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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Interprofessional collaboration is an approach that “values the ability of professionals to work with colleagues of other professions in a climate of mutual respect and shared values and to respect the unique cultures, values, roles/responsibilities and expertise of other health professions” (Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2011). IPE exercises allow students to prepare for interprofessional collaboration in practice. Health care outcomes are improved by collaborative practice, and, to prepare students for interdisciplinary practice, it is essential that students “practice” while in school. IPE activities strive to create an environment of respect that allows students to build value for each discipline’s roles, expertise and values. Moreover, IPE is mandated by accreditation standards for a number of professional programs. 

How is Ohio Northern University incorporating IPE into the curriculum?

An IPE committee has been formed with faculty representatives from the pharmacy, nursing, exercise physiology and medical laboratory science (MLS) programs as well as student representatives. The purpose and responsibilities for the committee include:


  • To promote, support and implement IPE initiatives and activities within the curriculum and community.
  • To promote the core competencies of IPE (derived from Interprofessional Education Collaborative Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative).
  • Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  • Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served.
  • Communicate with patients, families, communities and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.
  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Promote collaboration among professional programs. 
  • Serve as repository for IPE activities occurring at ONU. 
  • Develop IPE activities that are integrated into the curriculum throughout the educational programs within each professional discipline.
  • Promote and assist in the development of additional IPE activities, including elective courses and co-curricular activities. 

Who is on the IPE Committee currently?

  • Two faculty members from the College of Pharmacy
  • One faculty member from the MLS program
  • One faculty member from the nursing program
  • One faculty member from the exercise physiology program
  • One student representative from the College of Pharmacy
  • One student representative from a non-pharmacy program
  • Ex officio members as needed

What are the specific goals of the committee?

The IPE Committee has goals for both the upcoming school year and the future. Some goals for the upcoming school year include:

  • Continue to refine, deliver, and assess educational activities throughout the curriculum using longitudinal, objective-based programming
  • Development of elective programming to broaden student exposure to IPE and interprofessional care 
  • Dissemination of efforts through publications and presentations
  • Develop IPE initiatives outside mandatory curriculum activities, including outreach, seminar events, and other activities to expand interprofessional exposure and experience
  • Maintain repository of IPE activities across campus

Some long-term goals for the committee include:

  • Increase professional programs involved in IPE by reaching out to other programs at Ohio Northern University or institutions outside of ONU 
  • Continue to disseminate efforts 
  • Offer faculty development
  • Expand community outreach
  • Explore experiential/practical applications
  • Examine longitudinal assessment and outcomes

Who can I contact with questions?

Please contact Michelle Musser, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and current IPE committee chairperson, at or 419-772-2302.


I am currently implementing an activity or thinking of implementing an activity that I think should be considered IPE. What should I do?

If you are currently implementing an IPE activity, please click on this SURVEY LINK so that the IPE committee can track activities like yours. 


Where can I get more information?