IPE Courses and Opportunities
Service-Learning for Health Professionals:
Fall & Winter / Course / Required for PharmD, Elective for others
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 and offered fall and winter semesters as Pharmacy 503, Public Health 503, Social Work 573, Movement Science 481 and Kinesiology 581. Read more.
Reducing Firearm Violence within Urban Communities
Winter / Course / Elective
Focused on underlying causes of firearm violence and exploring innovative health-science, public-policy, and criminal-justice problem-solving strategies to reduce negative firearm-related outcomes. Students will present final proposal to an expert review panel. Learn more and register for this 3-credit course from the U-M Problem-Solving Initiative.
Team-Based Clinical Decision Making:
Winter / Course / Required for DDS, MD, MSW, NP, PharmD
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. Listed as Dentistry 760, Health Sciences 505, Med Admin 714, Pharmacy 714, Social Work 714. Read more about this course.
Introduction to Clinical Trials:
Winter / Course / Elective
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. Listed as Pharmacy 647.
Breaking Bad News:
Fall & Winter / Experiential Opportunity / Elective
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.
Fall & Winter / Experiential Opportunity/ Elective
Clinical experience opportunity for dentistry and pharmacy students to work with medical residents.
Student-Run Free Clinic:
Year-Round / Experiential Course & Opportunity / Elective
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 aspect and reach.
Previously Offered IPE Opportunities
Concussion: Reducing Brain Injuries in Youth Football
Fall / Course / Elective
For reducing the risk of brain injury, students will work in multidisciplinary teams on novel solutions that draw from law, engineering, medicine, business, ethics, and other relevant fields. Learn more about this new 3-credit course from the U-M Problem-Solving Initiative.
Death, Loss and Grief:
Fall / Course / Elective for MSW and PharmD
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. Course offered Fall as SW 617 – Section 001
MOOC – Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System:
Fall / Course / Required or Elective
This MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for U-M students is offered for 2018 from October 8 – November 16, on its own or embedded at some schools to increase students’ confidence in their understanding of the health care system. Learn more about this 1-credit course (PUBHLTH 626).
Introduction to IPE:
Fall / Module / Required
The Introduction to IPE Module introduces students to the current health care landscape through the perspectives of patients and families as well as faculty. It then provides an overview of the history of interprofessional education and how it relates to the quadruple aim of health care: improved patient experience, improved population health, increased workforce satisfaction, and reduced cost of health care. The content is appropriate for students across the health science schools and is ideal for learners early in their programs. This module is a program requirement for a majority of the U-M health sciences.
IPE in Action:
Fall / Event / Required for most first-year health science students
Over 1,200 students and faculty will gather at Crisler Center for one of the largest educational gatherings to take place at U-M. Students from all 10 health science schools across U-M’s 3 campuses will learn about each other’s disciplines by working together through a case scenario.
Interprofessional Clinical Experience (ICE):
Fall / Experiential Opportunity / Required for MD and DDS
Places medical students into clinical experience early in their career, to introduce them to the patient, health care team, and health care system. Students actively engage with various health professionals who work at that clinical site. Learn more.
Social Justice Grand Rounds:
Fall / Event / Required for PharmD, Elective for SW, others
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.
Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking within Health Care Settings:
Course offered in Fall 2017 as Law775
Interdisciplinary problem-solving course in which health science students develop innovations to increase the identification of victims of human trafficking in healthcare settings. Learn more.
Ethical Dilemmas in Health for Social Work and Other Health Professions:
Fall 2017 / Course / Elective
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. Offered in Fall as SW705. Learn more.
Hamilton Clinical Experience:
Fall & Winter / Experiential Course / Elective
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.
Winter / Experiential Course / Elective
Mass emergency-preparedness exercise hosted by the U-M School of Public Health, in collaboration with other U-M health science schools, the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, Washtenaw County Public Health, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more.
Fall / Event / Optional
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.
U-M faculty who are interested in proposing a new course, clinical experience or learning module, please visit the IPE Opportunity Proposal page.