Course Description

Foundations in Population Health

This course provides an introduction to Population Health Management and builds the context for the essential role that multi-faceted, scale-able health promotion and prevention interventions play in achieving sustainable, value-based health outcomes at national and global levels.

Faculty

Jennifer Gamboa
PT, DPT, OCS

President of Body Dynamics – a multi-disciplinary physical therapy and wellness center and FitTest Solutions – software for annual PT examination/intervention

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Course Description

This course will lay the foundation for assessing and developing population health initiatives using the social-ecological framework. In Part 1, participants will evaluate the economic burden and prosperity costs of chronic disease management. In Part 2, participants will survey historical and contemporary population health initiatives to close the gap between disease management and sustainable community health. In Part 3, participants will evaluate evidence-based interventions for key health behaviors.

Objectives

At the completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Distinguish the economic burden of managing chronic disease at a population level and an individual perspective.
  • Evaluate the relationship between the 6 most common chronic conditions that impact the global health economy and other determinants of health (such as, social, economic, behavioral, clinical, and environmental).
  • Distinguish the differences between the three foundational frameworks for population health management.
  • Evaluate the utility of the three foundational frameworks for population health management.
  • Judge the results and impact of at least three contemporary population/public health campaigns.
  • Using the social-ecological framework, design a workplace wellness program for a sample company that has the following characteristics:
    • Recommends specific policy, community, and individual level interventions.
    • Proposes a specific implementation budget.
    • Predicts a 3-year return on investment of at least 2 to 1.
  • Analyze the influence of contemporary understanding of value on population health management.
  • Compare the definition of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for health promotion
  • Articulate the role of various prevention strategies in delivering value-based care.
  • Distinguish among provider health literacy, expertise, and scope of practice for screening, intervening, or referring for adverse health behaviors.
  • Evaluate evidence-based health literacy education for eight key health behaviors (including biometric tracking competency; management of sleep, stress, and loneliness; tobacco cessation and moderation in alcohol consumption; physical activity guidelines; and nutrient dense nutrition guidelines).
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