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Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Jacksonville State University: Committee & Resources : IPE Value Propositions & Examples



Interprofessional Education brings critical values to the table by synergizing the competencies and skills of different JSU departments to enable students to collaboratively learn and practice skills that will improve services, especially positive health outcomes. JSU’s mission focuses on a learning-centered community that provides distinctive educational, cultural, and social experiences to prepare students to be competent, ethical professionals as well as engaged, responsible, global citizens. IPE supports the JSU mission in several ways which are discussed below.

Cultural Competence/Cultural Humility and Communication

IPE has the potential to increase the competency of JSU students to deal with clients/patients from different cultural backgrounds. By working with students from different departments and diverse backgrounds, students will learn how to provide culturally competent care to their patients/clients and to properly communicate with them.

Community Engagement

IPE provides the opportunity to interact with the community and learn the skills needed to serve the community better.



Art Department 

  • Various types of Art Therapy – group or individual 
  • Painting 
  • Finger painting 
  • Doodling 
  • Scribbling 
  • Drawing 
  • Using molding clay 
  • Using textiles 
  • Making collages 
  • Psychology of Color, Texture, Shape, Shadow, etc to explain mood and as nonverbal communication. 

Theater and Film Department 

  • Focus on collaboration that is paramount to the discipline overall. 
  • Auto-Dramas and Psychodrama – major connection between psychology and acting. 
  • Drama Therapy – types of therapy that use theatrical techniques to explore human condition. 
  • Student actors to serve as patients or colleagues in role-playing scenarios. 
  • Acting and film students to produce and perform in training videos. 
  • Theatrical Make-up students to simulate injury and illness for diagnostic purposes. 
  • Improvisational work to enhance spontaneous, interpersonal communication, build ensemble, collaborate, and role-play doctor/patient communication, bedside manner, and counseling scenarios. 

English Department 

  • Writing scripts for interpersonal communications and training videos 
  • Journaling activities 
  • Writing personal narratives 
  • Poetry writing/Spoken Word 
  • Multiple therapeutic writing exercises 

History and Foreign Language Department 

  • Course in Medical Spanish or Spanish for Health Care Professionals 
  • Enhanced study in Greek and Latin for the Medial field 

Music Department 

  • Music Therapy – group or individual  
  • Drum Circles 
  • Song writing/lyrical storytelling 
  • Partner with Spoken word to underscore creative writing  
  • Playing an instrument as part of physical therapy and rehabilitation  
  • Building playlists to reflect mood or need, create a story, explore an experience, or as an alternate form of communication 
  • Music to alleviate pain, calm nerves, induce sleep, communicate mood, promote movement, and lessen tension 

 Family & Consumer Sciences Department


  • Recipe Creation 
  • Nutrition 
  • Eating Behaviors 
  • Overcoming Common Barriers to Healthful Eating 
  • Creating Healthy Kitchens 

Child Development 

  • Childhood Nutrition 
  • Positive Emotional Health 
  • Mental Health Support for Children 

Human Sciences 

  • Community Resources 
  • Mental Health Services 
  • Rehabilitative Services 
  • Memory Care  
  • Public Health 

Counseling and Instructional Support Departments

  • Clinically based community counseling 
  • For individuals 
  • For groups 
  • Family  
  • Substance abuse, addiction, and recovery 
  • Geriatric counseling and support 
  • Grief counseling 
  • Crisis (Individual)  
  • Psychological First Aid (Community-based crisis counseling) 
  • School counseling 
  • School-based mental health counseling and interventions 
  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling 
  • Community-wide Mental Health Summit 

 Social Work Department

  • Community resources 
  • Family preservation and support 
  • Child welfare 
  • School collaborations 
  • Healthcare promotion and support 
  • Mental health support 
  • Substance abuse support 
  • Emergency management 

Sociology Department

  • Organizational management 
  • Organizational improvement 
  • Schools 
  • Businesses 
  • Global community 
  • Understanding of social institutions 
  • Educational 
  • Mass media 
  • Family 
  • Economic 
  • Political 
  • Cultural exploration 
  • Organizational Consultation  

Biology Department 

  • Ecological Health Studies, such as how the health of individuals influences their surroundings. 
  • Collaborations on ecological health 



There are several ways multiple departments at JSU might contribute to, and benefit from IPE. All departments embrace a sense of collaboration that supports the mission of IPE to work with all areas within the University to improve student learning and preparedness.

The examples below are a preliminary list of potential ideas listed by department. Each of these areas offers unique contributions that could enhance and specialize the training of students as well as allow for more diverse and creative avenues of treatment.

It should be noted that these ideas are simply possibilities supported by the overall discipline; listing them does not necessarily mean a course, major, or program is currently offered in the

department or that a faculty member with the required training or expertise is currently employed within the department.

Ideas may be further developed and defined as the focus of IPE at JSU progresses.





