About Us

Our Purpose

Transform lives through interprofessional collaboration in education, research, and practice to improve the lives of others.

Our Vision

Be an extraordinary interprofessional team, committed to excellence, recognized for collaboration, and unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom.

Our Mission

Create solutions for a healthier community by creating systems within which interprofessional collaboration thrives.

 

Interprofessional education and practice IPE/P has been identified as a primary initiative in the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s institutional strategic plan. The Interprofessional Education and Practice Department was implemented in 2012 to lead the UNTHSC strategic initiatives to create an institutional culture of IPE across its five colleges/schools (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, UNT System College of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions, PA and PT, School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences). The Department of IPE/P operates on a department budget funded through the Provost’s office.

IPE/P Institutional Structure

An institutional model utilizing Dean appointed IPE coordinators from each of the five UNTHSC College/Schools is used to achieve active and equal IPE representation across all colleges/schools. IPE coordinators work collaboratively with IPE coordinators from the other colleges/schools through an IPE curriculum committee. IPE coordinators are at the faculty or associate dean level, share a common set of roles and responsibilities, and have a portion of their time paid through the Department of Interprofessional Education and Practice to ensure active participation .The colleges/schools collectively discuss shared or common IPE curriculum and IPE student activities through an institutional IPE curriculum committee. IPE coordinators communicate about the IPE initiatives with their colleges/schools and assist the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice in successful implementation of institutional IPE strategic initiatives.


IPE/P Guiding Principles:

IPE/P should be integrated into each college/school’s curriculum, begin with the initial year of a student’s healthcare education and be reinforced across all years of education and training.

IPE/P experiences must be leveled appropriately based on student and program readiness.

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) IPE Core Competencies represent a common framework through which collaborative practice competencies can be addressed across health professions.

IPE/P faculty development and collaborative practice continuing education for the practice community are vital to creating a culture of IPE.

IPE outcome must be assessed for program effectiveness and program refinement must be ongoing.

 

This page was last modified on November 3, 2016