IPE Courses and Opportunities

Service-Learning for Health Professionals:

Course offered fall and winter semesters as Pharmacy 503, Public Health 503, Social Work 573, MedAdm 573
This service-based course explores issues of health disparities, poverty, and the medically underserved.  It allows for students to use their knowledge of professional roles to address health care needs and perform effectively in team roles to plan and deliver patient/population-centered care.  It is open to students of all health professions.
Read more about the course.

Team-Based Clinical Decision Making:

Course listed as Dentistry 760, Health Sciences 505, Med Admin 714, Pharmacy 714, Social Work 714
Large-scale interprofessional course designed for students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. Boosts understanding of how each discipline contributes to healthcare teams, the importance of effective communication, and the role of collaboration in clinical decision making. Student teams rotate through modules taught at all five schools by interdisciplinary pairs of faculty. Read more about this course.

Motivational Interviewing:

Professional-level students from the U-M health science schools take this workshop series, which focuses on communication with patients, families, communities, and professionals, to support a team approach for the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.

Ethical Dilemmas in Health for Social Work and Other Health Professions:

Course offered in Fall as SW705
From protecting human rights in biomedical research, to equity of health care services, to impact of new technologies, this graduate-level course approaches bioethics in relation to healthcare decisions and quality of life. Learn more.

MOOC – Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System:

This MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for U-M students is offered on its own or embedded at some schools to increase students’ confidence in their understanding of the healthcare system.  Learn more  about the 1-credit course (PUBHLTH 626).

Death, Loss and Grief:

Course offered Fall as SW 617 – Section 001
Addresses the theoretical framework of human loss and grief from a culturally and philosophically diverse perspective. Why and how humans grieve is examined, as well as how grieving is affected by type of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning.

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking within Health Care Settings:

Course offered in Fall as Law775
Interdisciplinary problem-solving course in which health science students will develop innovations to increase the identification of victims of human trafficking in healthcare settings. Learn more.

Introduction to Clinical Trials:

Course listed as: Pharmacy 647
This 2-credit class became a pilot IPE offering in Winter 2017; students design their own clinical trial by being part of a TO-T3 translational research team. Topics covered include trial design, ethical issues, managing the study team, study conduct, IRB and regulatory practice, protecting and respecting participants, managing data and data safety, and communicating findings.

Introduction to IPE:

This is a new learning module piloted in 2017. Students in the health professions watch an Intro to IPE video and complete an online assignment that allows them to reflect on their own professional perspective while learning about the perspectives of their peers.

BioPreparedness Exercise:

Now interprofessional, this mass emergency-preparedness exercise is hosted by the U-M School of Public Health, in collaboration with other U-M health sciences schools, the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, Washtenaw County Public Health, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more.

Breaking Bad News: 

A fourth-year medical student Standardized Patient Interaction modified to include social work students. The learning module was updated to include the roles of both specialties, and together the students practice breaking bad news in a simulated clinical scenario.

Hamilton Clinical Experience:

Community-based interprofessional pilot rotation for dentistry and nursing students that allows students from the two health professions to gain understanding of the clinical experience through collaborative patient care.

Interprofessional Clinical Experience (ICE):

Places medical students into clinical experience early in their career, to introduce them to the patient, healthcare team, and healthcare system. Students actively engage with various health professionals who work at that clinical site. Dentistry students are participating as a pilot to include other health science students. Learn more.

Social Justice Grand Rounds IPE:

Unites students in social work and pharmacy, along with faculty and staff, in a collaborative effort to consider social injustice and ethical practice issues. After a case presentation, students meet in interprofessional groups for discussion and debrief. Designed to be relevant to IPE competencies of values and ethics, the understanding of roles and responsibilities, teamwork, and communication. Learn more.

Hospital Dentistry:

Clinical experience opportunity for dentistry and pharmacy students to work with medical residents. Offered in fall and winter.

Student-Run Free Clinic:

Began as a medical student co-curricular; expanded in Fall 2016 for nursing students and in Fall 2017 for dentistry, pharmacy and other students. Read more about the clinic and its interprofessional expansions.

NOTE: U-M faculty who are interested in proposing a new course, clinical experience or learning module, please visit the IPE Opportunity Proposal page.