Health Professions

  • SAR HP 150: First-Year Sargent Seminar
    This course is designed to facilitate successful integration into Sargent College for first-year students. Resources and guidelines will be made available to aid first-year students in making informed academic decisions while clarifying and enhancing the students' experiences with the Boston University community. Interaction with faculty and student leaders is provided.
  • SAR HP 151: Introduction to Health Professions
    Through readings, discussion and written work, we explore the functions of the health and rehabilitation disciplines. An introduction to the health care system and social impact of health and disability is also considered especially with respect to allocation of resources to improve outcomes. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • SAR HP 220: Occupation and Health
    Exploration of the factors that influence how people spend their time, including their choice of activity and their ability to perform important and meaningful activities, and of the impact of these occupations on health and well-being across the life course.
  • SAR HP 225: Introduction to Critical Inquiry in Behavior and Health
    This course provides foundation skills in effective and efficient search of information resources relevant to the study of behavior and health, including on-line databases (e.g., PubMed, PsychInfo, CINAHL, NARIC), government sites, and other web sources. Students will learn basic skills to critically evaluate these information sources and to evaluate published research using quantitative and qualitative methods as needed to write a research-based paper.
  • SAR HP 252: Health and Disability Across the Lifespan
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Overview of health development across the lifespan followed by an examination of common conditions that typically begin in certain stages. Each condition will be examined for its individual, group and systemic impacts. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Writing-Intensive Course.
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • SAR HP 306: Foundations of Health Promotion
    This course provides students with an introduction to the principles of health promotion and an overview of strategies used to promote health at both the individual and population levels. The course will develop students' understanding of public health principles, health promotion and human behavior change models, as well as social determinants of health, and will explore how interactions among these factors impact health interventions and outcomes. Students will learn about methods to identify and assess the health needs of individuals across various contexts (health care facilities, schools, worksites, and communities); factors to consider when planning interventions tailored to the unique needs of specific populations (i.e. individuals with disabilities, male adolescents and young men, and communities of color); current evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease; and the effectiveness of select health promotion programs and strategies aimed at helping people make lasting healthy choices wherever they live, learn, work, and play. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • SAR HP 321: Health Conditions Across the Life-course
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI105 or equivalent
    Overview of medical and psychosocial aspects of selected chronic diseases, with a particular focus on the impact of the disease and its management on the person's daily life.
  • SAR HP 345: Introduction to Sports Medicine
    Intended for students interested in sports, coaching, medicine and exercise, this course provides an introduction to prevention of injury and illness, basic exercise principles, and first aid for an active population. This course will require students to create a digital info graphic or video disseminating health care or sports medicine information to a specific target audience. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • SAR HP 353: Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    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. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Writing-Intensive Course.
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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 for Distinction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Sargent Senior Status
    The Senior Thesis for Distinction is an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate Sargent College seniors to complete an in-depth research experience within your major or minor field of study. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, you'll have the opportunity to develop and execute a personalized research project while also collaborating in your mentor's lab or research group.
  • SAR HP 497: Ind Study
  • 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 501: Treatment of Severe Mental Illness
    This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in the treatment of severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and treatment refractory major depression. Students will be introduced to the recovery model of severe mental illness, and recent advances in treatment and rehabilitation will be highlighted. The empirical basis of treatments for this population will be reviewed, and the nature of different interventions will be illustrated through a combination of case vignettes, demonstrations, videos, and special presenters. Prerequisite: Abnormal Psychology (CAS PS371 or SAR HP412 or equivalent).
  • SAR HP 522: Health and Wellbeing Across the Life Course
    The course considers British perspectives on major challenges to health and wellbeing facing individuals and communities over the life course. You will develop skills in critical thinking about research and ethics in addressing such challenges through policy and practical initiatives. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Social Inquiry II, Critical Thinking.
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Critical Thinking
  • SAR HP 531: Clinical Medicine I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 105 and CAS PY 106; Or CAS PY104; AT, AT/DPT, MSAT 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, AT/DPT, MSAT or DPT students only; or consent of instructor
    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 561: Evidence Based Practice I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PT students only.
    This graduate-level course for occupational therapy practitioners is designed to develop the skill set that is essential for competence in evidence-based practice. The practicum that follows, entitled OT 618: Directed Study in Evidence-Based Practice, builds upon the knowledge and capabilities gained in this first course. In HP 561, we will apply the basic steps of the EBP process to define a practice situation or problem where more information is needed, develop a clear, focused, answerable clinical question, conduct an effective systematic search for published literature that provides research evidence, critically appraise the evidence, and draw an unbiased conclusion as to how the evidence answers the clinical question. The course format will include weekly lessons, Live Classrooms, online discussions, and written assignments.
  • 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.