Allied Health Courses

 

Medical Terminology (4 Credits)

This course is designed for students in the health care curriculum who need to be familiar with medical terms. It provides a framework for building a medical vocabulary. Emphasis will be on understanding basic medical terms, abbreviations and their meanings and how they are used in documenting and reporting patient care procedures. Information provided in this course will help students to succeed in their chosen healthcare careers by familiarizing them with how medical terms are formed and by providing a systematic learning structure. Practical applications are provided by exercises.

 

Evolution of Human Health (4 Credits)

History of human health in ecological, cultural, and historic contexts.

 

Healthy Lifestyles (4 Credits)

This exciting health course is designed to explore the different aspects of health including physical, social, psychological, spiritual, intellectual, and environmental, with an emphasis on positive personal healthful decisions and adoption of behavior that will minimize health risks and enhance overall wellness.

Community Health Matters (6 Credits)

What makes a healthy community? This course is designed to give students an introduction to many health issues associated with any given community. Through awareness of such issues, students will be able to use empirical and epidemiological skills to assess the extent of the issues, problems, potential problems and viewpoints in addition to examining possible solutions to the given problems. The primary goal of this class is to assist the students in determining his or her role as a health professional in a community setting.

 

Stress Management (4 Credits)

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of stress, including how stress impacts health and how to use stress management techniques to experience an optimal level of stress.

 

Facilitating Healthy Behavior (4 Credits)

This course is designed to explore individual as well as group health counseling approaches and theories with an emphasis on application of health promotion strategies, in varied settings, that facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors.

 

Addiction & Related Issues (4 Credits)

Prevention theory and application with an emphasis on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and violence. Implications for treatment will be discussed.

 

Intro to Health Care Professions (4 Credit)

This course will allow students to obtain information regarding the rights, responsibilities, scope of practice, and daily routine of the following doctorate and master of science health care professions such as, but not limited to: allopathic, chiropractic, dental, naturopathic, oriental, and osteopathic medicine, pharmacology and physical therapy forms of health care.

 

Chronic Disease Management (6 Credits)

Chronic disease is the leading health influence in the United States. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to prevalent chronic diseases and how the patient, caregiver, and loved ones deal with challenges that accompany living with a chronic disease. The course will address the etiology, risk factors, tertiary treatment, psychosocial and functional (physical, emotional, and vocational) impacts of major chronic diseases and resources available for the patient, caregiver and healthcare provider/professional.

 

Healthcare for Women & Children (6 Credits)

This course is about ecological constraints on female reproductive biology and child health. It focuses on how parenting behaviors have evolved over the course of human evolution. It investigates mammalian reproductive strategies, energetic costs of pregnancy and lactation, and cross-cultural variation in female fertility rates and child survival.

 

Environmental Health (6 Credits)

This course provides an overview of the many facets of environmental health problems, issues, and programs. It will explore certain health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control some of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

 

Health information Communications, Exhibition & Promotion I (6 Credits)

Professional background, history, philosophy, theories, ethics, roles, responsibilities, work settings, agencies/organizations, literature, social media and future trends.

 

Health information Communications, Exhibition & Promotion II (6 Credits)

This course focuses on writing about health issues and matters besides infographics (graphically presenting information) and graphic design.

 

Health information Communications, Exhibition & Promotion III (6 Credits)

This course focuses on storytelling and audio/video presentation of health issues and matters.

 

Introduction to Public Health (6 Credits)

Considered in this course are the basic concepts related to public and community health. Many students of the “sciences” focus on the details of each discipline of science (biology, chemistry, etc.) without understanding how these disciplines play roles in the health of the public in general. This course is designed to introduce the science of public health, including epidemiology, environmental health and health education. The history of public health and the basics of the U.S. healthcare system are also covered.

Health Administration (6 Credits)

Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting in public and private health-care organizations including hospitals, clinics, public-health departments, and voluntary organizations.

 

US Healthcare Infrastructure (6 Credits)

Have you ever been lost in the healthcare system or wondered how it all works? This course examines the organization, financing and influence of health care in and on the United States. In order for one to fully understand U.S. health care, one must explore all dimensions of health care. It will also provide field experience through onsite tours of health care facilities and alternative medicine clinics. Students will gain valuable insights as to how health care workers perceive where health care has been and where it is going. And lastly, students will explore and critique how health care in the U.S. has influenced popular culture.

American Healthcare System (6 Credits)

The American HealthCare System is designed to introduce students to the medical personnel, institutions, and health care delivery systems that they will inevitably encounter while participating in a variety of types of actions, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers compensation, products liability, and age and disability discrimination. The course provides an introduction to the medical training, licensing, and peer review processes (including practical descriptions of the medical personnel hierarchy and the typical responsibilities of trainees and supervising physicians within the treatment team); a discussion of various common practice structures; a review of insurance and other healthcare financing structures (including fee for service, HMOs, and Medicare/Medicaid); and a summary of antitrust constraints on medical providers. This course also includes a policy-oriented discussion of the future of health care delivery and financing.

