NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

424 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy Course Descriptions Note: Listed after each entry are semester credits. *Required core course HPH 7300—Biostatistics I The application of quantitative techniques has expanded rapidly in medical decision making. The emphasis on evidence-based health care means that health care workers must be able to evaluate the results from published health care research studies. This course is the first of two courses designed to provide students with the knowledge of quantitative techniques. The course will cover descriptive statistics, parametric group comparison statistics, and basic nonparametric statistics, as well as provide an introduction to linear modeling. (3 credits)* HPH 7310—Biostatistics II The aim of this course is to enable students to appreciate the richness of statistical science and to invite them to the concepts of probabilistic thinking. Statistics is the science of the future. Any technique that they are going to learn will help them to understand the unknown better, and in turn, it will increase their success in other courses and in future professional careers. Principles of statistical inference build upon the Biostatistics I course. As such, a prerequisite for enrolling in this course is Biostatistics I. The goals of this course are threefold: (1) introduce the basic concepts of probability and methods for calculating the probability of an event, (2) assist students in developing an understanding of probability theory and sampling distributions, and (3) familiarize students about inferences involving one or two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-square tests. (3 credits)* HPH 7400—Quantitative Research Design This course will provide students with a basic understanding of themethods and approaches used in health-related research. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies. The course will cover ethics, formulation of research questions, study design, reliability, validity, sampling, measurement, and interpretation of research findings. It will prepare students to critically evaluate published literature and to design sound research studies. The course will be both theoretical and applied. Students will be challenged to apply the theoretical concepts presented in the classroom and in the readings to design a study to address a health-related issue of their choice. (3 credits)* HPH 7410—Qualitative Research Design The Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in HPD are designed to prepare students to conduct research in their discipline. The focus of this course is to introduce students to qualitative research methods of inquiry, and to provide the knowledge and skill competencies needed to critique, design, and conduct qualitative research. Phenomenological inquiry, grounded theory, ethnography, and other commonly used approaches to qualitative research will be examined. Students will gain understanding of the history of qualitative research, the philosophies that drive the various methodologies, strategies for data collection and analysis, ethical considerations, applications, and implications of using qualitative research methods in health care. Students will have the opportunity to experience qualitative data collection and analysis. Current published qualitative research in health professions and education literature will be analyzed in the context of topics covered in this course. Upon completion of the course, students will have demonstrated mastery of the basic competencies needed to create, plan, and complete a qualitative research study. As part of the HPD Ph.D. core curriculum, students in this course represent various health professions programs throughout the HPD and the college of education. This affords unique and valuable opportunities for discussion, collaboration, and sharing of ideas and perspectives among students with varied professional experiences and research goals. (3 credits) PHT 7010—Professional Issues in Physical Therapy and Health Care Current issues facing the physical therapy profession. Students participate in group discussions and complete a written project on a selected topic. (3 credits)* PHT 7020—Legal Issues in Health Care Students explore more global and controversial bioethical topics in the health care arena. Legal and ethical issues related to topics including animal and human research, genetic engineering, cloning, alternative medicine, life support, organ donation, and telemedicine are analyzed. Students will participate in group discussions, conduct interviews of local legal authorities, and complete written assignments on highly controversial health care practices. (3 credits)* PHT 7030—Health Care Policy and Health Care Reform Covers global issues of health care reform, examining the theories, methodologies of reform, the impact of each on physical therapy, and how practitioners can effect change. (4 credits)* PHT 7040—Bioethics and Ethical Issues in Health Care Health care professionals are required to act morally and ethically. This course is designed to expand the student’s basic understanding of ethics, promoting ethical awareness and enabling the student to derive better health care decisions that reduce risk of potential ethical consequence. By being exposed to bioethics and controversial ethical issues typically encountered in current health care practice, students can