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.  

Jessica Kruger, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo SUNY
Jessica S. Kruger, PhD, is a health educator whose research focuses on consumption and addictive behaviors, health behavior decision-making, and pedagogy in Public Health. She collaborates with a wide variety of community-based organizations and advises students at the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic in Buffalo. With University at Buffalo co-collaborators, Todd Sage and Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, Dr. Kruger received one of five Honorable Mention Awards for the 2019 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award for the project University at Buffalo’s Lighthouse Clinic: An Interprofessional Initiative to Address Prominent Health Disparities in Western New York. Dr. Kruger is co- editor of the Journal of Student-Run Clinics and continues to promote the importance of public health within free medical clinics. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Student-Run Free Clinics.​ ​

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

Please check this page regularly for updates. ​

IPE Exemplars to Improve Collaborative Practice for Population Health
Thursday, December 12, 2019 
2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern

Faculty seeking proven approaches for enhancing interprofessional learning among health professions students in preparing them for collaborative practice can discover two exemplars’ curricular and collaborative student learning experiences for potential application or adaptation in their own academic settings. Speakers will describe their efforts to engage dental medicine, law, management, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, public health and health professions and social work students in preparing them to move the needle on population health outcomes. Participants will gain from the speakers’ lessons learned in program development and implementation and student learning assessment.

Learning Objectives

• Describe curricular and collaborative learning experiences that engage health professions students in education for population health improvement
• List lessons learned in developing, implementing, and assessing IPE


To register for this webinar, click here.




Continuing Education Credits

Eligible attendees may receive one continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hour for participating in this webinar. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is an accredited CNE-provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) works with the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) to provide CPH credits.

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.

Elizabeth M. Weist, MA, MPH, CPH, Director of Education, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Elizabeth M. Weist leads education, accreditation, and interprofessional issue areas for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and serves as the ASPPH representative to the planning committee of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). She assisted in both the 2011 IPEC competency development process and the 2016 competency update. Ms. Weist works with ASPPH constituent leaders and partners to build programs, resources, practices, and strategies that link public health academia to practice for advancing student learning and improving population health.​


Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Associate Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina
Dr. Teri Browne is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty and Research at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work in Columbia, SC. Dr. Browne is the co-director of interprofessional health for the health sciences at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Browne earned her MSW at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Browne worked as a medical social worker for 13 years in NY, CA and IL and was the national chairperson of Council of Nephrology Social Work. Dr. Browne is the editor-in-chief of National Kidney Foundation’s Journal of Nephrology Social Work. She is currently the Chairperson of the End Stage Renal Disease Network of the South Atlantic Grievance Committee and a member of the Network’s Divisional Board. Dr. Browne is a social work field instructor for the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina and is a member of the American Association of Kidney Patient’s Board of Directors. She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Health Social Work.

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