The 8 core courses address research, teaching, utilization and dissemination of scholarship, clinical inquiry, health policy, research design, statistics, and scientific writing. Collectively these core courses provide a foundation for the emphasis area coursework and scholarly project.
Foundations of Research
This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills for validating clinical practice through scientific investigation. The student will learn about the research process including: the development of a hypothesis, review of the literature, experimental and quasi-experimental research design, statistical analysis, tests for reliability and validity, guidelines for data collection and analysis, ethics in research, evaluation research and oral presentation of research.
Public Policy and Healthcare
This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills for analyzing and influencing public policy related to health. Topics include the U.S. healthcare system, policy-making processes, government and non-government participants in policy development, implementation and evaluation, the role of research in policy development, translation of policy into programs, the policy agenda, interactions among problems, programs and politics. Each student will examine the effectiveness of a public policy related to practice.
Scholarship of Practice
This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills needed for the utilization and dissemination of scholarship. The course covers four types of scholarship: discovery, integration, application and teaching as well as standards of scholarly rigor for each scholarship type. Students will develop skill in the analysis of a body of literature, scholarly writing, and review of articles for publication. Students also study how the government influences the creation and dissemination of practice knowledge and how various stakeholders influence government research initiatives.
Optometry Business Management I
This course surveys the profession of optometry up to present day, provides details about planning for personal, professional and financial goals, managing debt, and building credit worthiness to prepare for professional life. Optometric career choices, modes and scope of optometric practice, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the various paths are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the steps that should be initiated to prepare for a professional career.
This course presents vision development and diagnostic strategies for examining infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Discussion on how vision development guides treatment and management options in the pediatric population will be included. Application of pediatric tests for special needs patients and the diagnosis and management of vision problems and pathology commonly affecting this population will be discussed.
OPTOG 1722 Diagnosis of Strabismus and Amblyopia
Optometry Business Management II
The emphasis of this course is on enhancing a student’s interpersonal skills and professionalism as part of patient care. Using a lecture/workshop format, emphasis is placed on the ethical implications of professional practice. Doctor/patient communication methods, practice marketing, patient retention, office production and benchmarking are presented. Clinico-legal aspects from record keeping, patient confidentiality, documentation, coding and billing, record release, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues are also covered.
Statistics for Clinical Research
Students will review descriptive statistics and probability prior to developing skill in drawing inferences involving one or more populations, chi-square, ANOVA, bivariate and multiple regression analysis. Correlational analysis and non-parametric statistical tests commonly used in clinical practice and education research will also be covered.
This course prepares health professionals to write and publish scientific papers. The course covers the preparation of scientific manuscripts, including case reports, systematic reviews, original research reports, commentaries and editorials. Scientific style and style manuals, structured abstracts, citation methods, peer review processes and writing ethics will also be covered.