KAHS 6144: Chronic Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Globally: Patient Care and Outcomes

Also: PSYC 6425 3.0

Website: see eClass

Format: Blended

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of the secondary prevention and management of chronic disease. The topics will be examined from a psychosocial, clinical, health services and global health perspective. The course is designed to examine the primary topics in cardiac rehabilitation, and emphasizes both research as well as application. In addition to learning the content area, the purpose of the course is to promote critical thinking, and expression of ideas through written and oral means.

Course Format: There will be a formal presentation by the course director or student each class. We will then discuss the weekly readings through guided questions.

Required Readings: There are PDF files of assigned readings for each class which can be downloaded from eClass. There are on average 3-4 assigned readings per week.

Course Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the concepts in the area of cardiac rehabilitation;
  2. Define and describe the state of knowledge and current gaps in knowledge in your chosen cardiac rehab topic area;
  3. Synthesize and interpret the current state of knowledge in your chosen topic area, in written and oral form;
  4. Demonstrate a working comprehension of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field of cardiac rehabilitation;
  5. Make critical use of scholarly reviews and primary sources to review, present and critically evaluate cardiac rehabilitation information;
  6. Answer challenging questions about your arguments and analyses, and the implications of these;
  7. Appreciate and be able to articulate the uncertainty and limits of our knowledge in the area of cardiac rehabilitation; and
  8. Demonstrate behaviour that is consistent with a high level of academic integrity and social responsibility.

We will also be working on academic skills such as peer review, manuscript preparation and submission, as well as other knowledge translation. Therefore, students are encouraged to participate in workshops offered on campus or beyond.

Grades will be determined on the basis of a presentation and paper on your chosen topic, and participation.

The first assignment involves leading a seminar presentation on your chosen topic as outlined in the schedule. Then, lead the class in discussion of your chosen readings. The grading rubric is as follows: Delivery, Preparedness and Professionalism (5%); Presentation Content (15%; theoretical developments; recent empirical literature); Class Discussion (10%; chairing, generation of critical discussion of readings).

You will also draft a paper on the topic chosen in the schedule below. Use Zotero (or some such software program) for citing the literature. You will first generate an outline of your paper (on which I will provide feedback), and then a full draft. The paper should be drafted in accordance with ICMJE guidance on preparing manuscripts for submission, the applicable Reporting Guideline, and your target journal requirements.

Class participation will be based on the degree and quality of your comments during class and peer review. Think critically! Speak from the evidence! Think methodology! Your class participation grades can be augmented based on documentation that you have successfully completed some of the recommended workshops that interest you as outlined above.

Assignment % of Total Grade
Participation: In-class discussion, peer review, academic workshops 20%
Seminar presentation and chairing discussion 30%
Paper outline 10%
Paper 40%

Sample Course Schedule


1. Introduction
a) Review of course outline
b) Picking topics
c) Review of cardiovascular diseases and treatments

2. Cardiac Rehabilitation Introduction (Part 1)
3. Cardiac Rehabilitation (Part 2)
4. Academic Skills Discussion

  • Preparing and writing manuscripts – purpose of introduction, methods, results,
    discussion, and reference sections;
  • Picking journal and submission
  • Peer review process

5-9 Special Topics (based on student choice at beginning of term)

10. Peer Review of Term Papers