About Interprofessional Healthcare at UConn

The University of Connecticut is committed to excellence in health sciences education, research, patient care, and outreach. The University’s academic vision speaks to a commitment to interdisciplinarity as one of the critical centerpieces for the institution.

Definition:

The term interprofessional refers to opportunities and experiences that involve more than one profession (e.g., pharmacy and nursing) instead of interdisciplinary, which may involve collaboration among different disciplines or specialties within the same profession (e.g., internal medicine and dermatology).

The broader health sciences community has widely accepted the benefits of interprofessionalism to health care professionals, students and patients and the rich research environment created when scholarship extends across professions.

In recent years, there has been increasing collaboration in all of these domains among UConn faculty and students in the various health professions/sciences, consistent with the growing emphasis on interprofessionalism.

Though these efforts have been highly successful, the University has lacked a vision that articulates its goals and strategies with respect to interprofessionalism.

To that end, in the fall of 2013, the health sciences deans, in asserting the University’s commitment to interprofessionalism, established the Interprofessional Task Force (IPTF), with representation from health professions programs across the university.

IPTF was charged with developing an interprofessional strategic plan, consistent with the University’s academic vision, which would outline the university’s goals in four domains: health professions education, patient care, scholarship, and outreach/engagement.

With the completion of the IPTF’s work, the Committee on Interprofessional Excellence in Healthcare (CIPEH) was established to provide ongoing support and guidance for the interprofessional program.