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Course Descriptions

Students are required to complete 21 credits of core courses and 27 credits within their concentrations. Please find a listing of the current course requirements and descriptions below.

Core Courses
There are seven required core courses (3 credits each)

Required Courses:

HAX 602: Frameworks, Models and Classification Systems in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
This is a foundational course that examines the dynamic interaction between health, disability, and community as well as contextual factors as identified using different frameworks and models. These frameworks and models will be expounded to recognize the influence of each solely and collectively in terms of health and rehabilitation research, disability studies and behavioral and community health research. Parallels and divergences in approaches will be explored with a particular attention to analyzing how students in these three concentrations can work together to engage in meaningful translational research. In addition, students will critically evaluate the role that models and classification systems have played in multiple domains of historical and present-day society and research paradigms.

HAX 653: Research Design and Methods
This course presents process and skills needed to develop independent research studies, including but not limited to, formulating a research question or hypothesis, conducting literature searches, critically appraising scientific literature, and selecting appropriate research designs and methods. This information will be presented in the context of protecting human subjects and health information based on the policies and procedures of the Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CORIHS) and IACUC. 

SOC 501: Multivariate Stats for Social Science
This course is an advanced treatment of descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on the latter. Students will gain practical experience in analyzing current data from the social sciences through the use of statistical computer programs. Topics include: sampling, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, hypothesis testing, point and interval estimation, the normal, binomial, and chi-square distributions, parametric and non-parametric measures of association and correlation, and bi-variate regression.

SOC 502: Multivariate Regression Techniques
This course provides an in-depth overview of regression analysis, primarily focused on OLS modeling. Topics include: inferences in regression analysis, dummy variables, interaction terms, and diagnostics and remedial measures. The course concludes with an introduction to other regression techniques such as logistic and probability modeling.

HAX 656: Qualitative Research
This course trains students to understand and apply the basic principles and techniques of effective analysis and interpretation of qualitative data. Students will learn the strengths and limitations of qualitative analysis and how it complements quantitative analysis. They will apply a range of analysis techniques and interpret their own qualitative research through exercises.

HAX 605: Research Ethics
Presents a broad overview of research ethics and regulation. Conveys the moral bases of scientific ethics, the historical evolution of social science and biomedical research ethics, and the development, implementation, and limitations of U.S. human subjects regulations. Includes ethics and morality in science; science in society; scientific integrity; misconduct; whistleblowing; conflicts of interest; collegiality; publication and authorship; peer review; history and development of human experimentation ethics and regulations (HHS, FDA); Institutional Review Boards; informed consent, waivers, vulnerable populations; privacy and confidentiality of records; epidemiology; and research using animal subjects.

HAX 632: Teaching and Learning
This course will introduce students to adult learning principles and strategies for effective teaching of cognitive psychomotor and affective skills and behaviors in academic. Teaching/learning philosophies, characteristics of the adult learner, learning styles, self-directed learning and reflective practice will be explored.

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  1. Behavioral and Community Health Track

    This concentration has 12 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives

    Required Courses

    HAX 647: Policies and Ethics in Behavioral and Community Health
    This course will explore the health care policies of the US health care system and the influence on public health and programs in behavioral and community health. Topics will include access and utilization of health care, barriers to care, prevention programs, and health disparities and ethics. The course will address the perspectives of the consumer, provider, and the institution.

    HAX 640: Community Health and Community Based Participatory Research
    This course will provide an overview to critical issues in conducting research in community settings. This course will provide an overview of models of community-based services. It will cover the general principles of community-based participatory research, and practical and ethical issues in collaborating with communities, quantitative and qualitative techniques used in community-based participatory research, evaluations, and interventions.

    HAX 642: Participation and Health in Pediatric and Educational Settings
    This course is an exploration of the policies and programs that inform pediatric services and community based research. There will be a focus on pediatric programs that influence health and community participation. This will include programs that support health, wellness, and community participation as well as those influenced by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) that supports children with disabilities from Birth to 21 years.

    HAX 641: Community Mental Health
    This course will explore the policies and programs that address the mental health needs of individuals with a community health focus. Students will apply models of behavior and health to explore topics of mental health. Topics such as prevention, stigma, marginalization, and self-determination, and challenges to service provision will be addressed. The ethics of research with this population will be a central theme of this course.

