What is Interprofessional Practice & Education?

"Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength."

-World Health Organization, 2010,  "Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice"

Interprofessional education has been a focus of the Beaver College of Health Sciences since the college was founded in 2010. Interprofessional learning is crucial to both the college goals of being nationally recognized for innovation and collaboration and ensuring BCHS graduates are prepared to work effectively across and within interprofessional environments and disciplines.

There has been increasing recognition of the key role that effective teamwork and collaboration between fields plays in improving the quality and safety of health care. By equipping students with interdisciplinary experiences before entering professional settings, BCHS graduates leave with the ability to make significant contributions and spearhead interprofessional teamwork in their fields.

The Need for IPE

Investing in Interprofessional Education (IPE) is central to ASU Beaver College of Health Sciences' commitment to elevating health and quality of life in our region and beyond by preparing future leaders through transformative education, collaborative research and community engagement.

Many health professions (Nursing, Nutrition, AT, SLP, SW) national accreditation standards require IPE.

Vision & Goals

BCHS Vision Statement

The vision of the Beaver College of Health Sciences is to be a national leader in interprofessional education and innovative scholarship focused on sustainable health and quality of life.

BCHS Strategic Goal

Interprofessional Education. Prepare professionals who champion person/family/community-centered health and well-being through effective collaborations with other disciplines

IPE Spotlight & Awards

2021 Interprofessional Champion Award:  The HOPE Lab – Drs. Becki Battista, Robert Broce, Rich Christiana, Joy James, Brooke Towner, & Heather Venrick

2020 Interprofessional Champion Award: Adam Hege, Public Health

2019 Interprofessional Champion Award: Kellie Reed Ashcraft, Social Work