Interprofessional Education Opportunities for USC Students in the Health Services

Since 2012, more than 1,000 students have taken an interprofessional class at USC.

Currently there are two IPE classes at USC:

Transforming Health Care for the Future
Cross-listed as: SCCP 690, DMEDD 602, NURS J428, PUBH 678, SOWK 678
Course description:
This course provides the foundation for beginning health professions students to gain an understanding of the complexities of the healthcare system, and the importance of interprofessional collaboration in order to improve the system. Through experiential activities (readings, case discussions, and systems-based problem analysis) conducted in interprofessional teams, this course is intended to provide students with foundational knowledge on collaborative care, teamwork essentials, and enhanced communication in complex health systems.  Through this interprofessional context, students will explore the art and science of teamwork and communication skills, cultural competency, ethical issues, healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, and evidence-based literature.

Addressing Childhood Obesity through Community Approaches
Cross-listed as:  SCCP 788, HPEB 679, SOWK 679
Course description:
This service-learning interprofessional course introduces students to community and public health approaches for the prevention of childhood obesity. The course is provided in collaboration with the MUSC Junior Doctors of Health (JDOH) program. JDOH is an interprofessional service-learning program that works with youth in low-income schools to promote healthy diet and physical activity behaviors for the prevention of childhood obesity. A primary service goal of the program is to train youth advocates (elementary students), called Junior Doctors of Health, who will promote healthy living for obesity prevention in their homes, schools, and communities. Throughout the semester, University students are provided with exposure to concepts of obesity prevention from the perspectives of different disciplines including, public health, social work, exercise science, pharmacy, medicine, and behavioral nutrition. In addition, students are provided with training to teach diet and physical activity lessons to elementary school students. Sessions in basic classroom management and modeling for behavior change are included. University students work in interprofessional teams to deliver a structured, interactive classroom based curriculum in a local elementary school.

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