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  • Rehabilitation Movement Sciences Track

    This concentration has 12 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives

    Required Courses:

    HAX 620 Rehabilitation and Disability
    Introduces the Science of Rehabilitation and the Science of Disability. Presents models of rehabilitation and disability research and discusses controversies and commonalities between these areas. Forms the groundwork for future coursework in rehabilitation and movement sciences.

    HAX 635 Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System and Movement I
    Introduces students to principles and interrelationships of biomechanics and movement. Includes physical biomechanics of the extremities as a foundation from which to apply biomechanical principles. Involves learning to use mathematical approaches to solving static problems and lay the groundwork for solving dynamic biomechanical problems. Reinforces biomechanical theoretical concepts and mathematical models with lab experiments that involve the manipulation of 3D kinematic, kinetic and EMG data.

    HAX 631: Electro/Neurophysiology: Topics for Rehabilitation Research
    Introduces basic methodology of clinical electrodiagnostic measures of EEG, EMG, nerve conduction velocity studies (NCV), H-reflex and evoked potentials. Interpretation of these measures provides access to the physiological basis of disability in peripheral or central nerve damage and potentials for recovery. Examines the interventions using peripheral and central electrical stimulation modalities on muscle, bone, cardiovascular and autonomic systems. Incudes lab activities of selected modalities such as E-stim, FES, TMS, EEG, EMG, NCV, and H-reflex.

    HAX 634 Motor Learning and Motor Control
    This course will introduce the various theories underlying human motor control. Students will actively synthesize and analyze current theory and research related to motor control and skill acquisition through examination of relevant literature. This course places emphasis on determining the implications of this work for future research, educational and/or clinical practice. Includes early and contemporary theory, skill acquisition facilitation, practice, feedback, transfer of training, modeling, part vs whole training, imagery, implicit learning, explicit learning and memory systems.

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  • Disability Studies Track

    This concentration has 12 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives

    Required Courses:

    HAX 667/EGL 592 Disability Studies Language, Narrative and Rhetoric
    Focuses on how language and rhetoric frame how disability is perceived, experienced, and treated. Included critical and rhetorical analysis of professional discourses as well as personal disability narratives and memoirs. The Society for Disability Studies, an interdisciplinary nature of disability studies and the role language and rhetoric play in representations of disability. Some questions to be explored include: In what ways d clinical or professional discourses and personal narratives reveal experience of power and powerlessness? How is the bodily experience of disability described in professional contexts as compared to personal narratives? How does description and perception influence the practice of professionals and quality of life for people with disabilities? What assumptions about disability are revealed through rhetorical analysis? These questions will frame our attention to representations of disability in a variety of texts: academic, professional, literary, clinical, personal, and visual. Not to be taken for credit with ESL 592.

    HAX 668 Emerging Topics in Disability Studies
    Focuses on the intersections of disability with other emerging area studies such as gender, class, sexuality, race and global studies. Encompass study of different emerging disciplinary areas of disability studies in the social sciences, health sciences, humanities, business, and technology. Explores the connections between disability activism, art, and scholarship in the 21st century. Traces emerging regional distinctions in disability studies research and scholarship, especially between Northern and Southern Countries.

    HAX 665 Disability Participation and Justice
    Explores concepts of “Participation” and “Justice” as they relate to disability experience. Introduces research strategies, participatory methods and methodologies for disability studies research in the applied social and health sciences. Discusses ethical issues in disability research and what it means to disabled people in daily life. Examines social analysis, healthcare discourse, and research on the evolution of healthcare practices, cultural beliefs, and social structures influencing the treatments, services, and opportunities available to disabled people in the United States and internationally.

    HAX 664 Conceptual Foundations of Disability Studies
    Present conceptual foundations of disability studies beginning with the 19th and early 20th century theories and scholarships. Theorists from the 1960s and 1970s who influenced the theoretical development of the new field of disability studies will be discussed. The course will explore foundational disability studies scholarship of the 1980s and 1990s as the field established itself first in the social sciences and then the humanities.