Office of Interprofessional Education

At the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, our goal is to expose health professions students across campus to interprofessional learning experiences and activities that address patient care, population health and community problems that will carry on in their practice settings.

It is important that health professions students are exposed to the importance of each discipline in the care of a patient to improve health outcomes and model that experience in their practices. Students are introduced to team concepts through the Interprofessional Health Care Course (IPHC), which introduces students to the roles of other health care professionals and the concept of teamwork. The Interprofessional Student Community-based Learning Experience (ISCLE) allows students to put into practice what they have learned in IPHC.

Reports on health reform emphasize the need for health professionals to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams to improve health care delivery (IOM Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality, 2003). Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (2016) serve as the basis for interprofessional education activities at the University of North Dakota.

The University has offered interprofessional education since 2006. The curriculum was revamped in 2013.