Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Education (ID/IPE) occurs when two or more professions including the individual and family partner together as a team to learn about, from and with each other to effectively collaborate, investigate scientific endeavors, increase quality of care, and improve health outcomes.
As a comprehensive academic health center, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is uniquely situated to address concerns of both interdisciplinary and interprofessional education. We are committed to engaging all learners on campus and chose to use the inclusive terminology of both Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional through the acronym ID/IPE.
While many definitions explore the distinction between discipline and profession, research and education, our goal is to equally consider each with an emphasis on all learners focusing on collaboration from, with, and about each other.Two of the more widely utilized definitions are provided here for reference.
- The National Academies of Science, and National Science Foundation have an established definition of interdisciplinary research:
- The World Health Organization has established a definition of interprofessional education:
"Interdisciplinary research is a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice."
“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”
 Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (2004). Facilitating interdisciplinary research. National Academies. Washington: National Academy Press, p. 2 and the published full report: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, 2005, National Academies of Sciences, Chapter 2, p 26.
World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on Interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization. See http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2010/WHO_HRH_HPN_10.3_eng.pdf.