Interprofessional Education

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences is committed to the ongoing advancement of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC). IPE occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other in order to improve collaboration and the quality of care (CAIPE, 2002). IPC occurs when professionals from differing disciplines work together as part of a patient/client-centred health care team. Each profession contributes a unique aspect in achieving common goals. The Faculty is dedicated to providing a continuum of learning activities, events, and research in the pursuit of IPE and IPC.

The Faculty seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are delineated as core competencies as outlined in the National Interprofessional Competency Framework and the Accreditation of Interprofessional Health Education (AIPHE) Standards Guide. The core competencies of role clarification, team functioning, collaborative leadership, interprofessional communication, dealing with interprofessional conflict, and patient/client/family community-centred care are recognized as required for interprofessional patient/client-centred collaborative practice. For further information, please contact

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences is pleased to host a chapter of the National Health Sciences Students' Associations (NaHSSA). If you are interested in becoming a part of our student chapter, the Lakehead University Interprofessional Student Society ("LIPSS"), please contact Alexis Sharp at for additional information.

We are also pleased to work with our colleagues at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in delivering IPE opportunities for our students. For more information on NOSM's offerings, please contact Justine Bertrand at