Online | 8 weeks | 3 Credit Hours
Many conditions and illnesses are genetic, others are caused by a less-than-ideal lifestyle, lack of physical activity, and poor nutritional behavioral patterns. In this course, you'll focus on screening and risk reduction so you can develop exercise programs that promote health and wellness, and prevent injury and disease.
As you come to understand leading health indicators, you'll learn to identify changes your patients can make to promote wellness. You'll evaluate several behavioral-change models can including trans-theoretical, lapse-relapse, and health promotion—each of which can successfully improve health.
In your practice, you'll use a variety of preventative services and tools, including the use of screening procedures. Epidemiologic principles usually influence the 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.
Socioeconomic status, gender, age, race, and access to health care can have a substantial impact on wellness, 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 health promotion, healthy behavior, and health-related quality of life.