Education at OHSU

Interprofessional Education

Since 2012, the Interprofessional Initiative has helped drive an educational revolution at OHSU. Working collaboratively across OHSU's schools and programs, we have built a model for interprofessional practice and education that makes team-based, patient-centered care the new standard. The success of the Interprofessional Initiative relies on collaboration among administrators, faculty, students, community partners and patients. 

Message from the Provost

I am delighted to highlight OHSU’s Interprofessional Education Initiative (IPE) as a signature experience for students in the clinical health professions at OHSU. Currently, we offer a variety of interprofessional educational opportunities for our students from Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, Physician Assistant, Nutrition, Radiation Therapy, Medical Physics, Pharmacy, Medical Lab Scientist, and Emergency Medical Technician programs.

The core of our initiative is the IPE Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice Course, where incoming students take part in an institutional wide course. The course focuses on the IPE Core Competencies (teams/teamwork, communication, roles/responsibilities, ethics/values), patient safety, and collaborative care. This inter-institutional collaboration (OHSU, OSU, and OIT) initiative is only possible thanks to the continued and sustained collaboration of our programs, faculty, students, and staff from across the institution.

The Campus for Rural Health Program offers another opportunity for interprofessional education. In these clinical rotations, students learn, live, and work together in an interprofessional manner while engaging with the local community, further deepening their understanding of the paramount importance of collaborative practice.

While there are core courses dedicated to IPE, there are also electives, events, and experiences offered throughout our programs, and I invite you to explore all of the ways we practice interprofessional education at OHSU. Under the direction of the IPI Steering Committee, composed of members from different schools and programs, OHSU will continue to facilitate and grow quality interprofessional education, practice, and research. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the IP Initiative, feel free to email me at


Elena Andresen

OHSU Provost and Executive Vice President

Radiation Therapy students using simulation interactive program

At OHSU, we believe that team-based, collaborative care will result in:

  • More effective and safer care for patients
  • Lower health care costs and better outcomes for populations

That's why collaboration and education of a clinical and scientific workforce that addresses the health of populations in an interprofessional environment is an essential component of students' learning experience and are integrated throughout OHSU's healing, education, research and community service missions.

IPE Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice

Interprofessional education occurs when learners from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other in order to enable effective collaboration

Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice (IPE 401, 501, & 701) introduces early healthcare learners to the four core competencies of interprofessional education:

Competency 1: Values/ ethics for interprofessional practice (VE)

Competency 2: Roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice (RR)

Competency 3: Interprofessional communication practice (CC)

Competency 4: Interprofessional teamwork and team-based practice (TT)1


1Interprofessional Education Collaborative. (2016). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: 2016 update. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

About 700 incoming students each year are required to take IPE Foundations. Students are put together in groups of up to 15 students, and then combined in interprofessional teams of 3 or 4 students.

Programs and Schools included:

Clinical and educational faculty from all across OHSU and OIT facilitate in interprofessional pairs. 

This is an annual course, which includes three 4-hour sessions, one session each term: Fall, Winter, and Spring. For more details, please visit Interprofessional Practice and Education in the O2 site.

Three IPE Foundations students having a group discussion.