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Barbara Brandt

Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Associate Vice President, Academic Health Center
Education Administrator
University of Minnesota

About Me

Renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional education and continuing education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as associate vice president within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, and she is the director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a public-private partnership and cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, established in 2012.

In her leadership roles, Dr. Brandt has served as a consultant, advisor and speaker for a wide variety of organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, the Academy of Healthcare Improvement, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education (specializing in continuing professional education for the health professions) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2013 she was recognized as a University of Illinois Distinguished Alumna. She completed W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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My Contributions

A listing of all contributions made to the National Center community.


07/27/2017 - 3:04pm
By Barbara Brandt My husband and I are downsizing our household, and I have been going through boxes and boxes of my papers from over the years. One in particular caught my attention: " Hypermedia:...
12/22/2015 - 12:48pm
Authored by Barbara Brandt As we approach the holiday season, I reflect on the past three years with the National Center. Many friends and colleagues are aware that my family and I have been intensely navigating the full breadth of the health care delivery system since 2012. Notably, my then spry 91-year old father fell on Christmas Day 2012 as we walked through his apartment door. The 2012 hip fracture and repair were followed by another fall on Easter 2013. On July 4, 2015, he fell again and suffered a severe fracture of his humerus, which is now held together with 11 pins. Our family now avoids holidays like the plague.
11/23/2015 - 10:03am
By: Barbara F. Brandt, Director Dear friends, For me, the concept of the “Nexus” is growing deeper every day. While we coined the term in the National Center to mean partnerships between...
10/14/2015 - 9:45am
By Connie Schmitz, PhD, and Barbara Brandt, PhD We live in two inter-related worlds of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP): simultaneously implementing and evaluating the...
10/27/2014 - 10:36am
In her latest blog, Barbara Brandt pays tribute to her friend and IPE leader, Maralynne Mitcham, PhD.


Jan 21, 2016 - 7:00pm CST in Preceptors in the Nexus Toolkit


Thanks for your question.   The National Center became a joint accreditor of interprofessional continuing education in December. 

We have been preparing for processes for ...


This is a very important conversation in interprofessional education and collaborative practice today.  Some confuse it with the ACGME "milestone" focus -- but this question and topic are really ...



I'm interested in learning more about your question -- This is an area that we are very interested in understanding.   Let's get this discussion going somehow!