Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Interprofessional Scholars Program

What is the DHHS Interprofessional Scholars Program?
This program is designed to create a team of students from multiple disciplines and academic institutions to serve in an IPE (Interprofessional Education) 6-week summer program within the multi-faceted Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Students will work together on real world projects that focus on a given need of DHHS. Students will be selected from programs at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) such as UB Health Systems Management, UMB Nursing, UMB Pharmacy, UMB Social Work, UMBC Psychology, UMBC Social Work, UMCP Criminology and Criminal Justice, and UMCP Public Health Science.

Over the course of 6-weeks, students are required to attend meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at either USG or DHHS (Rockville, MD). Following successful completion of the program, students receive a $500 stipend that will be applied to their student account for the Fall semester. Students are expected to be present and fully participate in each meeting session in order to receive the funding. 

What will I learn?

The DHHS Interprofessional Scholars Program allows students to understand the four core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Communication
  3. Values & Ethics
  4. Roles & Responsibilities

Learning objectives:

  • Experience interdisciplinary teamwork in the workplace and its benefits in improving services at multiple levels.
  • Understand functions of each service area within DHHS.
  • Identify professional roles and enhance communication skills in an IPE team.
  • Discuss professional ethics and the ethical perspectives guiding IPE practice. 
  • Increase knowledge of health and human services and agencies in Montgomery County.

How do I apply?

Applications for each cycle will be posted on the USG website and must be submitted to the appropriate Program Director.  Please check this page frequently for updates.

Students MUST demonstrate:

  • Strong academic performance
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in collaborating with other disciplines

A committee of USG Program Directors from the relevant programs and USG staff will review the applications.