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HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES BUILDING PURDUE UNIVERSITY

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA


many programs, one home The Health and Human Sciences Building at Purdue University combines six different educational departments in the health sciences with clinics, labs and the Indiana University School of Medicine. The diverse number of users in the building opens the door for the various departments to collaborate. It reflects the team-based approach to wellness that is found in the hospitals, clinics and medical centers where these students will one day work. An interprofessional learning environment better prepares students for their future. It is also an operationally efficient facility solution for the university.


interprofessional education This trend in education brings two or more areas of study together so students can learn from and about each other. The objective is to achieve a collaborative practice that benefits students by replicating real world scenarios. The design of interprofessional buildings, like Purdue’s Health and Human Sciences Building, emphasizes multi-departmental collaboration. This allows the departments, previously spread across Purdue’s campus, to have the opportunity to come together to maximize existing synergies and create new opportunities for collaboration.

DEFINITION Interprofessional education is the active engagement of students from various healthcare disciplines to improve academic collaboration and the quality of care.

GOAL The most common goals of interprofessional healthcare education programs are: improved patient outcomes, increased appreciation for clinical peers and better preparation for the healthcare workplace.


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Purdue University’s Health and Human Sciences Building provides an exceptional environment for interprofessional education. It helps create an identity and awareness for

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the new College of Health and Human Sciences, while the collaborative and interdisciplinary design produces operational efficiencies for the university.

TEAM-BASED • Team-based wellness is emphasized through increased collaborative space in the research and learning areas

PEDAGOGY • The IU School of Medicine’s research space promotes mentorship and group work that is favored by today’s generation

REDUCED COSTS LEAN • Increasing shared space reduces the overall square footage, leading to reduced operating costs and creating a protocol for sharing research and learning spaces

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SPACE GAINS • By agreeing to share space, each department actually gained more research, academic and clinical space then they would have in a single department facility

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OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY BRAND • Consolidation creates a stronger unified identity for the programs while facility investment enhances student perception

MOVEMENT • Scattered Allied Health programs (right) are now united to remove obstacles that impede connectivity.

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Prior to the creation of the new HHS Building, Purdue’s allied health programs were scattered across different facilities on campus.


identifying synergies To create spaces that intentionally encourage collaboration, it is important to understand how users interact. The design team looked closely at common areas of study, research and practice. It wasn’t surprising to find synergies among the department’s programs, but it was enlightening to discover the amount of collaboration already happening. Bringing these programs together sets up even more opportunities for discovery.

The building’s design evolved as the project team gained a better understanding of the users needs and goals. For example, the initial layout linked audiology research with the audiology clinic and speech research with the speech clinic.

After reviewing with the users and to better enable an interprofessional approach, it was determined that the most efficient layout was to link research disciplines with other research areas and clinic space with other clinic space.

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When the silos in health education are gone, where are the opportunities for interprofessional education in the facility and curriculum? The following graphic encapsulates the intended synergies for the new Health & Human Sciences Building. SPEECH LANGUAGE & HEARING INDIANA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SCHOOL OF NURSING PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES NUTRITION SCIENCE HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY


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Interprofessional synergies are divided into three major areas: Research, Academic and Clinical. Collaborative research is happening in the labs and through interdisciplinary research centers. Clinical programs feature patient exam rooms with support space for treatment and diagnosis. Academic synergies are based on opportunities for shared curriculum for multiple programs. Taking all areas into account, the Purdue and BSA LifeStructures team discovered at least a dozen examples of cross-collaboration amongst students, patients, researchers and faculty.

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The layout of the Health and Human Sciences Building fosters collaboration through shared space, while still offering each health department its own identity.

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The first floor combines clinics from the school of nursing, food and nutrition, kinesiology and the IU School of Medicine. This floor also features shared building space and a pre-school.


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The second floor balances clinics in the speech, language and hearing sciences with clinics for psychological sciences and audiology. This floor also features a mix of instructional and research space and is home to the IU School of Medicine at Lafayette.

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The third floor features research and office space for the speech, learning and hearing sciences.


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Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Building  

The Health and Human Sciences facility combines all programs of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with other clinical...

Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Building  

The Health and Human Sciences facility combines all programs of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with other clinical...