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Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Education




In public health, interprofessional is defined as working with professions outside the professional disciplines of public health. In other words, it is not epidemiologists collaborating with public health policy professionals but epidemiologists collaborating with other professions that have their own distinct identities and specialty knowledge. For example, other professions may include physicians, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists. However, in public health collaboration goes far beyond the health sciences and into professions like education, food science, urban planning, public administration, engineering, housing authorities, police departments and beyond. It is important for public health professionals to understand the roles, specialty knowledge and skills of relevant professionals and how they contribute to overall public health goals. (CEPH)

The UIC School of Public Health endorses the importance of IPE as a key component of improving the skills of our students and the current and future health workforce.

The IPHS 650 CRN 11763: Interprofessional Education course was developed in response to a new requirement of the accreditation body for schools of public health, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), that students develop a competency in interprofessional education.



Interprofessional Education (IPE) is a requirement for MPH Students, beginning with students matriculating in Fall 2018.  Students may register for this activity with a minimum of 10 hours of SPH credit; however, this activity does not have to be completed within the first year of study.

It is highly recommended and anticipated that on-campus students will fulfill their IPHS 650 CRN 11763: Interprofessional Education requirements by participating in the UIC IPE Immersion Day. This annual event brings together nearly 1,000 graduate students and over 100 faculty and staff facilitators from all seven science colleges to explore interprofessional collaborative practice across health disciplines and professions.

The four-hour program leads students through a series of facilitated discussions and exercises built around videos and cases that cover four major themes:

Registration for the IPE Immersion Day (Friday, April 12, 2019, from 8:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum - 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago IL, 60608) will be made available through Blackboard in February 2019.

On-line students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the on-line module Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak:  Preparation for Interprofessional Practice.  This is a self-paced, interactive, online module that demonstrates the importance of interprofessional practice among health professionals to improve and protect population health. The module includes a pre-module assessment, case scenario videos, supporting resources that can be saved to a personal library, a post-module assessment, and a Certificate of Completion. Registration will be made available through Blackboard.  

All MPH students are required to register for their IPE activity during the open registration period for the semester of the selected IPE activity.  

A list of alternate IPE activities may be found here: Alternate IPE Options



Step One: Register for IPHS 650 CRN 11763: Interprofessional Education in the semester prior to your IPE activity.

Step Two: Complete IPHS 650 CRN 11763 Selection Form via Blackboard (when made available) and indicate selected IPE activity.

Step Three: Register for selected on campus or on-line student IPE activity.

Step Four: Complete all requirements, including any assigned readings and a final reflective post-assessment, through Blackboard.



IPHS 650 CRN 11763: Interprofessional Experience Syllabus

IPHS 650 CRN 11763: Letter to MPH Students



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