Candid Itastic retreat participants

The Itasca Ecohealth IPE Experience

Exploring Sustainability through Collaboration

An intensive, fun weekend-long collaborative learning retreat for health sciences students, situated in a Minnesota state park to foster appreciation for ecohealth principles and geopolitical considerations in health.

Current UMN Health Sciences Students are Invited to Apply


  • Collaboratively identify actionable strategies to improve health through analysis of the complex epidemiological, geopolitical, social, ecological, other global contributions to human and animal health. 
  • Explore and critique the unique cultures, values, roles/responsibilities, and expertise of other health professions and the impact these factors can have on health outcomes. 
  • Actively engage with community organizations supporting rural health to learn from, with, and about the integration of population health approaches within and outside of the health system. 
  • Advance their own professional and interprofessional competency development through shared population-focused problem solving using available evidence and reflective team-based practices.

Important Details

  • Student costs will be covered by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs
  • Transportation, lodging (shared heated cabins), and meals will be arranged following participant selection.
  • Attendees will participate throughout the weekend in meal preparation, clean-up, etc.

Contact Sara North ([email protected]), Co-Director - Center for Interprofessional Health