Founded in 2000, the Academic Health Center (AHC) Office of Education has developed support and services for University-wide efforts in health professions education. Built on a culture of interprofessional collaboration through convening faculty, staff, students and community members, our staff aim to prepare health professionals who are collaboration-ready to engage with people, families and communities to support the Minnesota and national transforming health environment. Dr. Barbara Brandt, Associate Vice President for Education, leads the office to advance innovations in education and interprofessional practice and education in the University of Minnesota. 

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Current Focus and AHC Office of Education Guiding Principles

Health care is changing. So we need to change the way we educate health care professionals.

The focus of the AHC Office of Education is to implement interprofessional learning for collaborative practice through the University of Minnesota 1Health Framework.

Guiding principles are:

  • Interprofessional education and collaborative practice are core to the missions of AHC schools and programs.
  • Teams of faculty, students and staff will engage with people, families, and communities to implement interprofessional practice and education.
  • Our work must be aligned with Minnesota and the nation’s health transformation.

To fulfill our vision, we are committed to being leaders in the field of interprofessional practice and education.  

Teams convened by the AHC Office of Education include:

  • Associate Deans Council
  • Interprofessional Practice and Education Advisory Committee
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Faculty development initiatives
  • Student Consultative Committee
AHC Office of Education Programs and Functions

The Office of Education houses, supports, and/or collaborates with the following programs and functions:

 Areas of Expertise
  • Scholarship, Research and Evaluation
  • Curriculum Design and Support
    Interprofessional learning design and development
  • Communications
    Communication vehicles to reach faculty students, and staff with interprofessional opportunities, resources and successes
  • Assessment and Evaluation
    Comprehensive longitudinal interprofessional evaluation planning with continuous improvement and metrics
  • Academic Oversight
    Academic program administration, including program review, affiliation agreements and liaison with Provosts office, as well as collegiate level structure for interprofessional degree programs
  • Program Development
    Educational programming to support interprofessional learning. Examples include simulations and health careers exploration
  • Student Learning Assessment Through Simulation
  • Interprofessional Logistics
    Course coordination, scheduling and logistics support