Shared Interprofessional Courses

Cross-disciplinary knowledge can broaden a student’s understanding of the contexts of different professional perspectives. This experience adds value to both our lives and careers. With that in mind, UNE Online offers a collection of interprofessional courses that you can take as an elective within your degree program or as a non-matriculated student for professional development.

Take a look at the cross-program courses currently available below. All of these courses are three credits each. If you are curious, please get in touch with an enrollment counselor to see when you can enroll or reach out to your student support specialist to add a course to your academic plan.

Interdisciplinary Courses Available to All Master’s and CAGS StudentsWho should take this course?

Strategic use of multimedia communications tools in the nutrition and wellness industry will be examined. Theories of mass communication, including contemporary perspectives and their application to current nutrition and wellness practice are emphasized. Topics include professional and ethical approaches to communication, multimedia writing, use of media for Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC), integration of marketing, and branding and public relations in multimedia and marketing campaigns.

Students that are interested in multimedia communications in nutrition as well as more broadly allied health professions will enjoy this class. Students must create a personal blog, as well as generate a media campaign for an initiative of their choosing.

Diets, dietary practices, food choice and food patterns will be examined through the lens of sustainability at local, national and global levels. Consumer choices and their impact on food webs and global food systems will be explored, through analyzing the various inputs, outputs, and outcomes of food choices. Nutrient availability and nutritional status associated with a variety of dietary types will be considered through the context of dietary effects on personal and environmental health. Topics include policy, socioeconomic, cultural and ethical impacts of a variety of diets/dietary choices.

Those who want to cultivate a deeper understanding of the relationship between dietary choices and the impact of these choices on the environment. Different dietary patterns are examined.

Social media metrics used to inform marketing campaigns and budgeting decisions will be explored. Analyzing social media metrics and developing strategies for viable advertising and social media information dissemination campaigns concerning nutrition and wellness will be emphasized. Topics include how to evaluate and manage the return on investment (ROI) of social media efforts and campaign strategy modification based on the outcomes of metric analyses and data visualization and presentation strategies.

Anyone with an interest in utilizing social media in relation to marketing and budgeting. The major product is a marketing campaign.

Commercial and media influence on concepts of physical and mental health, wellness, nutrition and nutrition education will be examined. Commercialization and consolidation of food systems and the impacts on nutrition are explored. Topics include food labeling, food advertising, the impact of consumers and food businesses on food supply and policy, food lobbyists and policy practices impacting consumer habits, social influences of advertising on the impact of food choices, and media dissemination of nutrition information.

This course examines the role of the media, media influencers, and policy practices on the dissemination of nutrition and wellness information. Food legislation, food lobbying, and consumer and influencer impact on food production/distribution are covered.

This course will help participants identify and prioritize essential behavioral skills in their work with students. They will explore how to model, teach, and nurture behavioral skills and analyze differentiation strategies at Tier 1 of a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support model and prepare for intervention and monitoring at Tier 2 and 3. The course will engage participants in addressing factors that influence a school’s response to behavioral considerations such as available resources, parent collaboration, and school and community culture. This is a new course in development in 2019 and this description is subject to change.

Anyone working with school-age children who is interested exploring the implications of behavioral challenges on educational experiences.

This course will focus on the use of data to create inclusive environments for all students. Participants in this course will apply the components of the Continuous School Improvement Framework (Plan-Implement- Evaluate-Improve). Participants will use data readily available in their classroom, school, or district. Several protocols for analysis will be used. Themes will include using data to support a shared vision and using data to examine school core values.

Anyone interested who is using data to tell the story of an educational context.

This course will deepen participants’ understanding of the factors that affect a learner’s ability to access their education. Participants will explore the current research in neuroscience and its connection to social and emotional learning. Participants will review and understand practical strategies to address the social and emotional learning needs of all learners and develop a social and emotional learning plan including the development of self-regulation skills in all learners. This is a new course in development in 2019 and this description is subject to change.

