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PHT 712 Prevention and Wellness

Explore epidemiology as it relates to the role of physical therapy in primary care.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3

Many conditions and illnesses are genetic, others are caused by a less-than-ideal lifestyle, activity, and nutritional behavioral patterns. In PHT 712, Prevention and Wellness, you’ll focus on screening and risk reduction so you can develop exercise programs that promote health and wellness, and prevent injury and disease.

Course Description

As you come to understand what the leading health indicators are, you’ll be able to perceive what changes your individual patients can make to promote wellness. Several behavioral-change models can be successful at accomplishing improved health, and you’ll evaluate each, including trans-theoretical, lapse-relapse, and health promotion. In your practice, you’ll use a variety of preventative services and tools, including the use of screening procedures. Epidemiologic principles usually influence screening and prevention procedures and protocols you choose for individual patients. You’ll learn to apply these principles to help you make decisions regarding the appropriateness and timing of screening interventions.


Sample Assignment

After identifying two clinical screening tools you have used, or would like to use, you’ll write an evidence-based paper that will address characteristics of each screen, the clinical utility of the screening tool, and more.


Socioeconomic status, gender, age, race, and access to health care can have a substantial impact on wellness and on interventions for health promotion and the potential for success of these interventions. As you analyze determinants of health in relation to risk factors, you’ll evaluate ways to use a developmental framework to analyze health promotion, risk, and screening protocols across the lifespan. Over the years, many physical therapists have developed an appreciation for the powerful relationship between mental health and physical health and wellness. You’ll explore the role of the physical therapist in treating patients with mental health issues. You’ll also consider the relationship between stress and its relationship to health promotion, healthy behavior, and health-related quality of life.


Identify a signal or symptom that indicates to you that you’re becoming stressed. Describe a strategy you use in response to becoming stressed, and its effectiveness.

Discuss this and more in PHT 712.


Course Topics

Throughout this course, you’ll focus on core topics or themes. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • ::  Health Promotion from a Multidisciplinary Perspective
  • ::  Models of Behavioral Change
  • ::  Screening Protocols
  • ::  Determinants of Health
  • ::  Mental Health, Focus on Depression
  • ::  Stress and its Relationship to Health Promotion
  • ::  Guide to Health Fitness and Wellness

Learning Outcomes: Your Top 12 Takeaways

In PHT 712, you’ll explore methods to help promote and ensure patient well-being.

  1. Examine theories of health and dimensions of wellness across the lifespan.
  2. Apply concepts of behavior management to health, wellness, and injury/disease prevention programs for patients/clients across the lifespan.
  3. Plan physical therapy interview, screening, and examination to identify elements of family history, medical/surgical history, risk factors, and co-morbidities to plan preventions, interventions, and referrals that promote wellness for patients/clients.
  4. Conduct screening examinations to determine levels of health and wellness.
  5. Propose referrals to professionals and community agencies to address patients/clients' modifiable health risks.
  6. Formulate prognoses for patients/clients based on natural history of disease, epidemiology, and extrinsic and intrinsic factors.
  7. Develop plans of care to achieve outcomes based on evidence that prevent health problems and promote wellness.
  8. Model risk reduction strategies through personal example.
  9. Integrate concepts of health behavior management, including motivation, behavior modification, and locus of control when planning wellness promotion programs.
  10. Create a plan to provide community services that reduce risk of injury and disease for diverse age and ethnic groups.
  11. Select prevention and intervention strategies and procedures to promote wellness that incorporate evidence-based practice.
  12. Examine the role that core values/ethical behaviors and professional communication play in relation to conflict resolution, negotiation skills and networking.

Learn More

In PHT 712, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills that will help you develop exercise programs for your clients. For more information about this course or other courses in Utica College’s online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, request more information or call us at 315.732.2640 or toll-free 866.295.3106.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.