Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional education is defined as formal, planned "occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care" (Barr, 2005). In our context, interprofessional education is expanded to include collaboration between two or more academic units and/or disciplines.

In the College of Health, the ultimate goals of interprofessional education are to:

  • increase collaboration between disciplines (professions) 
  • improve service delivery 
  • reduce errors in health and human services
  • promote health and better systems of care
  • prepare students for high demand careers that require effective team work.

Committee Charge

The charge to the committee is to develop a plan for building shared interprofessional1] courses and programs. A portion of this plan should be to design a common core curriculum or curricula components for College of Health programs. The committee should also design structures (processes) that will support and lead to further development of interprofessional curricula. The committee is encouraged to explore innovative and creative approaches to this charge.

Members of the committee are expected to act as leaders or champions of interprofessional education within their respective academic units.

Ultimately, faculty are responsible to the communities of Alaska, Alaskan health and social service providers, and their individual academic disciplines for the content and the quality of the curriculum.

[1]interprofessional education is defined as formal, planned "occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care" (Barr, 2005). The definition of interprofessional education, in our context, is expanded to include collaboration between two or more academic units and/or disciplines. The ultimate goals of interprofessional education in the UAA COH are to increase collaboration between disciplines (professions), improve service delivery, reduce errors in health and human services, promote health and better systems of care, and prepare students for high demand careers that require effective team work.

The following working documents are available for download:

Faculty Survey on Interprofessional Education
January 2013
Prepared by College of Health Interprofessional Education Committee
The Interprofessional Education Committee conducted a survey of College of Health faculty regarding their knowledge and attitudes toward interprofessional education. Download the summary and results below:

Interprofessional Education in the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health: The current environment and possible future directions
October 2012 
Prepared by Randy H. Magen, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Curriculum
Download this working document: