Team Education Advancing Collaboration in Healthcare (TEACH) enables students to practice critically important, core interprofessional practice competencies while working on person- and community-centered teams to improve health and well-being.


  • Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  • Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address patients’ health care needs and promote and advance the health of populations.
  • Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to promoting and maintaining health and preventing and treating disease.
  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.


TEACH is a longitudinal curriculum that students in the Indiana University Schools of DentistryRichard M. Fairbanks School of Public HealthHealth and Human SciencesMedicineNursing (Bloomington)OptometrySchool of Public HealthSchool of Social Work, the IUPUI School of Nursing (Indianapolis)(Ft. Wayne), the Purdue College of Pharmacy, and Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Science complete throughout their studies.

TEACH promotes active participation from individuals from each profession to prepare them to contribute and improve real-world healthcare outcomes through effective collaborative practice. Our learners engage in collaborative team-based activities that foster camaraderie and respect among healthcare professions. After exposure to the interprofessional concepts and skills, learners are provided with opportunities to apply these with simulated and real patients/clients during the various phases of the TEACH curriculum.

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TEACH Framework

The TEACH curriculum consists of 3 phases: Exposure, Immersion, and Entry-to-Practice. Each phase is mapped to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competency domains of Roles and Responsibilities, Values and/Ethics for Collaborative Practice, Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and/Teamwork. TEACH is person-centered around individual, family, and community contexts with experiences grounded in community engagement that address individual and population health concerns addressing Indiana health priorities.

Each experience involves:

  • Individual preparation/pre-work
  • Learning objectives linked to specific IPEC competencies
  • Active learning and Team building activities
  • Formative assessment and/or competency-based evaluation
  • Reflection and/or debriefing

TEACH Phases

The Exposure Phase provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of different health professions, opportunities for interprofessional collaboration, and an introduction to interprofessional communication strategies used to promote effective teamwork.

Students learn with, from, and about each other, which by definition is interprofessional education (IPE) (WHO, 2010). This phase is primarily offered in the online environment, allowing health and social care students and faculty to connect across the state and interact with professions that might not be available on their campus location.

This activity begins with students preparing individually by reviewing key information before meeting synchronously with fellow health and social care learners and faculty. This module is expected to last a total of 90-120 minutes, with the individual work and team huddle each taking ~45-60 minutes.

The Immersion Phase offers immersive experiences that allow learners to apply knowledge and skills in interactive sessions with simulated or real patients. Programs can choose from a series of flexible menu options targeting the participating professions' typical practice patterns and collaborations.

The Entry-to-Practice Phase places students in real-world collaborative experiences. It capitalizes on existing clinical/experiential rotations, community-based experiences, or other capstone activities that provide learners the opportunity to integrate into practice-based collaborative settings. Learners have the opportunity to be assessed and receive feedback on the application of collaborative skills in real-world interprofessional environments.

Click here to learn more about the TEACH IPEC Competencies.