Courses

  • SAR HP 353: Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
    The focus of this interdisciplinary course is on increasing the student's understanding of the health care system, the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that affect health care, and on increasing the student's ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The student will actively engage in individual work, group discussion and teamwork through written, oral, and web site assignments.
  • SAR HP 405: Practicum and Seminar in Behavior and Health
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Senior concentrators in Behavior and Health program only.
    Practical experience in a health or social service related setting related to the student's specialization area. Includes participation in weekly seminar.
  • SAR HP 412: Abnormal Behavior in Rehabilitation
    Survey of theory, research, and therapeutic interventions related to the rehabilitation of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Presents an overview of maladaptive problems in living from personal, biological, social, and environmental perspectives. Emphasizes issues of special relevance to health and rehabilitation professionals. 4 credits, 1st semester
  • SAR HP 495: Senior Thesis
  • SAR HP 500: Helping Skills: Fundamentals of Health Communications
    The course is designed to improve the student's cultural competence, interpersonal and human relations skills. Through lecture, experiential activities and class discussions, students explore the meaning of helping/healing and identify the factors that facilitate counseling and professional relationships. These skills are also fundamental for health promotion programs.
  • SAR HP 504: Clinical Athletic Training III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR AT405 and SAR AT430; AT/DPT Students only.
    Continued athletic training experience under the supervision and guidance of a preceptor. Course content relates to career planning, pharmacology, psychology of injury and recovery, and non-orthopedic conditions. Additionally this course incorporates content designed to integrate students in DPT clinical education.
  • SAR HP 505: Clinical Athletic Training IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HP 504; AT/DPT Students only.
    Continued athletic training experience under the supervision and guidance of a preceptor. Course content includes examination of contemporary issues in a group-based discussion format.
  • SAR HP 515: Practicum in Education
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: AT or AT/DPT students only or permission of instructor
    Education experience under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. This class will expose students to the theoretical foundations of educational practice and allow students to experience classroom teaching and evaluation from an instructor's perspective.
  • SAR HP 522: Health/Lifespan
  • SAR HP 531: Clinical Medicine I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 105 and CAS PY 106; Or CASPY101; AT, AT/DPT or DPT students only; or consent of instructor
    An overview of tissue response to injury, pain transmission, and pharmacology provide the foundation from which students will learn about physical agents and specific conditions from a medical perspective. Students will become familiar with the theoretical and practical application of physical agents as it relates to tissue response to injury and pain control. The laboratory portion of this course emphasizes safe and effective application of these modalities using a problem-solving approach to treatment planning and implementation.
  • SAR HP 532: Clinical Medicine II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HP 531; AT or PT students only.
    This course introduces the athletic training and physical therapy student to the normal and abnormal physiology of different body systems as well as differential diagnoses in common medical conditions. Factors associated with those body systems that influence AT or PT examination and intervention will be discussed. Also discussed is when referral to other practitioners is recommended and required.
  • SAR HP 560: General Medicine Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HP 532; AT or AT/DPT students or consent of instructor.
    This course provides students with intensive exposure to the practice of general medicine and is designed to augment the content of HP 532: Clinical Medicine II. Students will observe several different health care practitioners (MD, DO, PA, NP) in the delivery of healthcare.
  • SAR HP 561: Evidence Based Practice I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PT students only.
    This course is the first of a series of two courses on Evidence Based Practice for physical therapy students. It is designed to develop essential skills for conducting evidence based practice. There are three forms of evidence supporting clinical practice, that is 1) experience from clinical practice, 2) patient values and goals, and 3) evidence comes from the research literature. It takes skill combining these sources of evidence into effective and efficient physical therapy practice. This course enhances the student's ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, search relevant research literature and analyze the validity of the outcomes reported in these studies. Literature addressing clinical issues of intervention, diagnosis and prognosis will be used throughout to illustrate the arguments.
  • SAR HP 565: Biomechanics of Human Movement
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: BI106, PY105, or consent of instructor.
