Disability and Public Health Course
During years 2005 & 2006, the core RRTC: Health & Wellness
staff at will
extend its current 2-credit course on Disability and Public Health
to 3 credits and add material on Health Disparities and Health
Promotion and Disabilities. If demand at OHSU is sufficient, we
will develop this into a second course. Staff will plan and offer
the course at OHSU and potentially other universities. Course content
will draw heavily on RRTC: Health & Wellness research findings
and its expert panel partners, and is anticipated to include: epidemiology
of disabilities, secondary conditions and their prevention, and
effective health promotion strategies. The project will use traditional
methods of didactic instruction, practicum experiences, and direct
supervision to prepare professionals to understand and support
the health and wellness efforts of people with disabilities.
Outcomes: 1) Increased knowledge and awareness of barriers and
access strategies to routine health care, evidence-based health
promotion programs, and standard health status measurement tools;
2) Increased capacity to infuse disability and health awareness
into broader disciplines.
Target Audience: Graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines
(e.g., public health, psychology, special education and rehabilitation
counseling, medicine, nursing, social work, occupational and physical
Outputs: Anticipate 70 students, 3 credit Disability & Public
Health course curriculum, syllabus, and teaching materials
Venue: OHSU and other institutions.
Develop the course: Center staff will design the syllabus and
teaching materials, determine the instructors for each content
section, and make materials and readings available in a variety
of formats. The course will be listed in the University course
listings (Yr 1, 2). Center staff will advertise the availability
of the course in the university registration materials. We will
accept up to 10 students in a seminar course, up to 30 in a classroom
lecture course (Yr 1-5).
Implement the course: Course activities will include a combination
of in-class time (lecture/seminar), and community experiences (supervised
practica). At the end of the course, we will obtain and compile
student evaluations. These data will be used to revise content
and procedures for the next offering (Yr 2, 3).
Evaluate, revise and disseminate course structure and
content: Center staff will develop a course handbook, and revise as necessary.
We will disseminate information about the course and the handbook
to national education and rehabilitation graduate programs through
presentations, letters and direct contacts (Yr 3, 4).