Heather McCabe, IU School of Social Work, IUPUI, IUĀ  Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Principal Investigator: Heather McCabe, Assistant Professor, IU School of Social Work, IUPUI, and Adjunct Faculty, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Project Title: An Interprofessional Course in Public Health Law and Policy: Opportunities for Evaluation and Replication

Funding Level: $5,000


This proposal seeks funding to assess the results of a new interprofessional course in Public Health Law, Policy, and Advocacy being offered on the IUPUI campus in Spring 2015. This course uses case-based learning and experiential sites (such as health departments, medical-legal partnerships, and hospitals) to teach students from the schools of Law, Public Health and Social Work skills needed to understand, analyze, apply, and develop public health law and policy as a part of an interprofessional collaborative team. Students from all three schools will work together in interprofessional teams to address public health issues identified by experiential sites. Interprofessional education (IPE) is a growing component of health sciences education at Indiana University and nationally. This class is the first to train social work, law, and public health students together in this way. It will be important to evaluate this course thoroughly to assess

efficacy. Though grading the products will part of the course, an analysis of the course products may yield valuable information regarding future directions for this course and others like it. The goal of this proposal is to allow for thorough analysis of course data which can be disseminated and result in replication of the course as indicated.