1Health: Setting a new standard for interprofessional education


Through its 1Health initiative, University of Minnesota is preparing students in allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine and other related programs, such as social work, to develop the skills needed for success in interprofessional collaborative practice. 1Health challenges students throughout their academic careers to understand and value the importance of teamwork, communication and collaborative care as they grow into their roles as health professionals.

Why is IPE important?

Interprofessional education is a critical component in the evolving health care environment. It is essential for students in health professional programs to learn the skills necessary to work effectively in a team-based, patient-centered, interprofessional setting. This goal has been clearly articulated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim -- to improve patient care and outcomes, improve the health of populations and reduce the overall cost of healthcare. 

The 1Health learning process consists of three phases:

Phase I - Orientation: The Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (FIPCC) course provides students across the Academic Health Center (AHC) with an introduction to interprofessional education concepts and teamwork skills. Learn more…

Phase II - Necessary Skills: Online modules and exciting simulation experiences are being developed to provide students with additional skills and experiences to prepare for their rotations in the practice setting. Learn more…

Phase III - Expertise in Practice: An observation and reflection activity paired with an interprofessional debriefing session are being integrated into required clinical/fieldwork rotations in many AHC programs.  This real-world learning through authentic experiences builds on students’ knowledge and ability to contribute to team-based care.  Learn more…

1Health Interprofessional Initiative