Course Descriptions

AS.410.705  Communication for Health Care Professionals (4 graduate credit equivalent)
In this course, students will practice both oral and written communication techniques and learn how to effectively communicate in formal and informal arenas. Students will work together to improve daily communications with peers, colleagues and potential patients. Coursework will focus on specific oral competencies including interviewing and being interviewed and cross-culture communications as well as specific written competencies including application essays, email communications and interview summaries. In all communications, emphasis will be given to getting their message across through logical and concise writing techniques. Additionally, students will discuss how communication strategies can be used to encourage or hinder changes in patient behavior and incite changes in public health.

AS.410.706  Building and Leading Teams in Health Care (4 graduate credit equivalent)
In order to provide the best care possible, health care professionals are working together more now than ever before. As a result, strong leadership and teamwork skills are becoming a necessity in joining the health care field. This course will provide hands-on activities to help students develop problem solving skills, learn basic negotiation and mediation strategies, and understand their own tendencies as a leader and team member. Using real world examples, students will explore how strong leadership and teamwork can drive innovative solutions to public health issues.

AS.410.707  The Psychosocial Determinants of Health, Implications on Diagnostics (4 graduate credit equivalent)
In this capstone course, students will learn basic diagnostic techniques and use case studies to explore the relationship between physiological illnesses and diagnostic output. Through discussions and guided interviews, students will explore the role of psychology and sociology in patient care choices as well as physician recommendations to patients. Students will practice cultural sensitivity through group activities and discussion of pressing public health issues. Students will undertake final group projects that identify needs in the local community and attempt to create solutions they could feasibly be completed with limited resources.