    Biomechanics is a powerful tool for understanding why and how we control and coordinate movement in health and disability. The course is designed to provide a conceptual and theoretical basis of biomechanics using applications so that students will learn to problem solve using a biomechanical thought process. There will be many examples of applications including athletics, orthopedic injuries, central nervous system disorders, designing assistive devices, robotics, pediatrics and aging. The course is suitable for physical therapy, athletic training, anthropology, human physiology, and engineering students and anyone interested in understanding human movement from a quantitative perspective. Emphasis will be placed on how to use the tools of biomechanics along with an understanding of functional anatomy to think about normal and abnormal patterns of movement, and in some cases how this information might be used to guide interventions.
  • SAR HP 572: Principles of Evidence Based Practice
    This course will develop essential skills for evidence-based practitioners in health care. Students will learn how to generate clinical questions; interpret, access, evaluate, and integrate relevant research literature; and integrate their own clinical experience with the values and circumstances of their patients into principled clinical decision making.
  • SAR HP 650: Health Care Management
    This on-line graduate course introduces the fundamentals of management in the health care environment. It was designed to develop and enhance student understanding of the health care system and the social forces affecting health care, and to provide skills needed to function effectively in a management or supervisory role. Topics covered in this course include United States policies and legislation affecting healthcare management; the roles of a manager; conducting a market analysis; operating, cash and capital budgeting; process analysis; and risk management. Students will develop, design and execute a formal presentation.
  • SAR HP 662: Evidence Based Practice II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HP 561; Athletic Training and Physical Therapy students only.
    This course is the second in a series of two courses on Evidence Based Practice for physical therapy students. It is designed to develop essential skills for conducting evidence-based practice. There are about three forms of evidence supporting clinical practice, that is, 1) experience from clinical practice, 2) patient values and goals, and 3) the evidence that comes from the research literature. It takes skill combining these sources of evidence into effective and efficient physical therapy and athletic training practice. This course enhances the student's ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, search relevant research literature, analyze the validity of the outcomes reported in these studies, and combine the outcomes of different research studies in the form of a research synthesis (i.e., critical review and meta-analysis). Literature addressing clinical issues of intervention, diagnosis, and prognosis will be used throughout to illustrate the arguments.
  • SAR HP 720: Educational Theory and Practice
    This on-line graduate course focuses on developing effective teaching techniques and strategies that are needed in a variety of clinical and academic contexts. Topics covered in this course include; identifying instructional settings in one's own practice, the impact of ethical, legal, and economic factors on the educational process, principles of major learning and instruction theories, effective teaching strategies for learners at different developmental stages, strategies that facilitate motivation and improve compliance, and writing behavioral objectives for instruction. Students design and deliver a formal presentation and create a client-education brochure.
  • SAR HP 722: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Health Management of Older Adults
    Health management for older adults is a major issue in contemporary society. Policy, economics, organizational structure, and clinical care are intermingled in responding on societal, institutional, and clinical levels. This course will challenge the inquisitive and creative student to approach the health of the older adult by addressing these complex issues. It will focus on effective outcomes and understanding the range of roles professionals may adopt. It will provide the knowledge base and skill set necessary for interdisciplinary professional practice. Students and faculty from various disciplines and universities will utilize a case study approach as the primary teaching model.
  • SAR HP 725: Foundations of Education and Health Promotion
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Successful completion of first 4 semesters of DPT coursework
    Promoting health and preventing disease among persons with and without disabilities are important areas of heath in the United States and throughout the world. Optimizing adherence, screening risk factors, fostering the acquisition of healthy behaviors among individuals, organizations, and communities, and even changing policies are ways that physical therapists can promote health and prevent disease. Effective teaching approaches and behavior change strategies are fundamental elements of successful health promotion. The course focuses on applying teaching and health promotion skills across several settings: clinics, schools, and communities. Evidence-based approaches as well as the unique and challenging elements of each of these settings will be explored.