 

Biomedical Ethics (6 Credits)

Moral issues arising out of advances in biological knowledge and technology, e.g., concerning behavior modification, genetic engineering, euthanasia, abortion, transplants, rights of patients.

Introduction to Epidemiology (6 Credits)

The definition of epidemiology is the ‘study of disease.’ Originally, epidemiologists only studied infectious disease epidemics such as plague and cholera; however, today’s society is also interested in the prevalence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma, and low back pain. This course covers all aspects of an epidemiological investigation: from risk factors for disease, to rate calculations, to surveillance methods to determine changing disease patterns. Modern epidemics will be discussed.

 

Cultural Health & Healing (6 Credits)

This course studies how the concept and practice of health and healing are mediated by culture in different historical and societal contexts.

 

Health Economics (6 Credits)

Economics of health care, health-care delivery systems, public and private health insurance, location of health facilities, and health-care inflation.

 

Health Marketing (6 Credits)

Health promotion and marketing concepts as they relate to health education program planning. Experience in specific marketing strategies. Topics we will consider in this course include the dynamic relationship of marketing and society; the world-wide impact of American commercial culture, global brands, and globalization; the evolving marketplace of the internet and its consequences for society and the future; and laws and regulations concerning competition, privacy, and intellectual property. In the process, and in addition, students will learn skills related to product development and design, where and how to sell products, customer perception of prices, the use and effects of branding, and other marketing tactics.

 

Health Sociology (6 Credits)

The purpose of this course will be to examine the link between social position and health patterns in the US population. Two central questions will be addressed: (1) Which groups in society are more or less advantaged in terms of health and longevity? Why are certain groups in society more or less advantaged in terms of health and longevity? To answer these questions, we will begin with an introduction to social epidemiology, mind-body-society processes, and key 2 health-related concepts and methodologies. The bulk of the material will be devoted to understanding how social position (and socially patterned conditions) might contribute to health and longevity patterns. Specific topics include socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, aging, family, religious involvement, and neighborhood context.

 

Health Psychology (6 Credits)

Social and psychological variables influencing health and coping with illness. Stress reactions, risk factors in chronic disease, coronary-prone behavior, prevention of disease.

 

Health Policy (6 Credits)

Introduction to health policy issues in U.S.; needs and demands for public action; organization and nature of political support; process and problems of decision making in health policy areas. Gain an understanding of public health policy and its influence on organizations and populations from a federal to local level. Learn how the formation of public health policy by federal and state governments can impact private sector organizations and health care delivery systems.

 

Health Law (6 Credits)

Health Law provides an introduction to the broad array of legal principles involved in the delivery of healthcare today. Legal issues related to health policy, health care administration, and biomedical ethics will be included. Topics to be addressed include the physician-patient relationship; confidentiality; informed consent; medical error and apology; medical malpractice and tort reform; end of life issues such as withholding and withdrawing care; Good Samaritan laws; reproductive health issues, including contraception, abortion, and stem cell research; human subjects research; organ transplantation; and regulation of pharmaceuticals.

 

Healthcare Informatics I & II (12 Credits)

An overview of basic concepts in medical and healthcare informatics. These core concepts include an introduction to the foundational theory and practical application of clinical decision making; computerized decision support; healthcare systems and their organization; the special issues of administration, security, and operations of electronic records in the healthcare setting; human factors issues; information science in the biomedical domain; imaging informatics; telehealth technology; public health informatics; standards, terminologies, and the uniqueness of biomedical data; and a special focus on emerging technologies.

 

Public Health Informatics (6 Credits)

Population and public health informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field focusing on the use of informatics methods and tools to improve population and public health practice and research. This online course provides an introduction to the field through exposure to core concepts of public health, epidemiology, and informatics, as well as an examination of public health informatics initiatives. At the completion of the course students will be able to: 1) describe the mission & practice of public health & identify opportunities to advance population and public health using informatics methods and tools. 2) Describe fundamental informatics principles, such as business process modeling & their application to public health 3) Examine standards relevant to population health 4) Describe the current & evolving relationship between clinical & public health systems, including needs, challenges and opportunities and issues concerning Meaningful Use initiatives. 6) Examine roles required to develop and manage public health informatics projects and systems.

Research Methods & Statistics (1-12 Credits)

All health care professionals and individuals involved in biological sciences depend on research results for new information in their field. This course provides the foundation for understanding basic research methods and the application of research findings to the healthcare industry. Topics covered in this course include fundamentals of research design, research ethics, basic biostatistics, and other research-related issues applicable to future health care providers and other individuals interested in the biological sciences.

 

Supervised Practice Experience (1-12 Credits)

Application of allied health knowledge and skills in healthcare management and community and clinical practice under the supervision of qualified preceptors. Experience objectives are based on role- delineation studies designed to achieve skills and competency to practice in these areas.

Supervised Thesis Project (1-12 Credits)

This is a requirement for the Diploma and Master’s Degree in Allied Health Sciences & Services.

 

Supervised Dissertation Writing (1-12 Credits)

This is a requirement for the Doctorate Degree in Health information Communications, Exhibition & Promotion (HiTec).