Make a Significant Difference by Promoting Healthier Lifestyles in your Physical or Occupational Therapy Patients and Clients

patient careThe School of Health Professions, the Department of Physical Therapy and UAB eLearning and Professional Studies are working together to offer you a Graduate Certificate in Health Focused Patient/Client Management for PTs and OTs. Health Focused Care is the integration of health promotion and education methods in OT and PT practice to create a holistic approach to enhance patient/client wellness and quality of life. Coursework taught by faculty members with expertise in health and wellness, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition science, will prepare you as a PT or OT for expanding roles in the areas of prevention, health promotion, and wellness.

The certificate program is designed for the working clinician or educator. The curriculum is offered entirely via distance education and includes 15 credit hours, currently in the format of five, three- credit required courses. Students typically take one course per semester, which allows for an easy fit of the coursework into your schedule.

Contribute to Better Lives for those with Chronic Diseases

The ultimate goal of the certificate is to enable graduates to develop and implement clinical and community programs to address lifestyle and behavior factors that underlie many chronic diseases. Emphasis is placed on program development for persons with chronic diseases and/or disabilities. The concepts addressed in the certificate program are applicable across the patient/client lifespan and in a variety of practice settings. Course assignments emphasize practical application of the material to your clinical practice.

What Career Opportunities Would I Have?

Your Graduate Certificate in Health Focused Patient/Client Management for PTs and OTs can help you add vitality to your practice by integrating concepts of health promotion and wellness into everyday clinical activities and developing clinical and community programs in these areas. As people live longer and want a high quality of life, the need for healthcare professionals, with this training can only increase. Be ready to provide screening, referral, and assistance in the areas of weight management, alcohol moderation, stress management, sleep health, smoking cessation, nutritional optimization and physical activity/fitness.

Should I Apply?

You should apply if you are a licensed physical or occupational therapist, who wants to help people enjoy an improved quality of life. If you want to augment your practice, or explore new innovative possibilities for program development as an extension of your practice, the Graduate Certificate in Program in Health Focused Patient/Client Management for PTs and OTs is for you!

Earning this Certificate will change your perspectives on physical or occupational therapy practice!

UAB has a user-friendly online campus that offers fully accessible courses to the first-time online student as well as to returning proficient on-line students. We are here to take the difficulty out and put the world changing learning opportunities in!

What Can UAB Online Offer Me?

You will receive immediate benefits as a UAB student and eventually as an alumnus. You will be proud to say that you are a UAB student because UAB is a world class institution recognized all over the world for excellence in research, service and innovation.

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Alabama's largest biomedical library, will also provide services and resources for you with holdings related to medicine, nursing, optometry, dentistry, public health, health professions, and joint health sciences. Access to a variety of services and information is available on campus and remotely to authorized users through its website at or call 205-934-2230.

You will have immediate access to The Sterne Library which houses more than one million items. Sterne also provides electronic access to the contents of more than 35,044 serials and 72,000 electronic books.

UAB is such a special place. What do you want to know today? Let us help you change your world!

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