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Interprofessional Healthcare Studies Course Descriptions

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HIPS 501 – Introduction to Interprofessional Healthcare Studies (3 QH)

This course sets the stage for interprofessional study by covering the education, training licensure, roles and functions and history of a variety of health professions. It emphasizes the overlapping nature of the disciplines and stresses collaborative communication and action.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HIPS 550 – Evidence Based Practice (3 QH)

This course is an introduction to the utilization of best evidence in the practice of healthcare in multiple disciplines. What is considered evidence by different professions is covered. The course begins with the development of interprofessional questions and moves to successful search strategies, ending with the application of the evidence to improving quality of care.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HIPS 560 – Critical Inquiry 1 – Research Design (3 QH)

This course is an introduction to the elements of thought and the logic of critical thinking. Measurement theory and principles are studied. The role of the research in professional practice is examined. Principles and application of scientific inquiry are emphasized.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HIPS 561 – Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)

This course covers fundamental concepts and methods of statistics for data analysis, presentation, reporting, and interpretation. Students will develop practical knowledge and skills for application of basic statistical analyses.

HIPS 562 – Measurement Principles (3 QH)

This course is designed to assist students to understand the principles of measurement theory. An opportunity is provided to explore the reliability and validity of measurement instruments of the student's choice.

Prerequisite: HIPS 560 and HIPS 561

HIPS 600 – Introduction to Doctoral Study (3 QH)

This course introduces the new graduate student to the importance of critical thinking and the strategies for independent inquiry necessary for doctoral level study. Career patterns and pathways are investigated with emphasis on goal setting.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HIPS 601A Interprofessional Education Seminar (3 QH)

This course is a discussion centered learning experience in which special topics in the area of Interprofessional Education are considered. Literature is identified and discussed with a recognized expert in the area.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all coursework.

HIPS 601B Interprofessional Practice Seminar (3 QH)

This course provides an opportunity to explore, analyze and interrogate contemporary topics in interprofessional clinical practice through review of pertinent literature under the guidance of an expert in the area.

Prerequisite: HIPS 501.

HIPS 601C Interprofessional Theory Seminar (3 QH)

This course is a discussion centered learning experience in which special topics in the area of Interprofessional Theory are considered. Literature is identified and discussed with a recognized expert in the area.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all coursework.

HIPS 605 Independent Study (3 QH)

This course allows an individual student to identify and investigate a current topic of interest in the field of interprofessionalism. Reading and research will result in a paper or formal presentation.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

HIPS 660 – Ethics in Research (3 QH)

This course provides an overview of bioethics and discusses a broad range of potential situations in which a researcher may become involved. Familiarization with the ethical decision making process and developing an appreciation for the ethical challenges of research is included.

Prerequisite: HIPS 560 and HIPS 561

HIPS 680 – Proposal Development (3 QH)

This course guides students through the steps necessary for the development of their dissertation proposals. Each student identifies a research problem, develops a research design and suggests methodology for data collection and analysis. Overall, the course lays the groundwork for the completion of the research work and dissertation.

Prerequisite: HIPS 560 and HIPS 561

HIPS 701 – Practicum in Interprofessional Education (6 QH)

This course is an individualized learning experience in which a student participates in a class with an interprofessional student body. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes.

Prerequisite: HIPS 501

HIPS 702 – Practicum in Interprofessional Service Learning (6 QH)

This course provides an individualized learning experience in which a student participates in an interprofessional service learning activity. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes.

Prerequisite: HIPS 501

HIPS 703 – Practicum in Interprofessional Healthcare (6 QH)

This course provides an interprofessional learning experience in which a student plans and observes an interprofessional interaction. The student develops objectives for the experience, a learning plan and a measurement tool for outcomes.

Prerequisite: HIPS 501

HIPS 710 – Clinical Research (Min 9 QH)

This course provides an individualized clinical research project which involves the identification of an interprofessional clinical problem, review of the literature, data collection and analysis followed by the preparation of a publishable paper. Oral defense is required.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous coursework.

HIPS 711 – Building Effective Interprofessional Teams (3 QH)

The course utilizes TeamSTEPPS as a framework for assessing what it means to have an effective interprofessional team. Students will develop a shared mental model with common goals for patient safety and patient centeredness. Tools for working in teams and managing workloads will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework and HIPS 501.

