What Is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

As defined by the World Health Organization in 2010, “Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”

Quadruple Aim Graphic: Improved Provider Outcomes, Improved Patient Outcomes, Improved Patient Experiences, Lower Cost of Care“Interprofessional practice in health-care occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.”

Goals of Interprofessional Education and Practice include improved patient outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and improved patient and provider experience. These four goals are known as the Quadruple Aim.

IPE at Marquette University

Marquette University recognizes the value of Interprofessional practice in healthcare, and takes seriously our responsibility to prepare students to operate on healthcare teams through Interprofessional Education. The university's Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Committee partners with faculty to create educational experiences for all students, focused on outcomes defined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies.

Competency Domain 1: Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
Competency Domain 2: Roles /Responsibilities
Competency Domain 3: Interprofessional Communication
Competency Domain 4: Teams and Teamwork

Our “Core4” is a series of four workshops, each based on an IPEC competency, that assigns students to teams and provides them the opportunity to learn alongside an interprofessional cohort over four semesters.IPE Core4 Workshops: Part 1 - Communication, Part 2 - Values/Ethics, Part 3 - Team of Dynamics, Part 4 - Roles and Responsibilities on an IPE Team In addition to participation in the workshop series, students participate in unique experiential learning sessions focused on a team approach to healthcare in various classes.

List of participating programs

  • Athletic Training
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Dentistry
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Speech Language Pathology