Introduction to IPE at U-M

In 2015, The University of Michigan leadership, including the Provost and the seven health science deans, committed $6 million over a 5 year period to launch an Interprofessional Education initiative. The Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education was formed at that time to be a coordinating center for Interprofessional Education and collaborative care efforts at the University of Michigan.

A number of benefits of IPE have been suggested in the literature including:

  • promotion of critical thinking and value of varied perspectives
  • exploration of preconceptions and challenging stereotypes and bias that impacts patient care and population health
  • knowledge of roles and expertise of various disciplines leading to better use of team resources and patient outcomes
  • research opportunities that are generated from interdisciplinary team collaboration
  • and gaining knowledge and developing skills in interprofessional teamwork

Listen to what UM faculty and students involved in an interprofessional education course have to say about their experience and the benefits of IPE.

For more information about the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education and IPE activities, resources and a list of IPE activities for students and staff at the University of Michigan, click here:


Is Interprofessional Education limited to full semester credited classes?

No.  IPE is a way of learning and is not limited to a standard for-credit class.

IPE designated activities must meet core curricular guidelines and core competencies and can be taught in a variety of creative activities such as a classroom-based course, a clinical, field or community experience, or a time-limited learning workshop for a one-time event. To see the variety of IPE activities that have been offered at U-M, please click here