HIPS 721 – Principles of Interprofessional Health Professions Education (3 QH)

This course allows students to discuss the transition from health professional to educator. Learning theories, teaching techniques including design and development of lesson plans, assessment strategies for cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains will be addressed. Students will design and develop their own interprofessional lesson plan using best educational practices.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous interprofessional coursework and HIPS 501.

HIPS 722 – Data Driven Curriculum and Instruction (3 QH)

This course will facilitate decision-making for curricular improvements based on analysis of data derived from reviews of curriculum maps, course and program evaluations and student assessments. Students will discuss methods for improving learning outcomes based on data analysis.

Prerequisite: HIPS 560 and HIPS 561

HIPS 723 Leadership in Interprofessional Health Professions Education (3 QH)

Throughout the course aspects of leadership in higher education and interprofessional health professions education are analyzed. The course covers opportunities and challenges of leadership including: 1) managing conflict, 2) leading academic initiatives, 3) implementing change management, 4) applying legal issues in health professions education, 5) policy-making, 6) managing faculty workload, 7) developing and implementing curriculum assessment and evaluation, and 8) developing and implementing interprofessional initiatives.

Prerequisite: HIPS 501, HIPS 560, HIPS 561, HIPS 600, HIPS 601, HIPS 721

HIPS 810 – Dissertation Research (Min 12 QH)

This course provides an individualized theoretical research project addressing the integration of two professions performed in a laboratory setting. The student will identify an interprofessional problem, review literature, collect and analyze data and prepare a publishable paper. Oral defense is required.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous coursework.

Courses, course descriptions are subject to change without prior notice.

Program Completion Schedule

DSc PhD HPE Track
Fall Quarter Year 1
HIPS 560 Critical Inquiry I – Research Design (3 QH)
HIPS 600 Introduction to Doctoral Studies (3 QH)
HIPS 560 Critical Inquiry I – Research Design (3 QH)
HIPS 600 Introduction to Doctoral Studies (3 QH)
HIPS 560 Critical Inquiry I – Research Design (3 QH)
HIPS 600 Introduction to Doctoral Studies (3 QH)
Winter Quarter Year 1
DSc PhD HPE Track
HIPS 501 Introduction to Interprofessional Healthcare Studies (3 QH)
HIPS 561 Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)
HIPS 501 Introduction to Interprofessional Healthcare Studies (3 QH)
HIPS 561 Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)
HIPS 501 Introduction to Interprofessional Healthcare Studies (3 QH)
HIPS 561 Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)
Spring Quarter Year 1
HIPS 601A Interprofessional Education Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 601C Interprofessional Theory Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 601A Interprofessional Education Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 601C Interprofessional Theory Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 601A Interprofessional Education Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 721 Principles of Health Professions Education (3 QH)
Summer Quarter Year 1
HIPS 562 Measurement Principles (3 QH)
HIPS 601B Interprofessional Practice Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 562 Measurement Principles (3 QH)
HIPS 601B Interprofessional Practice Seminar (3 QH)
HIPS 722 Data Driven Curriculum and Instruction (3 QH)
HIPS 723 Leadership in Health Professions Education (3 QH)
Fall Quarter Year 2
HIPS 680 Proposal Development (3 QH)
HIPS 711 Interprofessional Teams (3 QH)
HIPS 680 Proposal Development (3 QH)
HIPS 711 Interprofessional Teams (3 QH)
HIPS 680 Proposal Development (3 QH)
HIPS 711 Interprofessional Teams (3 QH)
Winter Quarter Year 2
Practicum (6 QH)
Elective (3 QH)
Practicum (6 QH) HIPS 701 Practicum in Interprofessional Education (6 QH)
Spring Quarter Year 2
Practicum (6 QH) Practicum (6 QH) HIPS 703 Practicum in Interprofessional Healthcare Practice (6 QH)
Summer Quarter Year 2
Practicum (6 QH)    
Year 3 – Qualifying Exam
Fall Quarter Year 3
HIPS 710 Clinical Research (3 QH) HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH) HIPS 710 Clinical Research (3 QH) or
HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH)
Winter Quarter Year 3
HIPS 710 Clinical Research (3 QH) HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH) HIPS 710 Clinical Research (3 QH) or
HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH)
Spring Quarter Year 3
HIPS 710 Clinical Research (3 QH) HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH) HIPS 710 Clinical Research (3 QH) or
HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH)
Summer Quarter Year 3
  HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH) HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH)
Fall Quarter Year 4
  HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH) HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH)
Winter Quarter Year 4
  HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH) HIPS 810 Dissertation Research (3 QH)