I picked two ideas from two different courses that I am currently taking this semester to elaborate on and discuss how I was interested in them and how they connect with what I want to do in the future, which is Occupational Therapy. The first idea I chose is from Principles of Health, which is one of the core lower level courses in the health education and promotion major. The second idea I chose is from Health and Society, which is a social work course.
The first idea I chose is physical activity guidelines in the United States, implemented by the government. There are guidelines for things like aerobic exercises, muscle strengthening, and flexibility. The guidelines for these excercises vary for different age groups. My goal is to be an occupation therapist and the two main populations that occupational therapists work with are pediatrics and geriatrics, so I focused on those two age groups when learning about this idea. Exercise is a big part of occupational therapy as a lot of times people from both populations are getting therapy to be able to participate in exercise after an injury or after suffering from an incident like a stoke. Knowing the guidelines for exercise is essential to be able to give therapy to get people back to the state of being able to follow the guidelines.
The second idea I want to elaborate on is global health. This is an idea that I learned about in health and society. Global health is the idea of health on a global scale, and looking past just health in the United States. We learned about the different healthcare systems across the world, and as this is the setting I want to work in, its relevant to me and my future. This is also relevant to me and what I want to do in occupational therapy because I would like to travel and work as an occupational therapist in underdeveloped countries.
Both of these ideas integrate and connect into my major of pre-occupational therapy because they speak to the populations I want to work with, the settings I want to work in, and concepts that I will need knowledge in to move forward in the field.