KINE,GH 4720 / NURS 4700: Secondary Prevention of Heart Disease: Cardiac Rehabilitation in a Global Context

Prerequisites: HH/NURS 3515 3.00 or HH/KINE 2049 or HH/IHST 2100

Format: blended (generally Thursday's class is in person)

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Course Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease from a clinical, health services and global lens. It is designed to provide an overview of the primary topics in cardiac rehabilitation, and emphasizes both research approaches and application. In addition to learning the content area, the purpose of the course is to promote critical thinking about health services, and expression of ideas through written and oral means.

Class Format: Each class there will generally be a formal lecture according to the course schedule. The lectures will be interspersed with extensive student discussion of the readings and lecture material, and brief videos to exemplify key concepts.  Powerpoint files of the lecture material and lecture recordings can be found on eclass.

Required Readings/Supportive Materials: See PDF article links in the syllabus table which correspond to the weekly topics.

EVALUATION % of Total Grade
Mid-term exam (short answer) 35%
Take-home final exam (essay) 35%
6 Course Reflections 20%
In-Class Poll Participation (or CRFC (5 x 2% each poll)

The mid-term examination will be held during class time. Questions will be drawn from lecture material and course readings. The exam will consist of 8 short answer essay questions.

The final exam will be a take-home test. The essay questions  require synthesis and application of course material to promote critical thinking. The exam will cover course material from the entire term. You will be provided with 3 questions during the last lecture, with instructions to answer 2.

This course is optimized by student participation. Some of the best learning in the course can come from discussion. Class participation grades will be based on in-class polls.

Each week based on the assigned readings, you can contribute to the class by reflecting in an eclass discussion forum on:

  • What did you learn?
  • Why is it important?
  • How does the material relate to your life?
  • What questions do you now have about the topic?

Other students post a response to these questions following the lecture.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate the nature of cardiac rehabilitation
  2. Be aware of limits in knowledge and methodologies when analyzing, evaluating, interpreting and disseminating information
  3. Evaluate information about cardiovascular rehabilitation this is disseminated via popular media and discipline-related journal articles
  4. Present ideas and arguments in a well-structured and coherent manner using appropriate communication formats
  5. Think independently, set tasks and problem solve
  6. Use appropriate academic terminology and notation when preparing and presenting information
  7. Identify areas for personal and professional development
  8. Have developed mutually-beneficial peer relationships for the purposes of networking and mentoring.

Sample Weekly Course Schedule / Timetable


Introductions, Review of syllabus
Refresher on the Heart


Cardiovascular Diseases
Screening & Diagnosis of Heart Disease


Treatment of Heart Diseases


Introduction to Cardiac Rehabilitation
Virtual CR Field Trip


CR Under-Use
Reasons & Interventions to Address


CR in Special Populations: Women


Cardiac Rehabilitation Practice in a Global Context


Psychosocial Issues in CVD (part 1)


Psychosocial Issues in CVD (part 2)