Special Topics in Healthy Aging and Public Health

Fall 2017
HPCH 689 Sections 698 and 699
PHLT 489 Section 500
1 Hour Credit

Meeting Time and Location
TAMU eCampus (web-Based) 

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH
Samuel D. Towne Jr., PhD, MPH, CPH

Course Information
Special Topics in Healthy Aging and Public Health will provide an overview of demographic and epidemiologic trends in aging and multiple social, behavioral, and environmental risk factors for healthy aging; current views of aging and the implications of policies related to aging; informal, formal, and long-term care solutions to meeting the needs of an aging population; different types of behavioral, social, and technological interventions for healthy aging; and the aging experience in developing countries.

Course Schedule (tentative)
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Culture and Diversity
Week 3: Age-related Diseases and Disability
Week 4: Mental Health
Week 5: Behavioral and Social Issues
Week 6: Family and Informal Caregiving
Week 7: Health Care Systems
Week 8: Long-Term Care
Week 9: Social Services
Week 10: Environment
Week 11: Public Health Policy
Week 12: Global Aging Issues
Week 13: Reading Day 
Week 14: Keys to Longevity
Week 15: Final Exam

Jill Crouch, MPH

Special Topics in Evidence-Based Programs

HPCH 689, Section 601, Fall 2017
Thursdays, 12:45- 3:45pm, SPH Classroom Bldg 110
Instructor: Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH

Do you want to help communities meet the health challenges of our aging population?

Are you interested in learning more about

  • Promoting health and preventing diseases among older adults?
  • Empowering people to take charge of their health?
  • Creating partnerships between health care and community-based organizations?
  • Improving the quality of health care?
  • Reducing health care costs?

Aging Population and the Burden of Chronic Disease
The growth in number and proportion of older adults is unprecedented in the history of the United States. The population of Americans aged 65 years or older will double during the next 25 years to about 72 million. More than a quarter of all Americans and two out of every three older Americans have multiple chronic conditions. Today, more than two-thirds of all health care costs are for treating chronic illnesses. Among health care costs for older Americans, 95% are for chronic diseases.

Evidence-Based Programs
Evidence-based programs (EBPs) offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease among older adults. They are based on research and provide documented health benefits. Older adults who participate in EBPs lower their risk of or improve the long term effects of chronic diseases and falls. Community-based organizations and health care organizations can partner to implement EBPs. Creating community-clinical linkages is integral to promoting good health and reducing disease and disability. This course will provide an overview of evidence-based self-management, falls prevention, physical activity, medication management, and stress & depression programs.

Who would benefit from this course?
Effective chronic disease interventions generally rely on multidisciplinary care teams. Successful teams include professionals with knowledge and skills related to the following academic disciplines:

  • Public Health Promotion
  • Healthy Policy
  • Health Administration
  • Social Work
  • Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communication
  • Health and Kinesiology
  • Community Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Medicine

Jill Crouch, MPH

Healthy South Texas Professional Education & Training for Improved Public Health

The Healthy South Texas Professional Education and Training for Improved Public Health Program’s objective is to improve health outcomes by enhancing the training, skills, and performance of the Healthy South Texas workforce – including, but not limited to, community health workers, health care professionals, and extension agents. To meet its objective, the Program collaborates with each target audience to tailor and target its efforts to meet the training needs of the overall workforce. Competency-based education and training is developed based on adult learning principles and delivered via in-person workshops and e-learning. Training is designed to equip the workforce with skills and tools needed to educate a wide-ranging population to reduce the highest impact diseases and their consequences, including diabetes, asthma, and infectious disease.

More information on training can be accessed at the Healthy Texas website.