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Aging Core Courses


Approaches to the Older Adult

Understanding the issues related to aging and the health care of older adults provides the foundation for quality geriatric care.  This course provides students with a foundation for providing care to the geriatric population.  The course introduces students to the implications of the graying of America, including physiological and psychosocial aspects of the aging process, theories of aging, communication strategies, ethical issues, and the influence of culture and ethnicity on perceptions about health and illness.  The interdisciplinary nature of geriatric care is emphasized through case discussions. 

Managing Disease in Older Adults

Multiple chronic diseases are common in older adults.  This course will review common and chronic geriatric diseases, disorders, and syndromes from an inter-professional perspective.  Roles and responsibilities of healthcare teams in management, treatment, and rehabilitation will be examined in a variety of settings ranging from communities, assisted living, long-term care, rehabilitation, in-patient, and hospice settings.  Risk factors, clinical presentation, and treatment strategies will be presented and resources for health promotion and treatment will be discussed. 


Social and Health Care Policy

This course provides an overview of both social and health care policy as they pertain to older adults.  The course covers the evolution of relevant governmental legislation and administration policy and how the current regulatory climate impacts older adults.  An array of web-based resources, as well as text, articles and guided discussion are used to cover the course content and student mastery of the subject matter is evaluated through their participation in the discussion, assignments, quizzes, and papers.


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Aging Electives


Aging and Psychiatric Rehabilitation

This course will examine the issues facing older adults living with mental illness.  An overview of the experience of persons over 65 who live with psychiatric disabilities will be provided.  Topics will include: recovery and wellness; evidence-based practices for the treatment of mental illness in older adults, goal-setting; co-morbidity of psychiatric and physical illness; and stigma.


Nutrition and Aging

This course represents an advanced study of nutrition in the aging individual during health and disease.  The course focuses on the interrelationships of the physiological, psychosocial, functional, People Eatingeconomic, environmental, and pharmacological factors affecting the nutritional status of older adults.  Effects of aging, malnutrition, illness (acute, chronic, and terminal disease) on nutritional status and nutrient needs are stressed.  Effective nutrition assessment, counseling, as well as monitoring approaches are discussed.  Strategies for delivering comprehensive food and nutrition services for older adults across a myriad of settings are explored.  Ethical, cultural, societal issues concerning nutrition and aging are presented using case-based learning methods.

Health Promotion and Aging

This course provides an overview of health and wellness promotion for older adults.  Health behavior change and health promotion theory will be discussed, in addition to reviewing clinical preventive services, existing health promotion programs, tools used to promote health, and the development of effective health promotion programs for older adults.  Physical changes associated with aging will be reviewed as well as changes in motor control, balance, and the physiological response to exercise.  This course will also review current governmental policies and procedures that directly impact the health and well-being of older adults. Students will develop a health promotion intervention as a part of this course.


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Health Care Related Electives


Patient Advocacy and Health Care

This course provides an overview of patient advocacy in the health care system including evolution of the patient advocacy field and the role of the patient advocate in reducing legal, financial, cultural, medical systems, and social and psychological barriers related to diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care of patients. Emphasis will be placed on effective interventions that are used to navigate the healthcare system and prevent disparities in care among specific populations such as the elderly, minorities and underserved.

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Quality Management in Health Care

This course provides an overview of quality management in health care organizations. This web-based course covers the fundamentals of quality management as well as the application of such principles specific to the health care industry. An array of web-based resources and exercises, as well as a text and supplemental resources are utilized to cover related concepts. Students will use these resources to prepare for assignments, exams and papers.


Principles of Transcultural Health Care

This course is designed to provide the student with practical information on health-related ethnic variables to gain increased cultural awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and understanding necessary for competent practice in the healthcare professions.


Legal Aspects in Health Care Administration

This course will provide students with an overview of the increasingly complex intersection of law and health care in the United States. It will survey the federal and state constitutional provisions, judicial opinions, statutes, and regulations that form the body of health law and policy in this country and explain how these legal rules and doctrine are formulated. The course will focus on the legal issues students will likely encounter as health care administrators, providing them with the background and skills needed to identify these issues; analyze and apply applicable laws; read and interpret legal documents; and interact effectively with attorneys.


Wellness and Recovery

Students will learn the values and principles underlying Wellness and Recovery models and, will review the research supporting these models. Students will learn strategies for understanding and coping with injury, illness, or trauma and for creating and supporting lasting holistic behavioral health changes. Finally, students will explore the challenge of moving the existing healthcare system toward a Wellness and Recovery orientation.


Ethical Issues in Health Care Practice

This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyze, and strategize ethical resolutions to a myriad of health related ethical problems or dilemmas in micro (individual patient care) and macro (systems) areas while being clear when to seek outside professional guidance. Topics include informed consent for medical treatment and experimentation, scope of practice issues, issues of intellectual property rights of publication and research, and the ethical duties, obligations, and conflicting demands of the health care professional and the individual beliefs of the patient/client.


Health Behavior Change

This course will review fundamental concepts of health behavior and health behavior change.  Concepts from health education and general health promotion will be reviewed from a patient-centered Swimming Poolperspective.  Various factors that influence human behavior and health practices will be examined within the context of different health behavior models.  Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation will be explored along with a variety of health behavior constructs.  Information resources will include professional and scholarly resources, including Internet-based resources, journal articles, and textbooks.  Students will participate in class discussions within a critical inquiry framework.  Students will use these resourcesto prepare for assignments, papers, and exams.


Management and Leadership in Health Care

This course provides an overview of management and leadership in health care.  This web-based course covers the fundamentals of management and leadership as well as the application of such principles specific to the health care industry.  An array of web-based resources and exercises, as well as a text and supplemental resources are utilized to cover related concepts.  Students will use these resources to prepare for assignments, exams, and papers.


Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This course will review fundamental concepts of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  The history, philosophies, and methods of prominent alternative therapies will be explored.  Standards of practice and practitioner education will be examined to provide understanding of the designation of various ways of healing as an alternative.  CAM utilization data will be studied to facilitate understanding of role of CAM therapies in healthcare.  The course will provide an overview of outcomes research on applications of CAM therapies for health promotion and treatment disorders.  Professional and scholarly resources will be employed including Internet-based resources, journal articles, and textbooks.  Students will participate in class discussions within a critical inquiry framework.  Students will use these resources to prepare for assignments, papers, and presentations.


Non-Profit Management

The pursuit of the mission psychiatric rehabilitation and related services and programs is usually done in the settings of charitable, non-profit organizations that range in size from small grassroots operations to complex multi-site health care providers.  The governance and management of non-profit organizations presents unique challenges that many other types of business do not face.  Furthermore, the leadership of these organizations involves mastering the processes of writing grants, negotiating contracts, and raising funds.  These funds must then be managed responsibly in the context of an array of internal and external constraints.  Mastering these business processes is critical to ensuring the maintenance and expansion of the non-profit organization’s mission.  Those individuals that learn to master these processes control these organizations.


Overview of Disease Processes and Treatment

This course provides information about systems physiology and pathophysiology, as well as epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, prognosis and treatment of disease, particularly pharmacotherapeutics.  Topics covered include cardiopulmonary diseases, infectious disease, gastroenterology, urology, endocrine and oncology.  Lab and specific diagnostic tests will be reviewed (web-based, approximately 135-180 of directed study).


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