Wellness and Health Promotion: Foundations in Population Health

Jennifer M. Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS

Course Description

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.  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.  In Part 4, participants will evaluate the impact of pandemics on the need for sound population health management strategies to maintain health security and effectively manage public health crises.

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By the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the economic burden of managing chronic disease at a population level and from an individual perspective
  • Explain the relationship between the 6 most common chronic conditions that impact the global health economy and the social, economic, behavioral, clinical, and environmental determinants of health.
  • Summarize, distinguish the differences among, and assess the utility of 3 foundational frameworks for population health management.
  • Evaluate, assess, and discuss the results of at least 3 contemporary population/public health campaigns.
  • Apply the social-ecological framework to design a workplace wellness program for a sample company that: recommends specific policy, community, and individual level interventions; proposes a specific implementation budget; and 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 and contrast the definition of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention; and health promotion and discuss the role of each in delivering value-based care.
  • Distinguish among provider health literacy, expertise, and scope of practice with respect to screening, intervening, or referring out for adverse health behaviors.
  • Critically appraise evidence-based health literacy education for 8 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.
  • Evaluate the relationship among pandemics, public health crises, and sound population health management principles