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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

** IPE program requirements are voluntary and separate from requirements for the MSW degree **

All health professional students have the opportunity to develop collaborative competencies through the integrated developmental Interprofessional Education (IPE) Curriculum in both the university and practice settings. The goal of IPE is to prepare health professional students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for collaborative interprofessional practice.

Please visit the Centre for Interprofessional Education Website for information about IPE at the University of Toronto.

IPE Curriculum Requirements

Social Work Students are NOT required to complete the Interprofessional Education Curriculum; however, it is highly recommended.

MSW students who wish to complete the IPE Curriculum and receive a Letter of Completion must meet the following requirements:

MSW Two-Year Program IPE Requirements

MSW Advanced Standing IPE Requirements

Students can browse and register for IPE learning activities through the IPE Management System.

MSW students that are completing the Interprofessional Health, Arts, and Humanities Certificate Program can apply the applicable IPE electives that are offered through the Centre for IPE towards their MSW IPE requirements (e.g. Global Health Film Fest, Reader’s Theatre, Interprofessional Literary Reflections).

If you have any questions about registering for activities or your attendance record, please contact

IPE Component in a Practice Setting

Students are advised to consult with their placement supervisor to determine whether they will complete a Structured IPE Placement or Flexible IPE Placement.

Structured IPE Placements are typically offered within clinical, hospital settings including many of the TAHSN (Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network) sites in Toronto. Structured IPE Placements are organized internally within an organization and offered to students on placement during a certain period of time in the year. Placement supervisors will typically inform their students if a Structured IPE Placement is available. Upon completing the Structured IPE Placement, students will receive a certificate of completion. Students are responsible for sending a copy of the certificate to the Centre for IPE and their student IPE record will be updated for the IPE Component in a Practice Setting requirement.

If the student is NOT completing a Structured IPE Placement, they will need to work with their supervisor to complete the 3 Flexible IPE Placement Activities. These must be completed within the same placement. Students completing the Flexible IPE Placement must submit their 3 Post-Activity Reflection Questions to their placement supervisor. The placement supervisor will then email the Centre for IPE directly to confirm completion in order to update the student’s IPE record for the IPE Component in a Practice Setting requirement.

Interprofessional Health Students Association (IPHSA)

​IPHSA is an elected group of student representatives from the various Health Care faculties at the University of Toronto who are participating in and promoting interprofessional education (IPE) within these faculties. IPHSA provides opportunities for healthcare students to connect by organizing student networking events, creating avenues for advocacy, and by identifying relevant workshops for students to get exposed to diverse healthcare expertise.

Visit or like the Facebook page at for more information.


For general inquiries about IPE, please contact

Looking for answers to questions about IPE from a student perspective?
Contact your IPE MSW Student Representative:!