Major Public Health Issue as a Vehicle for Interprofessional Curriculum: A Simulated Obesity Module Involving Seven Disciplines

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9317 January 22, 2013 1


This resource seeks to continue the longitudinal development of a modular and portable curriculum in interprofessional health sciences education. This is a curriculum that prepares health sciences students for teamwork in treating patients with the leading public health problem in America: obesity. This curriculum involves a patient case, simulated patient training, faculty development for the case activity and associated learning resources. This module offers the opportunity to learn (a) from other healthcare professionals, (b) about health sciences disciples, and (c) teamwork and communication with peer health science learners. This module is portable and adaptable to most academic health centers; we have run this curriculum with up to 375 learners, utilizing 75 faculty members from all of the disciplines over a 4-day timeframe.


Wickham G, Gordon J, Kelly M, Weistroffer P, Valde J, Hosking J, Law L. Major Public Health Issue as a Vehicle for Interprofessional Curriculum: A Simulated Obesity Module Involving Seven Disciplines. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2013. Available from:

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Educational Objectives

  1. To understand various health discipline perspectives about the societal impact of the obesity epidemic in the United States.
  2. To appreciate the roles of other professions in addressing obesity disease dynamics.
  3. To develop communication skills with the team members in pursuit of clarifying each member’s responsibility in executing components of an evaluation and treatment plan for obesity.
  4. To appreciate the value of working with an interprofessional team and the value of collaborative effort.
  5. To utilized the unique and complimentary abilities of all team members to optimize the assessment of obesity and develop a culturally competent, patient specific treatment plan.


  • Obesity, Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Community Health
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Sciences

Instructional Methods

  • Case-based Instruction/Learning
  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)
  • Tutorial

Organ Systems

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Endocrine system
  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Administration
    • Community-based
  • Practicing Health Professional
    • Allied Health
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Public Health Student


  • Standardized Patient

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