Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Interprofessional Healthcare Education and Practice

What is Interprofessional Education and Practice?

The professional schools of Loyola University Chicago are committed to working together to promote interprofessional education and practice. The goal of interprofessional education is to prepare future healthcare providers and professionals to work together as a team to improve patient and population health care. This includes engaging in foundational research on interprofessional education/collaborative practice (IPE/CP); the use of interprofessional collaborative practice models to provide better care for patients; and ultimately transforming healthcare by championing interprofessional models that are patient centered and result in safe, high quality, cost effective care.

Interprofessional Practice Opportunities:

Loyola is a leader among universities in the United States to implement collaborative education and practice models.  Interprofessional coursework, clinical practica and learning opportunities are available for nursing, medical, public health, law, health systems management, business, bioethics, social work, nutrition, and exercise science students to learn together.  

National Recognition for Interprofessional Practice:

Loyola University Chicago has recently been honored by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to be a Nexus innovation site. One of the interprofessional projects, Interprofessional Care Coordination Teams to Address Diabetes, is being conducted in collaboration with Loyola University Health System, our hospital/health system partner.   

Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE) 

The Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE) is located at Loyola’s Health Sciences Division campus in Maywood, IL. The goal is to promote collaborative interprofessional education and practice across health care disciplines.

I-TIE initiatives include: Ambassadors who are healthcare faculty and providers who champion Interprofessional education; The Journal Club, which brings together students and faculty from different disciplines to learn together and share ideas; and numerous innovative faculty and student development opportunities. 

Federal Grants to Support Interprofessional Education and Practice:

Interprofessional Educational for Healthcare (IPEH)

Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing, in collaboration with Loyola University Health System (LUHS), has been fortunate to receive a Health Resources and Services Administration grant (HRSA #UD7HP26040) to further interprofessional education and practice. This grant is titled Interprofessional-Collaborative Redesign and Evaluation for Population Access to Health  (I-CARE PATH)

The purpose of the project is to develop nurse leaders and demonstrate nursing leadership in the transformation of primary health care to create practice environments in which nurse-led teams work collaboratively to substantially benefit residents of an underserved, geographically-defined community.

Grant-funded resources are being used to design innovative interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) training for providers, faculty and students; redesign of care delivery in a LUHS Family Practice clinic and School-based Health Center; and to revise/expand IPCP clinical experiences in primary health care and community settings.

Grant funding has allowed the development of on-line educational modules on Interprofessional Educational for Healthcare (IPEH).  Visit the website to learn about patient centered care, patient centered medical homes, and interprofessional collaborative practice.

Inter-professional-Promoting Access to Health (I-PATH)

The I-PATH community health project is supported by a HRSA Advanced Nurse Education grant #D09HP25925. The goal of the project is to support interprofessional courses and clinical experiences for students in nursing, public health and medicine. The project includes a website to share information broadly with healthcare provider, educators, and the public.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Website:

Key features of the I-PATH website include CHNA learning modules and data updates; a discussion of the Affordable Care Act’s  (ACA) impact on dietetics; and a video collection highlighting chronic disease topics.

Educational materials on the CHNA website are created by graduate students representing nursing, dietetics, public health and medicine. This website can be used by health care institutions engaging in community health needs assessments required by the ACA, but also by health care providers and students conducting needs assessments for various health related community interventions.

Simulation Experiences to Enhance Collaborative Practice:


Cutting-edge simulations of real life patient care situations in the hospital, clinic and community are integral parts of health professions education at Loyola.  Faculty from the Schools of Nursing and Medicine are collaborating to implement high-fidelity interprofessional simulation experiences for students. 

The TeamSTEPPS curriculum was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Department of Defense. TeamSTEPPS is a highly interactive simulation experience designed to enhance team dynamics with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and outcomes.

Team STEPPS is utilized by senior nursing students and 4th year medical students during their emergency medicine rotation to lay the groundwork for interprofessional collaborative practice which will be the norm in the healthcare system of the future. This simulation has recently been offered for practicing health professionals, Loyola students, and as a highly successful presentation for students in other professional schools in Illinois.      

Poverty Simulation

The poverty simulation is a large-scale, three-hour simulation where participants role play one month in the lives of families living in poverty. Students adopt the roles of impoverished families and must interact with the many community agencies that both help and hinder survival of the poor in our society.  This interprofessional experiential learning simulation is offered at the Lake Shore Campus, Water Tower Campus, and Health Sciences Campus during the fall and spring semesters and attracts 80-90 participants for each half day simulation. All Loyola University faculty, students, staff, and community agencies are welcome to attend.