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SAR HP 606: Recovery and Rehabilitation of People with Psychiatric Disabilities
This course will examine the essential principles and knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation. The course will expose students to application of psychiatric rehabilitation process and technology in mental health systems and programs as well as techniques for the development and maintenance of a rehabilitation program.
SAR HP 650: Health Care Management
Health care is in constant change. Many health and rehabilitation professionals will assume the role of a manager or have supervisory responsibilities during the course of their career. This course introduces the fundamentals of management in the health and rehabilitation environment, and develops and enhances the student's understanding of the health care system, the social forces affecting health care, and the ability to function effectively. Emphasis is on leadership, teamwork, accounting, reimbursement, billing, process analysis, project management, marketing, feasibility plan development, and entrepreneurship. The student will actively engage in discussion and teamwork through written, oral, and website assignments.
SAR HP 720: Ed Theory/Prac
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 outcoumes 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
The development of excellent teaching skills is essential for physical therapists as they communicate important health related lessons and participate in health promotion interventions for the public, their patients, colleagues and peers. Thus, there are two main and connected threads to this course -- 1) Students learn to appreciate excellent teaching and to start to become excellent teachers, 2) Students learn how to use those skills to promote health and prevent disease. Methods of presentation of material in class will include lecture and discussion, and active student participation through various methods (for example, brainstorming, debate, small and large discussion groups). Written assignments and presentations will be used to integrate the two aspects of the course.
SAR HP 737: Instrumentation for Analysis of Motion
Undergraduate Prerequisites: familiarity with Windows and biomechanical analysis of movement, or consent of instructor.
Students in the Movement Sciences specialization will need to be familiar with a number of instruments for measuring human movement and performance. Instruction will include the calibration, application, and maintenance of movement analysis instrumentation including computer hardware, electromyography, OPTOTRAK motion analysis, virtual reality, force plates, and/or force transducer data collection systems. Students will gain the ability to determine, set-up, perform, and direct data collection appropriate for human movement analysis. In addition, they will learn the first steps in data-reduction and data-analysis. This course is designed to provide students with the hands-on experience to perform experiments in the research labs of research faculty involved in the movement sciences specialization. We use an apprenticeship model in which students will be provided hands-on experience under the guidance of the course instructor and a senior student.
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 782: Advanced Human Movement
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HP 565 and HP 771, or consent of instructor.
This is a lecture/reading/seminar course that is designed to allow students to integrate the information they have learned in Philosophy of Science, Biomechanics and Foundations of Motor Control. It has been argued that many philosophical issues in the study of human motor control may be overcome through the concept of self-organization. Self-organization can be thought to emerge from the interplay of constraints. A number of researchers have taken this notion seriously and have suggested that constraints arise through one or more of a number of physical underpinnings, including non-linear dynamic constraints on pattern formation (coordination dynamics), biomechanics and functional anatomy, self-optimization, and perception-action coupling. Research performed in these specific domains will be the topics of the course. To illustrate their differences and similarities, attempts to understand specific functions will be addressed including gait patterns and transitions. Students are expected come to class prepared to answer questions and discuss issues related to the assigned readings. Questions will be directed toward specific individuals and part of the grade will depend on the adequacy of their responses.
SAR HP 791: Clinical Exp at
SAR HP 804: Practicum: Teaching in the Health Professions
Graduate Prerequisites: SAR HP 790 and SAR HP 800; or 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 839: Biomedical Innovation
The subject of the course is the translation of medical technologies into new products and services for the healthcare system. The course begins with a rigorous study of intellectual property, licensing and the core aspects of planning, creating, funding and building new entrepreneurial ventures. Concepts and tools are presented for assessing new technologies and their potential to be the basis for a new entrepreneurial venture. Comparisons will be made of how technologies can be sourced and commercialized out of three very different environments: universities, national laboratories and corporate laboratories. Cross-disciplinary teams of students will be formed which will evaluate translational research projects currently being developed at Boston University and their potential for transformation into a start-up company to commercialize the technology, providing a unique linkage between the scientific research activities of the university and the professional schools. Each week there will be a case study which will discuss examples of both success and failure in technology commercialization. Some of these case studies examine Boston University life sciences spin-out companies and the founders and CEO's of these ventures will share their experiences with the class.
SAR HP 870: Theory and Research in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Seminar on the nature, sources, and uses of theory in practice professions; critical examination of research-generated knowledge relevant to health and rehabilitation sciences. Offered alternate years.
SAR HP 891: Research Seminar
Graduate Prerequisites: For doctoral students.
Discussion of issues in clinical research design and the development of special research methodologies for clinical problem solving.
SAR HP 901: Directed Study
Graduate Prerequisites: approval of instructor and director of student's program.
Work on special project under supervision of faculty member.
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.