Competency-based Approach
Upon completion, learners will be able to “describe how professionals in health and other fields can collaborate and integrate clinical care and public health interventions to optimize population health" (Interprofessional Education Collaborative Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, Competency RR-10). Three sub-competencies and 28 learning objectives frame the module content. 

Module Details
The case scenario of the module is a fictional foodborne illness based on the 2015-2016 multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Poona associated with cucumbers. The three settings in the module include:

  • Clinical encounters with symptomatic patients
  • Local public health department response
  • Interprofessional debriefing meeting among the clinicians and public health professionals involved in the outbreak.

The module encourages learners to deepen their knowledge through links to a variety of supplementary resources that extend the learning and length of the module from an estimated base of 90 minutes up to two hours. The module includes: an instructor’s guide, a pre-module assessment, case scenario videos, supporting resources that can be saved to a personal library, a post-module assessment, and a digital certificate of completion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a foodborne disease outbreak as “An incident in which two or more persons experience a similar illness after ingestion of a common food, and epidemiologic analysis implicates the food as the source of the illness” (CDC, 2011).  These outbreaks are common but can be underrecognized by clinicians and the public. In 2018 alone, foodborne illness has been associated with raw meats, salads, vegetable trays, melon, cereal, eggs, coconut products, and nutritional supplements. See multistate foodborne outbreak investigations since 2006 in which CDC was the lead public health agency.

Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice was developed and launched in July 2018 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the four national associations that comprise CDC’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) initiative:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

Subject matter experts from state and local public health departments and Epidemic Intelligence Service officers with the CDC who were involved in the S. Poona outbreak provided expert guidance for the project. Scores of academicians and students at APIH-member institutions participated in a pilot test in the Spring of 2018.  

IPEC Webinars

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is proud to announce its IPEC Webinar Series aimed at highlighting trends and activities in interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP). These free, dynamic webinars are co-hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and are open to all IPEC members and non-members.

Upcoming Webinars

Interprofessional Teaching and Collaborative Practice During COVID-19: A Community Conversation

Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists: Dusti L. Annan-Coultas, EdD, Assistant Professor, College of Health Professions and Director of Operations, Office of Interprofessional Initiatives, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Kimberly Lane Wilson Kascak, MEd, Instructor, Office of Interprofessional Initiatives, MUSC; Mary P. Mauldin, EdD, Professor and Executive Director, Office of Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources and Associate Director of Education, Office of Interprofessional Initiatives, MUSC; Edward L. Rogan, PharmD, BCACP, FCPhA, Assistant Professor, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy, University of the Pacific; DeeptiVyas, PharmD, Director of Interprofessional Education and Associate Professor, University of the Pacific; Holly H. Wise, PT, PhD, FNAP, Associate Director for Faculty Development, Office of Interprofessional Initiatives and Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions, MUSC;

During these unprecedented and challenging times, the importance of collaboration across professional lines is evident now more than ever. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, health professions schools and clinical programs across the country must navigate the many challenges to delivering classroom instruction and services in light of the pandemic. Faced with lengthy shutdowns and restrictions, teaching institutions and hospitals are exploring alternatives to traditional learning. Webinar participants will be introduced to a new iCollaborative collection and hear innovative strategies that provide opportunities for interprofessional student teams to develop, practice, and refine interprofessional skills.

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COVID-19 Related Webinars

ASPPH Plenary Session Webinar 

COVID-19: Role of Academic Public Health and Preparing for What Comes Next

Friday, March  13 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists: Carlos del Rio, MD, Richard N. Hubert Professor and Chair, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, Dean, University of South Florida College of Public Health; Chang-Chuan Chan, PhD, Dean, National Taiwan University College of Public Health; and Hilary Godwin, PhD, Dean, University of Washington School of Public Health

Moderator: Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, MPH, Dean, Boston University School of Public Health and Chair, ASPPH Board of Directors

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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a worldwide outbreak. The disease was first identified in China and has since spread over the world. Under the technical and scientific leadership of the WHO, CDC, and others, academic institutions are closely monitoring the outbreak; contributing expertise in risk assessment and risk communication; providing guidance to faculty, staff and students; and, serving as a resource and to leaders and the media in their communities. This session will provide an update on what is known about the virus and outbreak and explore issues of concern to academic institutions.

AACN COVID-19 Response Webinar Series

NOTE: These webinars are free and open to the public. There is an attendance limit at 1,000 attendees. Recording of all webinars will be available soon after the webinar airs.

Making Informed Decisions in Response to COVID-19

Friday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Speaker: Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN, Expert in Disaster Nursing and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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As the academic nursing community prepares to address the Coronavirus outbreak, AACN has consulted with experts is disaster planning on how nursing schools can maintain quality programs while keeping students, faculty, and staff safe. Please join us for the first webinar in our new series on COVID-19 featuring one of the nation’s leading experts on overcoming public health threats. The discussion will center on AACN’s newly released guidelines for schools to consider related to emergency preparedness and response.

F.A.S.T: Academic Nurse Educators Respond to COVID-19

Monday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN, ANEF, CNE, FAAN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing

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In this time of COVID-19, Academic Nurse Educators are being asked to quickly convert on-campus course sessions to online and consider alternative clinical placements to support course, clinical and program outcomes. Using the acronym FAST (Faculty, Alternate Clinical, Students, Teaching with Technology), attendees will receive strategies to maintain excellence in their programs while supporting their academic communities.

Bridging the Gap-Implementing Technology to Deliver Course Online

Monday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists: Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, Head of Clinical Innovation, Trusted, Inc.; John Pryba, BS, Systems Specialist - A&P, The Ohio State University; and Joni Tornwall, PhD, RN, The Ohio State University

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Healthcare education and systems are experiencing massive disruptions. High performing organizations use rigorous Innovation to adapt to the changing market. This presentation will discuss the ways leaders can build innovation into their systems in order to create the future.

Archived Webinars

To view archived webinar recordings, click here.

Recommended E-Modules

For optimum user experience, it is recommended to view the e-modules on your PC or tablet. We do not recommend viewing the e-modules on your smartphone.


Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice E-module

A self-paced, interactive, interprofessional, competency-based, case study teaching module is now ready online for faculty use. The module aims to promote interprofessional practice to improve and protect population health and is targeted for public health (baccalaureate- and master’s-level), medical, and nursing (baccalaureate-, master’s-, and doctoral-level) students. This learning object will assist in fulfilling IPEC’s overall competency, for students to perform  A webinar with early-adopter faculty users will run on Tuesday February 12 from 2:30-3:30 pm EASTERN (registration TBD) to demonstrate use of the module and answer questions. Details below and available here. Access the module directly at