Education at OHSU

Interprofessional Education

Since 2012, the Interprofessional Initiative (IPI) has helped drive an educational revolution at OHSU. Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when learners from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other in order to collaborate more effectively. Working across OHSU's schools and programs, our IPE program aims to create healthcare workers who are committed to making 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. 

The perspective from the Provost’s Office

I am delighted to highlight OHSU’s Interprofessional Education Initiative as a signature experience for students in the clinical health professions at OHSU. We offer a variety of interprofessional educational opportunities for our students across many of our programs.

The core of our initiative is the IPE Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice Course, where incoming clinical program students take part in an institution-wide course. The course focuses on the four IPE Core Competencies (teams/teamwork, communication, roles/responsibilities, ethics/values), patient safety, and collaborative care. This collaboration with two other Oregon institutions – Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology - is only possible thanks to the continued financial support of OHSU and sustained joint efforts of our programs, faculty, students, and staff.

The Campus for Rural Health (CRH) Program offers another opportunity for interprofessional education. In clinical rotations offered through the CRH, students from across programs learn, live, and work together while engaging with the local community, deepening their understanding of collaborative practice in challenged rural healthcare settings.

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 Interprofessional Initiative, feel free to email me at


Elena Andresen
OHSU (former) 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
  • Better patient-centered care

IPE Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice

OHSU is proud to offer our Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice Course (IPE 401, 501, & 701), which 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 assigned to groups of up to 15 students, and then combined in interprofessional teams of three or four.

We involve a range of students, including:

Clinical and educational faculty from all across OHSU and Oregon Tech facilitate in interprofessional pairs. It is an annual course which includes one 4-hour session each term (Fall, Winter and Spring), for three total sessions. For more details, OHSU members can visit the Interprofessional Practice and Education O2 site.

OHSU members can learn more at the Interprofessional Practice and Education O2 site. If you are an OHSU faculty and would like to facilitate in future sessions, please sign up. If you are not part of OHSU, please reach out to for more information.

Three IPE Foundations students having a group discussion.