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What Is Interprofessional Education?

What is interprofessional education (IPE)? The World Health Organization describes IPE and its relationship to collaborative practice as the result of  when "students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Interprofessional education is a necessary step in preparing a 'collaborative practice-ready' health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs" (World Health Organization, 2010).  

What Does Interprofessional Education Look Like?

Interprofessional education is learning beyond disciplines. It is advancing health care through its integration of health care delivery systems that improve patient safety and well-being. Through team focused learning experiences, simulation of care-based scenarios, and collaboration for improved patient outcomes, students, faculty and preceptors, are working together and learning from one another.  

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Interprofessional Education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Interprofessional education is a cross-discipline, team-based learning experience for health sciences students, faculty and preceptors.  

By applying an integrated curriculum and training program across each school and campus, students are learning skills to work collaboratively in improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

The mission of the Office of Interprofessional Education at TTUHSC is to inspire and transform future healthcare professionals through collaborative learning of interprofessional methods in student education, faculty development, and preceptor training to advance the overall health and well-being of the West Texas community and beyond.


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Number of registered IPE activities across all campuses

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Number of students attending Office of Interprofessional Education sponsored events in 2017

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Percentage of students who strongly agree that learning with other health professions improves patient quality of care and outcomes