Anyone working with school age children who is interested in understanding the theory and process of meeting the educational needs of differently abled learners.

This course brings together graduate students in public health, education, social work, nutrition, and health informatics to work collaboratively to learn the fundamentals of policy-making as applied to the broad issue of student mental health in an educational setting. Students work in interprofessional groups to identify the social problem, describe the policy context, map potential policy solutions, and make final recommendations in an individual written policy analysis that incorporates learning from their interprofessional peers. Students will explore the structure and function of government systems as they relate to values-driven policy decisions.

Public policies affect every aspect of our lives from local school districts and health departments to funding priorities and federal laws. This course provides students with an understanding of policy-making processes and benefits those who seek to improve the lives of those within their communities through advocacy. Designed by subject matter experts in Social Work, Education, Health Informatics, Applied Nutrition, and Public Health. This course was designed to be interprofessional and encourage interaction between students in each of these disciplines.

This course will examine public health principles and concepts. It will provide a broad framework for understanding public health’s role in community health, prevention, and medicine. Using the five core public health knowledge areas and the ten essential public health services as a foundation, students will explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy, and emerging issues. In addition, the course will weave public health areas such as chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, and injury into discussions and assignments.

This is a foundational course for public health and provides an overview of the field.

This course is designed to introduce core topics necessary to understand and conduct ethically sound and scientifically valid public health research. It is designed to build on the skills gained in other fundamental public health courses such as principles of epidemiology and biostatistics. Students will work to understand the importance of proper study and experimental design, using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will also gain skills in the design and execution of secondary data analysis and manuscript preparation. Foundational issues in sampling, data collection and structure, survey design and administration, and analytic interpretation will be covered. Prerequisite: GPH 712 and GPH 716.

This course was developed with an interprofessional focus, and is designed to introduce students to the research methods necessary to conduct ethically sound and scientifically valid human subjects research. Students will be introduced to approaches for formulating research objectives and selecting the appropriate research methods for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will learn to identify appropriate data collection techniques as well as basic sampling strategies and survey development. Students will also gain skills in qualitative data management and analysis, as well as interpretation of findings from quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Appropriate for students in all programs.

Maternal and child health provides a foundation for a community’s development and sustainability. Students will apply public health frameworks to maternal and child health concepts and issues; in the process, they will gain a broad understanding of the field of maternal and child health from local and global standpoints. By the end of this course, students will be able to use data for action, apply evidence-based information, examine systems based approach to addressing issues, and examine cultural effects on maternal and child health.

Prerequisite: GPH 738.

Those seeking knowledge of current external factors influencing the health outcomes of diverse (local and global) populations of mothers and children across the lifespan.

In this course students will have the opportunity to focus on the grant writing process (as it is designed and directed by a federal or state public health funding agency). Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and applying the requisite skills to have a potential public health program funded. The course will feature hands-on assignments based on (current) real world topics, resources, and grant funding guidelines. While students do not need to have a background in accounting, many components of a grant application (including a line-item budget) will be addressed.

Those who want to gain the skills necessary to identify and apply for funding for a program (such as those found in the public health field, for instance).

This course provides an overview of the development of public health programs and the evaluation of those programs. The course will help students develop skills required to assess community needs and assets, identify and adapt evidence-based programs, evaluate program effects, and seek funding for these programs. Prerequisite: GPH 726.

Those who want to understand basic concepts in planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs (particularly those in public health).

This course introduces you to critical issues in global health emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to understanding global health problems. The concepts and issues of global health will be considered as well as emerging issues and future concerns. Selected critical global topics in such areas as maternal and child health, food security, environmental health, chronic disease, and infectious disease will be covered.

Those who want to gain a better understanding of health challenges in the developing world, from communicable diseases to nutrition/food security and environmental health issues, and the steps that can be taken to improve health outcomes.

