UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

"A survey course focusing on the incidence, etiology, and symptomatology of speech and language disorders in children and adults. Designed to provide students with a general understanding of the types of speech, voice, and language disorders identified and treated by speech-language pathologists."

Source: Western Academic Calendar

Stacking Blocks

"Integrative Health examines a variety of areas and issues concerning the broad field of integrative health. From an evidence-based perspective, the course explores integrative health domains and assesses the quantitative and qualitative evidence about these various forms of "alternative" health including, but not limited to Oriental medicine, mind-body interventions, manual therapies, and herbal/pharmacological approaches to integrative health and lifestyle decision-making."

Source: Western Academic Calendar

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"Responding to the health needs of an aging population, this course will examine global aging and investigate issues unique to aging populations. Topics include demographic and population trends, global burden of disease, evolving models of care, contextual factors such as the environment, health system design and capacity, age-friendly cities and health policy considerations driven by an aging population."

Source: Western Academic Calendar

Yoga Class for all Ages

"This course will explore theories/models of health behavior. Students will be introduced to the main tenets of various health behavior theories/models and their applications to selected health (e.g., smoking, exercise, substance use), illness (e.g., HIV/AIDS, Cancer) and preventive (e.g., condom use) behaviors."

Source: Western Academic Calendar

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This course provides an overview of the following topics of study within rehabilitation sciences: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology and audiology). It is a team-taught course delivered by three instructors, each focusing on one of the topic areas.

Topic: Communication Sciences and Disorders​

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GRADUATE COURSES

"As the introductory course to the Master of Health Studies (MHS) degree, MHST 601 offers a contemporary overview of health in Canada as a basis for your MHS program. The focus of this course is on understanding how to conceptualize, study, and analyze factors influencing the health of Canadians within the context of the Canadian health care system. Students will examine ‘health’ and the foundations of health systems within an inter-professional connected environment. This connected learning will rely on interactions with your classmates and instructor, with your health professional colleagues and mentors, and with professionals and academics around the globe."

Source: Athabasca University

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"In MHST/NURS 602, we will examine a number of emerging informatics technologies and processes. We will describe ways in which the technologies and processes could transform health care, and will then consider issues and concerns related to the application of the technologies and processes."

Source: Athabasca University

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"In MHST/NURS 603, we examine a number of issues related to our roles in facilitating inquiry. We investigate values that drive research questions, and identify appropriate research methods to facilitate inquiry in our fields of practice. We also learn basic elements of quantitative and qualitative research methods. In this journey to facilitate inquiry, we learn to become more research-minded in health care."

Source: Athabasca University

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

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Our population is aging, meaning that we will continue to see an increasing proportion of older individuals. This course is designed to introduce students to this important demographic shift as it is projected to add to healthcare burden. However, increased longevity does not translate to better health outcomes. The aging population will present new challenges to healthcare professionals, and as such it is important to examine aging across the lifespan through a holistic lens (through a critical analysis of multiple determinants of health). Furthermore, as more information is available now than ever before due to advances in information technology, healthcare professionals must become adept at critically evaluating the evolving information base.

Healthy at any age