UA Course Work

In addition to the Interdisciplinary Training Program courses, Sonoran UCEDD faculty teach a variety of classes for undergraduate and graduate students in four colleges at the University of Arizona relating to disability issues and topics:  College of Medicine, College of Education, the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the College of Science.  We are committed to educating students on the current trends and information on disability studies and practice.

Below lists classes taught by UCEDD faculty.  For more information, please visit the UA Catalog or go to UAccess Student to view the Schedule of Classes and to register.


College of Medicine

Medical Student Block on Reproduction and Development
A required 9 week 2nd year medical school block on the biology and medicine of human reproduction and sexuality and normal and abnormal development through the life cycle. This block contains 20 hours of curriculum on normal and abnormal development. Sessions include: Cognitive Development, Motor Development, Developmental Milestones, the Teeenage Brain, Intellectual Disability, and Autism Team Learning.

Medical Student Intersession Mini Module on Musculoskeletal Exam & Disability
Intersession mini module for 3rd year medical students which includes a discussion and demonstration of a person-centered approach to the musculoskeletal exam for someone with a disability.

Department of Family & Community Medicine

FCM 496/596D - Disability Perspectives: Research, policy, and practice
3-credit undergraduate and graduate course, typically offered in the fall semester
This course will provide an introduction to how the lives of people with disabilities are framed by society through research, policy, and practice.

FCM 815B - End of Life/Palliative Care
3 or 4 week elective open to 3rd & 4th year medical students
The student will learn the basic principles of a team-approach to palliative and end of life care. This includes an understanding of the clinical and psycho-social-spiritual needs of adults with a terminal illness. The course can be designed based on the student’s interest and needs.

College of Education

Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

SERP 414 - Introduction to Disability Studies and Services
3-credit undergraduate course
Overview of disability in the humanities; historical and current perspectives of rehabilitation, education, and public policy.

SERP 416 - Disability Perspectives and Narratives
3-credit undergraduate course
Exploration of disability culture and identity throughout the lifespan with respect to family, education, employment, public policy and ethical issues; including the pervasive representational uses of disability and the discrimination faced by people with disabilities.

SERP 399/499 - Disability Studies Independent Study
1 - 3 credit undergraduate course of individualized study relating to disability

Center for the Study of Higher Education

HED 623 - Disability Community, Culture and Identity
3-credit graduate course
This course seeks to expand and reframe thinking around disability by focusing on dynamics of community, culture, and identity. Disability is a sociopolitical construction and to think about it as such, class readings and discussions will explore how design, media, education, and policy shape the way disability is conceptualized in society, and within an educational context. This course seeks to provide opportunities for students to more authentically understand the disability experience and use this understanding to enhance their professional practice. We will rely on narratives, panels, and media to add a richer more personal element our class discussions.

Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

CPH 408/508 - Disabilities and Public Health
3-credit undergraduate and graduate course, typically offered in the spring semester
Almost 20% of all Americans have some kind of disability.  People with disabilities experience worse health and higher health care costs than the general population. People with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities are more likely to experience potentially preventable secondary conditions, chronic conditions, and early deaths.  Routinely, people with disabilities report that they have unmet health care needs. It is imperative that public health professionals learn about the history, current situation, policies and practices that impact people with disabilities living in our communities.  Course work includes class seminars, a large component of field work, reviewing pertinent literature, and semester project.

CPH 508 - Children with Special Health Care Needs: Public Health Issues
1-credit graduate course
This course will discuss the term Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and discuss the epidemiology, etiology, complications, and social barriers of three common conditions (autism, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida) seen in children.  Handouts will be given that cover these same areas in other conditions that demand special care of children.  The importance of a Medical Home for CSHCN will be discussed.

CPH 542 - Global Service-Learning Perspective on Disability
2-credit graduate course
Disabilities will be presented using a life-course approach and discussions will target disabilities in vulnerable populations emphasizing prevention and rehabilitation as a global rights issue. Students will learn about some of the difficulties individuals with disabilities have in navigating the "system", their environment, and the barriers individuals with a disability face in trying to change policies to improve their lives.  Course will use lectures, class discussions, service learning, and policy development.

CPH  606 - Changing Health Policy: Cultural Understanding & Epi Analysis
4-credit graduate course

Students will develop the skills to work in another culture by discovering how culture influences health, finding existing data, analyzing and interpreting it in appropriate cultural contexts to form policy.

College of Science

Department of Psychology

PSY 496H/596H - Memory Development and Disorders
3-credit honors undergraduate/graduate course
This course will focus on the development of memory systems, starting with the building blocks of memory established in infancy, continuing to changes in memory development throughout childhood and into adulthood, and finally discussing how memory may change with aging. We will cover methods of assessing mechanisms of memory development (i.e., eyetracking, EEG, NIRS, fMRI, animal models), including demonstrations of dense array EEG recordings. A portion of the course will cover the causes and consequences of fractured memory development, including acquired lesions, childhood trauma and stress exposure, prematurity, and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. The course will culminate in a final project in which groups will team together to create a proposal for a new research study in this area.

Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

SLHS 596G - Cochlear Implants and other Implantable Hearing Prostheses
2-credit graduate course
This course is focused on the science and technology of cochlear implantation, that is, devices that provide stimulation to the auditory nerve as a treatment for hearing loss.  The biophysics and neurophysiology of "electrical hearing" and, conversely, deafness, form the foundation of this course.  All aspects of this technology, from  infant, child and adult candidacy issues,  through to speech, language, hearing and cognitive outcomes are considered.