Healthy Communities: Theory And Practice – nur405 (4 credits)

This course will examine the role of nursing in community health and create conditions that promote healthy living. Theories of community health and nursing practice will be explored though concepts of health promotion and preventative care of individuals, families, and communities. Students will complete 50 clinical hours.

This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Disease Prevention

  • Develop an educational tool to promote health, reduce risk, and prevent disease.
  • Design a health education plan to promote the health of a family and a community.
  • Analyze individual, community, and environmental issues that impact health.

Delivery of Community and Public Health Care

  • Identify issues in the delivery of community and public health care.
  • Examine evidence-based research that may mitigate issues in delivery of community and public health care.

Health Care Delivery

  • Explain the impact of national health care reform on direct service delivery in the community and public health setting.

Future Issues and Trends in Community and Public Health

  • Identify future trends in community and public health nursing.

Role of the Nurse in Community and Public Health

  • Identify nursing roles and functions in community and public health.
  • Differentiate among community, community health, community as client, and partnerships.
  • Describe the evolution of community and public health nursing.
  • Clinical: Assess the health needs of a family.
  • Clinical: Propose how a community might address the health needs of its local residents.
  • Clinical: Develop health education materials based on the needs of a family and its community.
  • Clinical: Assess a community's health provision resources.

Composition of Communities

  • Explain the impact of community partnerships on the health of a community.
  • Describe the importance of cultural diversity in community and public health nursing.
  • Explain epidemiology as it relates to community and public health.
  • Develop interventions for families in communities using Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHI).

Community and Public Health

  • Identify resources for community and public health needs based on community assessment findings.
  • Evaluate how health is affected by family structure and roles.
  • Describe how Watson’s theory of human caring guides community nursing actions.

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