School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy

Online Course Announcement

OCTH 792/SocW 792 - The Home Environment:  Principles of Smart Design and Accessibility

  • January 13, 2014 - May 9, 2014
  • Instructor:  Barb Brockevelt
  • 1 Credit Hour Course
  • PRAIREE Consortium Online course
    • The PRAIREE Consortium shares online graduate courses focusing on research to improve health in rural and American Indian communities. Students may enroll through: Kansas State University, Mayo Clinic, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of South Dakota.
Course Description

In this course, participants will become familiar with a wide range of technology options that can be integrated into the home environment to maintain or improve health, maximize independence, and ease caregiver strain. Topic areas will include smart home technology, telehealth, accessibility and home modification, and sensory considerations for individuals and populations. Participants will apply best practices, considering legal, regulatory and reimbursement factors, to case studies and current professional practice.

Objectives and Competencies

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the strengths and limitations of a wide range of technology options that can be integrated into the home environment to maximize independence, manage chronic illness, promote health and wellness, and ease caregiver strain;
  • Understand best practices and the legal, ethical, regulatory, and reimbursement issues related to the use of technology in the home;
  • Apply knowledge of environmental design and smart home technologies to personal health, case studies and current professional practice.

Course expectations include readings , discussion postings, an annotated bibliography and case studies. Students will develop and present a community engaged research proposal.

Enrollment Information

Gary Girard
USD PRAIREE Coordinator