Course Description

Prevention, Health, and Disability

  This course advances understanding of prevention, health, and disability to prepare for AOTA’s current vision. Within the context of health care reform, students will analyze conceptual models of health and disability and factors influencing health care quality, disparities, and health outcomes of individuals, families, and populations. Students will explore the therapeutic use of self and examine the programs, evidence, and the value of occupational therapy’s role in three domains: 1) prevention efforts, 2) promoting health and well-being, and 3) maximizing function and participation for people with and without disabilities.  


To understand the roles, evidence, value, and potential of occupational therapy in three domains: 1) prevention, 2) promotion of health and well-being, and 3) improvement of function and participation for people with and without disabilities.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Analyze the variables affecting costs, outcomes, and quality of health care in the United States.
  • Articulate the process and measures commonly used in quality improvement.
  • Compare and contrast models and frameworks of health, disability, and functioning.
  • Develop a theory and evidence-base brief proposal of one of the following: (a) health promotion and wellness program, (b) prevention program, or (c) quality improvement program.
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines to the identification and prevention of health care problems within occupational therapy’s scope of practice.
  • Synthesize broad ecological and social determinants of health and evidence to design and deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant clinical interventions and strategies.
  • Create materials for advocacy on behalf of clients, occupational therapy, or health policy.
  • Analyze how therapeutic use of self and shared decision-making facilitate client engagement and therapeutic progress.