Course Summary

Health prevention programs that involve annual physical evaluations and screening is an accepted method to effectively reduce the incidence and negative impact of common diseases. In the United States, research has focused on initiatives to improve community-based programs to increase healthy lifestyles throughout all age groups. New strategies to promote healthier populations must consider prior barriers to preventive healthcare and environmental influences that impact the risk and outcome of a disease state. By developing a solid understanding of health prevention, enhanced strategies to improve health outcomes may be reached by health teams that support healthier populations in U.S. regions and worldwide. A search of the literature provided examples of health prevention approaches to improve healthcare in various world regions, which included case trials and program development aimed at new ways to improve the utilization of accepted standards of care as well as to incorporate individual approaches based on lessons learned relative to disease prevention, treatment and outcomes. There are multifactorial risks and environmental influences that impact how prevention strategies evolve and these constitute an ongoing challenge to the health profession and to medical researchers.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • I.      Introduction
  • II.      Screening for Disease Detection and Prevention
  • III.      Alcohol Use Disorder
    • 1.        Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – AUDIT
    • 2.        Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption – AUDIT-C
    • 3.        Research: Alcohol Use Prevention and Road Safety
  • IV.      Tobacco Use Disorder
    • 1.        Smoking Cessation Interventions
    • 2.        EHR: Screening and Prevention
    • 3.        Research: Smoking Cessation Program
  • V.      Lung Cancer
    • 1.        Research: National Lung Screening Trials
  • VI.      Breast Cancer
    • 1.       American Cancer Society Screening Recommendations
    • 2.        USPSTF Screening Recommendations
    • 3.        Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Recommendations
    • 4.        Research: Nutrition and Breast Cancer Prevention
  • VII.     Cervical Cancer
    • 1.       Research: Cervical Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination
  • VIII.    Prostate Cancer
    • 1.        Research: Prostate Cancer Risk and Dairy Intake
  • IX.      Skin Cancer
    • 1.        Research: The USPSTF’s Skin Cancer Screening Recommendations Reviewed
  •  X.      Colorectal Cancer
    • 1.       USPSTF Screening Recommendations
    • 2.       Research: Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • XI.      Oral Cancer
    • 1.       Research: Oral Leukoplakia and Oral Cancer Prevention
  • XII.     Coronary Heart Disease and Hypertension
    • 1.       Hypertension
    • 2.       Research: Benefits of Exercise for the Heart
  • XIII.    Diabetes and Lipid Disorders
    • 1.       Diabetes/Prediabetes Testing in Asymptomatic Adults
    • 2.       Screening for Medical Complications Associated with Diabetes
    • 3.       Components of Diabetes Care
    • 4.       Research: Exercise and Metabolic Disorders
  • XIV.    Obesity
    • 1.       Research: Obesity Risk in Youth
  • XV.     Osteoporosis
    • 1.       Research: Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoporosis
  • XVI.    Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
    • 1.       Hepatitis B
    • 2.       Hepatitis C
    • 3.       Research: Hepatitis C  and mCGN
  • XVII.   Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    • 1.       Research:  A “Status Neutral” Approach to HIV
  • XVIII.  Illicit Drug and Prescription Drug Use
    • 1.  Research: Opioid Use in an Era of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  • XIX.    Glaucoma
    • 1.       Research: Open-angle Glaucoma Case Study
  • XX.     Hearing Impairment
    • 1.       Research: Hearing Impairment
  • XXI.    Genitourinary Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • 1.       Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
    • 2.       Chlamydial Infection
    • 3.       Gonorrhea
    • 4.       Syphilis
    • 5.       Research: Antimicrobial-Resistant Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
  • XXII.    Iron Deficiency Anemia and Pregnancy
    • 1.        Research: Intravenous Iron for Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • XXIII.   Major Depression
    • 1.        Research: Comorbid Major Depression and PTSD
  • XXIV.   Screening for Newborns, Children and Adolescents
    • 1.        Congenital Hypothyroidism
    • 2.        Obesity
    • 3.        Phenylketonuria
    • 4.        Sickle Cell Disease
    • 5.        Visual Impairment in Children Ages 3 to 5: Amblyopia
    • 6.        Research: Amblyopia in Children
  • XXV.    Interpersonal Violence: Intimate Partner & Elder
    • 1.        Elder Abuse
    • 2.        Research: Interdisciplinary Team and Elder Care
  • XXVI.   Prevention and Personal Health Counseling
    • 1.        Vaccinations
  • XXVII.  Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Noah H. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Noah Carpenter is a Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and medical school and training at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carpenter completed surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Edmonton and Affiliated Hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta, and an additional Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has specialized in microsurgical techniques, vascular endoscopy, laser and laparoscopic surgery in Brandon, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and in Colorado, Texas, and California. Dr. Carpenter has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Calgary, and was appointed a Citizen Ambassador to China, and has served as a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, Canada Science Council, and the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons, among others. He has been an inspiration to youth, motivating them to understand the importance of achieving higher education.

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