The implementation or integration of major projects or initiatives, such as a new healthcare technology system requires careful planning and organization. This course will provide students with widely-accepted concepts and skills that can be used and scaled to successfully complete projects of varying sizes. Through course work, students will gain experience with the common language used by professionals involved in project management. Students will explore concepts of project charter, work breakdown structures, scheduling, risk planning, and project reporting.

The implementation or integration of any new technology into healthcare requires careful planning and organization. This course will provide students with widely-accepted concepts and skills that can be used and scaled to successfully complete projects of varying sizes. Through coursework, students will gain experience with the common language used by professionals involved in project management. Students will explore concepts of project charter, work breakdown structures, scheduling, risk planning, and project reporting.

Natural and man-made disasters present complex problems that require coordinated responses from multiple municipalities and emergency responders. In this course, students will gain expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive emergency prevention and response plans. The influence of legal, social, environmental, and medical requirements and limitations on emergency management policies will be explored with additional focus on post disaster recovery.

Those looking to increase their understanding of or to have a more active role in emergency management and post disaster recovery.

This course explores the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare leaders and organizations in an age of accountable care, and examines the critical role health data and informatics can and should play in strategic management. Using case-based study techniques, students explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. Students combine these insights into health leadership with the actionable insights offered through effective health informatics and business intelligence practices, to craft optimal solutions to internal organizational processes and to external business decisions.

Anyone in or interested in a leadership position in health-related fields.

This course explores the fundamentals of finance and economics in a health care system at both the local system and national levels. Healthcare leadership increasingly depends upon deep and strategic understanding of the complex payor systems that provide revenue to their organizations. Students will gain expertise crafting strategic approaches to managing market supply and demand, the economics of care and managed care, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal reporting.

Those interested in understanding the fundamentals and effects of finance and commerce on health settings.

The focus of this course is to examine issues associated with substance use and the intersection of multiple individual, family, organizational and societal systems that contribute to risk and resilience. We will explore the impact of social exclusion on the way in which substance use disorders are defined, who receives treatment, at what level, and at what cost. Students will learn to identify, through a person-centered, biopsychosocial lens, the strengths and challenges of those who are impacted by substance abuse. Students will develop competency and resources to aid in prevention and intervention with individuals, families, organizations and policy makers.

Anyone in the position to work with those who struggle with substance use disorder, or those that want to better understand the disorder and it’s impact.

This course is a progressive overview of the field of aging beginning with the history and theories of gerontology and transitioning to the methods providers use with older consumers to maintain wellness and high functional levels in the later years. The latest research on exercise, nutrition and alternative and complementary health care for an aging population is emphasized.

Caregivers, social services workers, and anyone interested in understanding what services and resources are available to the older adult in their own homes, and in community and residential settings, and how policy at all levels influence the development and delivery of services.

An interdisciplinary course on death and dying, we will explore the death system, funerals, economic considerations of death, care of the dying and the bereaved of all ages, psychological dynamics dealing with the death, and ultimate questions in relationship to death and bereavement. The course will examine the basic principles of palliative care, bereavement and grief in all age groups, suicide and grief, issues around refugee and immigrant experience with death, various philosophical and religious understandings of death, meaning of life, ethical issues related to the care of the dying and the bereaved. We will explore the nature of grief and loss, the personal characteristics of effective practitioners, communication skills used in practice, the goals and techniques of practice with people who are grieving, approaches to helping those who are dying, and specific interventions that are helpful to bereaved clients in cases of prolonged grief, mourning a child or those whose deaths were stigmatized or unanticipated. Students will explore their own personal, cultural, and spiritual experiences, beliefs and values around death and dying.

Caregivers, social services workers, and anyone interested in understanding how the experiences of death, loss and grief are influenced by families, cultures, and spirituality. Topics such as end-of-life care, engaging in difficult conversations, and goals and techniques of practice with people who are grieving or dying are closely examined.


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