Applied Health Physical Therapy 886
AHPT 886: Preventative Health and Wellness
Prerequisite: AHPT 870 or permission of the Department
Credit Hours: (3)
Preventative Health and Wellness is a combination of four independent but interrelated topics important to the education of physical therapists: 1) prevention, 2) health promotion, 3) fitness and 4) wellness. These topics contribute to the ultimate goal of optimum health for individual/ patients of all ages in the community.
Detailed Description of Course
Preventative Health and Wellness is a combination of four independent but interrelated topics important to the education of physical therapists: 1) prevention, 2) health promotion, 3) fitness and 4) wellness. These topics contribute to the ultimate goal of optimum health for individual/ patients of all ages in the community. Components of health promotion and wellness programs are presented with the emphasis on intervention, prevention, and promotion of health wellness, and fitness. The relationship among good behaviors, health education, and health promotion will be explored.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Course content may be delivered by lecture, small-group cooperative learning, case study analysis/ presentations, supervised student/ patient interactions, and community promotions.
Goals and Objectives of this Course
Will require students to:
1) Explain the relationship among good health behavior, health education, and health promotion; 2) Analyze and apply assumptions upon which health education is based; 3) Apply leading health indicators from the Healthy People 2010 for community education and information awareness; 4) Apply theories and models commonly used for health promotion interventions (e.g., Health Belief Model), and identify differences for children and adolescents as compared to adults; 5) Assess and or screen the health needs of individuals, groups, and or communities; 6) Apply results of screening to determine whether referral is necessary and to whom a referral should be made; 7) Educate patients/clients about the role of physical therapy in health promotion, fitness, wellness, and health maintenance; 8) Promote health, fitness, and wellness programs with considerations of specific populations including women, children, adolescents, elderly, recreational, and elite athletes, individuals with obesity, and individuals of different ethnicities; 9) Promote health, fitness, and wellness for all populations including those with disease or conditions that may lead to impairment, functional limitations, or disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy); 10) Provide prevention activities in the community setting (e.g., health fairs, postural screening, and educational in-services; 11) Apply principles of prevention for defined populations groups (e.g., cardiovascular or pulmonary health, geriatric strength, coordination, balance or fall prevention, and use of seat belts and car seats); 12) Define ergonomics and risk; 13) Given a case scenario, choose which regulatory body (e.g., OSHA, ANSI, NIOSH, ISO) should be referenced for regulations; 14) Apply basic concepts of ergonomic design to case scenarios; 15) Conduct an on-site job analysis; 16) Analyze and synthesize data gathered on an on-site job analysis and produce a report aimed to reduce the safety risks of the job or improve job efficiency; 16) Demonstrate integrity in all interactions with health providers, consumers and payers; 17) Demonstrate the ability to utilize information technology and industrial sources to access sources of information to support clinical and ergonomic decisions; 18) Apply principles of prevention for defined population groups (e.g., cardiovascular/pulmonary health, geriatric strength/coordination/balance for prevention, automobile safety measures such as car sets and seat belts, importance of helmets to prevent TBI, and recognition of the importance and special considerations of physical fitness across the lifespan including people with disease or medical conditions); 19) Draft a letter in support of a current legislative issue to meet needs of the community and or the profession.
May include but are not limited to:
Examinations, written assignments, and community presentations.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
February 10, 2014