What We Do
Learning that emphasizes real-world experience
The overarching purpose of the Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education is to give students in the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine the opportunity to develop skills in hands-on, team-based health care environments, preparing them for all of the obstacles inherent in modern health care.
Our nationally recognized center utilizes content experts and experienced interprofessional faculty to deliver high-quality educational experiences to students. The center has been nationally recognized, receiving the 2020 ASAHP Award for Institutional Excellence and Innovation in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Health Care Program of Merit, and has had many regional and national presentations and publications of it’s work.
The resources offered by the center are second to none. The case studies, seminars and simulations are designed by our interprofessional teams of faculty and students. We’ve created these resources to reflect the environments and situations encountered in the real healthcare world, ensuring that our students’ education remains completely relevant to the challenges that they will ultimately face. Whether working on simulated patients together or treating actual ones in one of our clinics, students gain a multidisciplinary perspective on best practices and ethics, enhance each other’s clinical skills and make a positive difference in people’s lives.
What is Interprofessional Education?
Interprofessional (IP) education is when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other1. The goal of interprofessional education is to help prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improved population health outcomes2.
Educational opportunities from Center for Interprofessional Education the revolve around the quadruple aim of healthcare: improve the patient experience of care, improve the health of populations, reduce the per capita cost of health care and improve the work life of health care providers3. The CIHE embeds the core competencies of interprofessional education (values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork2) into various learning activities to better prepare students to become high quality healthcare providers.
Reciprocal Learning Opportunities
Solving health care challenges together
We offer our students many opportunities for interprofessional and reciprocal learning. These include:
- Interprofessional healthcare community-based service activities
- A variety of interactive case studies and seminar discussions that focus on interprofessional healthcare for children and adults across the practice settings that have complex needs
- Online learning modules
- Team learning with mannequins and standardized patients: These exercises include simulated cardiac arrests, end of life care, transition of care, home visits, simulated births, ambulatory and in-hospital care.
Please visit the CIHE resource website on MyQ for a full list of offerings.
Graduate with a Distinction in Interprofessional Health Care Education and Earn a Certified Digital Badge.
The program of distinction is an optional program that enables groups of students from all of Quinnipiac’s health care-based programs to develop the core competencies of interprofessional, team-based health care.
Program requirements include 60 hours of knowledge and skills development, experiential learning activities. Graduating with the distinction in interprofessional health care education gives students an advantage as it proves to employers that they have experienced the team dynamic that defines patient care today. A digital badge is a formal recognition certifying completion and competence of interprofessional education activities; badges can be displayed in a variety of online platforms including e-mail, social media and social networking sites.