Chemistry & Geosciences Department 

  • Chemistry intersects with pharmaceutical understanding. Could provide greater insight into patient health due to certain medicines. 
  • Geographical intersections with ecological health. Possibly presenting students with theories on how ecological health has influenced geographic trends. 
  • Anthropological intersection with ecological health studies and geographical studies. Possibly providing students with greater insight into how health outcomes not only shape regions but cultures throughout time. 

Mathematical, Computing, & Information Sciences Department 

  • Could provide statistical analysis for greater insight into empirical studies. 
  • Could provide future support for construction of an IPE data warehouse. 
  • Could provide students with mathematical models, which could intersect with theories of ecological health outcomes. 

Department of Communication 

  • Help with media strategies. 
  • Design and implement evidence-based research projects 
  • Use of entertainment-education strategies for behavior change 
  • Production of content to support the overall goal of IPE 
  • Creation of advocacy content 
  • Creation of persuasive messages 
  • Provider-patient communication 
  • Help improve interpersonal communication skills 
  • Communication across cultures 


Department of Finance, Economics, & Accounting 

  • Economic and financial decision making 
  • Healthcare analytics 
  • Market research 
  • Help with policy analysis 
  • Budget analysis 
  • Management of finances during pandemics or other crises 

Department of Management and Marketing 

  • Understanding of entrepreneurship 
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with clients 
  • Management of organizations 
  • Building an organization/individual brand 
  • E-commerce 
  • Help with advertisement and marketing strategies. 

Department of Applied Engineering 

  • Occupational health and safety management 
  • Health Technology 
  • Hazardous material management 
  • Organizational and individual safety 

Kinesiology Department 

  • Injury Management 
  • Rehabilitation Care/Plan of Care 
  • Evaluation and Referral/Triaging 
  • OSHA/Blood--Borne Pathogens 
  • Exercise Prescription 
  • Community Health 
  • Hazardous Materials 
  • Emergency Care and Management 
  • Occupational health and safety management 
  • Health Technology 
  • Hazardous material management 
  • Organizational/team and individual safety 
  • Help with media strategies. 
  • Design and implement evidence-based research projects 
  • Use of entertainment-education strategies for behavior change 
  • Production of content to support the overall goal of IPE 
  • Creation of advocacy content 
  • Creation of persuasive messages 
  • Provider-patient communication 
  • Help improve interpersonal communication skills 
  • Communication across cultures 
  • Teaching/Virtual Learning Opportunities 
  • Physical Education 
  • Activities 
  • Management of events 
  • Various Experiences across the lifespan (from pediatric to geriatrics) 
  • Research and Statistics 
  • Sport Management and Marketing 
  • Safety protocols for Management of Current Health Issues 
  • Nutrition 
  • Evidence-Based Practice 

Nursing Department

  • Community Resources 
  • High Fidelity Simulation Lab 
  • Skills Lab  
  • Hazardous Material Management 
  • Various Experiences across the lifespan (from pediatric to geriatric)  
  • Help improve interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Communication across cultures 
  • Teaching and management of the classroom 
  • Health Fairs 
  • Kid Checks 
  • Safety Protocols for current or other health issues 
  • Marketing  
  • Online Teaching  
  • Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Management of Events 

Respiratory Therapy Department

  • Respiratory Lab 
  • Various Experiences across the lifespan (from pediatric to geriatric) 
  • Respiratory Equipment including Ventilators. 
  • Hazardous Material Management 
  • Safety Protocols for current or other health issues 
  • Online Teaching 
  • Marketing 
  • Teaching and Management of classroom 
  • Evidence-Based Practice 
  • Management of Events 

Library Department 

The Library is in a great position to participate in the Interprofessional Education Initiative at Jacksonville State University. Our main accrediting agency is the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA acknowledges the unique role of librarians in facilitating campus-wide IPE since our profession is interdisciplinary by nature. We work as subject specialists amongst a wide range of disciplines.

  • Providing instruction or being embedded in courses, both for individual classes or providing instruction that’s beneficial for students across multiple health care professions.
  • Teaching citation sources using the preferred method for medical literature, teaching students how to utilize databases such as Medline, showing students important association Web sites that provide statistical information within the medical professions, assisting students with research and providing instruction on heavily-used reference works in healthcare.  
  • Providing research assistance to all faculty and administrators in health care fields. 
  • Creating guides on IPE
  • Ordering books & other resources on IPE.
  • Doing literature searches on IPE and sharing them with the Committee or interested faculty. 
  • Facilitating book clubs.  
  • Facilitating events and the space within which to host events. 
  • Children’s programming, such as our JSU College for Kids summer program in which faculty from all disciplines are invited to teach mini-lectures to children in our community about an interesting and kid-friendly topic within their subject area. 
  • Outside the institution: participating in hospital rounds in which literature searches for topics needed are gathered.