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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Diverse faculty meeting

What is IPE?

“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” (World Health Organization, 2010, p. 10).

Why IPE?

A number of CSUSM programs are interested in and/or require the professional practice of Interprofessional Education and IPE programs support:
  • Shared Expertise
  • Grant Funding
  • Campus Allies
  • Training Opportunities
  • Faculty Leadership
  • Enhances education experiences for students
  • Cost Savings

How do you see IPE fitting into your programs of study or your company or agency?

  • Undergraduate Education
  • Graduate Education
  • Simulation activities
  • Internships (schools, hospitals, clinical sites, hospice)
  • Health Promotion
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Need Assessments
  • Research

Interested in IPE?

Stacey Nones, Double-Major Student at CSUSM, presents Body Mechanics for Nurses

On November 21st, double-major student Stacey Nones hosted an interdisciplinary workshop for nursing and kinesiology students to collaborate and share injury prevention practices for nurses and other health care workers.  The workshops provided learning opportunities for both groups of students that were focused on different physical challenges in nursing and self-care methods.  Kinesiology students used their client-serving skills in observing and correcting body mechanics, while nursing students demonstrated the various challenges they face in the clinic.


The IPE Activity was a great success and both departments are hoping to repeat the experience in future semesters.  Sheri Biro RN, MSN, PHN

To learn more about how you can participate, partner, sponsor or collaborate, please reach out to our CEHHS IPE Committee or email Alison Scheer-Cohen.