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Productive Aging Concentration 

Bay Path University's Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) - Productive Aging Concentration is designed for those seeking to gain expertise in the field of productive aging and advancing their careers to specialize in working with older adults. The program is 100% online and made up of 16 courses (12 core courses and 4 elective courses) for a total of 48 credits.

Completion of this concentration helps healthcare professionals to position themselves as knowledgeable of trends and best practices in aging in place, chronic disease management, assessment, neuroscience of aging, and mental health for older adults.

CORE COURSES (12 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HCM501, HSC701, HSC703, HSC705, hSC707, HSC713, HSC715, HSC790, HSC793, HSC797, PHE510, PHE517 
TRACK ELECTIVES (4 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HSC731, hsc733, hsc735, hsc737

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM501 Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics 3

This course addresses the legal issues that are most prevalent in the delivery of healthcare. Emphasis will be on the common issues that healthcare professionals encounter. The student will be introduced to various legal terms, policy and statutes and their relationship to the healthcare system process. Additionally the student will be provided with foundational knowledge regarding healthcare law and ethics and the effect on healthcare policy.

HSC701 Leadership Theory in Healthcare 3

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories in the context of the changing healthcare environment. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding how to be an effective leader in a variety of healthcare and organizational settings.

HSC703 Applied Statistics for Health Sciences 3

This course covers the selection, application, and interpretation of basic statistical tests and procedures applicable to healthcare research topics. Topics include data, variables, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlations, t test, Fischer’s F test, and the one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).

HSC705 Transformational Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC707 Policy Leadership for Healthcare Transformation 3

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories in the context of the changing healthcare environment. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding how to be an effective leader in a variety of healthcare and organizational settings.

HSC713 Quantitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to quantitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate quantitative research questions, collect quantitative data, select appropriate statistical analyses, and analyze quantitative data.

HSC715 Qualitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate qualitative research questions, collect qualitative data, and analyze qualitative data.

HSC731 Aging in Place 3

This course focuses on supports and barriers to aging in place. The importance of assisting older adults to age productively within his or her own environment and the role of interdisciplinary coordination of care is investigated. Topics include social interaction, community mobility, accessibility, and intergenerational relationships.

HSC733 Chronic Disease Management for the Older Adult Population 3

The unique challenges of older adults living with chronic diseases will be explored. Economic costs and impact on communities, healthcare system, and society will be studied. Focus is on evidence-based interventions to prevent, support, and assist older adults chronic illness living in community and institutional settings.

HSC735 Specialized Assessment for the Older Adult Population 3

Focus is on the role of measurement and the importance of evidence-based outcome measures for assessment in the older adult population. Specialized assessments and outcome measures will be discussed, including documenting change in one or more constructs over time, assessing and describing complex and comorbid conditions, formulating prognoses, and evaluating the effects of interventions at the individual and population level.

HSC737 Neuroscience of Aging and Impact on Mental Health 3

Focus is on the unique challenges of mental health diagnoses, including cognitive impairments, superimposed upon the aging process. Neuroscience concepts related to aging, the psychopathology of later life, and intervention strategies for older adults with a mental health diagnosis are discussed.

HSC790 Research Project 1 3

This course will review proposal components, with particular emphasis on research design and developing the literature review, and will also focus on key issues such as research project format standards, time management demands, committee formation, IRB training, and project management. Students must submit their IRB proposal for institutional approval.

HSC793 Research Project 2 3

Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the completion of research data collection, data analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and preparations for final methodology review.

HSC797 Research Project 3 3

A continuation of DHS 793, doctoral students will be guided in the completion of edits required by the research project committee and methodology review, and preparation for the project defense.

PHE510 Cultural Competency in Healthcare 3

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

PHE517 Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health 3

Students will explore the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. The course analyzes social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum.