Health Professions

  • 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 or SAR HP 572; Physical Therapy students only.
    This course is the second in a series of two courses on Evidence Based Practice for physical therapy students. The course is designed to further develop the student's ability to integrate the evidence into clinical 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. Evidence-Based Practice II will deepen students' ability to analyze the psychometric properties of outcomes measures and will explore using 'Practice-Based Evidence' for quality improvement efforts. The course will utilize the literature to address clinical issues of diagnosis, and prognosis and appraisal of studies of alternate designs.
  • 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.
  • SAR HP 737: Instrumentation for Analysis of Motion
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Familiarity with Windows and biomechanical analysis of movement. Consent of the instructor needed for 4 credit lab portion.
    This course will explore the different equipment commonly used for human movement analysis. The course can be taken as a seminar (2 credits, 1 class meeting per week) or with the lab (4 credits). Students will gain an understanding of how the equipment works, the steps to using it, and what research questions can be answered with the different technology. Equipment covered in this course will include 3 dimensional motion capture systems, force plates, gait carpet, electromyography (EMG), musculoskeletal modeling and well as others. Students taking the lab portion will also complete a project using the equipment covered in the course.
  • SAR HP 770: Health Care Management - PT
    This course will instruct and reinforce students in the fundamental theories and skills of health care management for the physical therapist. The course is designed for the student who intends to be a full-time clinician, with acknowledgement that leaders in the health care environment rarely are able to ignore sound management principles for long. Many health and rehabilitation professionals will assume the role of a manager or have supervisory responsibilities during the course of their career, often sooner than expected. This course develops and enhances the students' understanding of the health care system, the social and economic forces affecting the health care system, and its ability to function effectively. Additionally, the course will prepare students to enter the workforce by introducing them to a variety of tools and experiences that will enable them to manage organizations, programs, resources, and people more effectively. Emphasis in this course is on US policies and legislation, managing human resources, marketing, technology and information, accounting and finance, quality, and measuring performance. The course is largely based on a discussion/lecture format, with significant content being taught by guests who are experts in their fields. Students will learn and experience management skills first hand through class experiences and projects.
  • SAR HP 771: Foundations of Motor Control
    The course includes discussion and synthesis of current theories of human action (performance, learning/plasticity, and development) with an emphasis on systems/constraints, dynamical systems and ecological psychology approaches to human action, perception, and action-perception coupling. It serves as an introduction to these theories. Emphasis is placed on understanding how to conceptualize and evaluate functional movement based on these theories. Student participation in class is essential and required reading should be completed prior to class so that each student can fully participate in discussion.
  • SAR HP 791: Clinical Experience I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: AT/DPT students only
    This is the first of three full-time clinical experiences in the DPT curriculum combined with the final athletic training experience. It is designed to focus on the synthesis of knowledge, skills and behaviors learned in the classroom, laboratory and addressed during the integrated clinical experiences. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to make sound clinical decisions in the management of non-complex patient problems in a moderately paced environment. Students are supervised in clinical and community settings by qualified physical therapists/athletic trainers.
  • SAR HP 804: Practicum: Teaching in the Health Professions
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
    Supervised academic teaching in the health professions. Development and implementation of a teaching unit. Critique of teaching styles. Development of a teaching portfolio.
  • SAR HP 905: Directed Research: MS
    Graduate Prerequisites: SAR OT 904.
    Professionally significant research study, resulting in thesis presented in full length or journal article format. Thesis should be independent project incorporating rigorous application of scientific inquiry and writing skills. See degree requirements for specific programs.