University of Alaska Anchorage
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.
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.
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.
Working Documents Available for Download
Faculty Survey on Interprofessional Education
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
Prepared by Randy H. Magen, Ph.D.Associate Dean for Curriculum
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- The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice has designed a three-phase program where students attain specific interprofessional competencies.
- The Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services has developed a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services designed
for those already holding an Associates Degree and has specific pathways to graduate
programs in Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant.
- Northern Illinois University developed guidelines for the development of interdisciplinary courses.
- San Francisco State University's "Top Ten Suggestions for Interdisciplinary Teaching." The list includes web links to sites related to interdisciplinary teaching as well
- San Francisco State has also developed an Academic Senate Policy of Interdisciplinary Programs regarding interdisciplinary minors, an undergraduate interdisciplinary council,
and guidance for removing impediments to interdisciplinary activities.
- The College of Health Disciplines at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has a plethora of documents, events, and structures related to interdisciplinary education.
- The Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education is located at University of California San Francisco.
- Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education is a membership organization and think tank in the United Kingdom. The website has
many links to publications, both peer reviewed and grey literature.
- The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, funded by the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services leads, coordinates, and studies the advancement of collaborative,
team-based health professional education and patient care. The Center is housed at
the University of Minnesota.
- The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is an organization created by six national education associations that represent higher education in allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.