Office of Interprofessional Education

Mission & Vision

Mission: The Office of Interprofessional Education advances patient-centered, collaborative learning and impactful scholarship, which fosters a culture of inclusion that promotes the health and well-being of our diverse communities.

Vision: The Office of Interprofessional Education will be an internationally recognized driver of innovative, experiential education, committed to instilling a collaborative culture to prepare a practice ready workforce that promotes the well-being of our diverse communities.

Interprofessional students working with a Community Health Mentor

Students working with a Community Health Mentor.

Interprofessional Courses

IPE 502 – Interprofessional Patient Centered Teams

Rush University is committed to interprofessional education for all incoming students. IPE 502 is a year-long course that introduces students to the four Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPEC) Domains: Values/Ethics, Roles/Responsibilities, Teams/Teamwork, and Communication through a variety of team-building activities. Students have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitude of each IPEC Domain through engaging with Community Health Mentors, adult volunteers living with a chronic disease(s), during 3 telehealth sessions.

IPE 502 graduates talking about their experience
IPE 502 Community Health Mentors

Student Testimonials

Hear from a few students about the importance of this IPE course:

It is critical to meet a patient where they are in their journey to health and not to project my own personal beliefs on them.

Occupational Therapy student

Understanding and approaching a patient’s social determinants of health requires effective team strategies.

Medical Laboratory Sciences student

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For more information on IPE 502 at Rush University, please contact

IPE 502 Director:
Jan Odiaga, DNP, CPNP-PC, RUSH College of Nursing
Theresa Gierlowski, MPM, RUSH College of Health Sciences
Mary Jo Guglielmo, MPH, RUSH College of Health Sciences
Lynette Richter, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CNL, CHSE, RUSH College of Nursing
Steve Taylor, OTD, OTR/L, College of Health Sciences
Community Health Mentor Director:
Grisel Rodriguez-Morales, MSW, LCSW, RUSH College of Health Sciences
Instructional Designer:
Lynette Washington, MATD, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTEI), RUSH University