NUR 320: Population Health

Course Description

This course explores population focused nursing to enhance individual, family and community well-being by analyzing and incorporating social and cultural characteristics that impact health. Topics include social determinants of health, epidemiology, environmental health and public health science. The practicum provides the opportunity to support health promotion efforts for a selected population.

(4 credits - 3 credits Classroom, 1 credit Practicum)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:

  1. Detail the current forces contributing to the decline in quality, increasing fragmentation and rising costs of healthcare in United States.
  2. Discuss the political, economic, environmental and cultural factors impacting health and healthcare incorporating a global nursing perspective.
  3. Identify the Triple Aim and the impact on nursing care across the continuum of care.
  4. Describe the components of the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Framework.
  5. Compare and contrast population health and population health management.
  6. Identify population health nursing roles.
  7. Apply county health rankings and other relevant data sources to identify major health issues in county of residence.
  8. Describe how cultural diversity, ethnic, spiritual, and socioeconomic backgrounds function as sources of patient, family, and community values.
  9. Incorporate the appropriate tools needed to promote learning and behavior change that enhance health and meet social and emotional needs.
  10. Develop individualized learning objectives for a community- based practicum (practicum).
  11. Negotiate appropriate practicum site to accomplish individualized learning objectives (practicum)
  12. Describe the perspectives and the contributions of the interprofessional team within the community service organization (practicum).
  13. Describe the workforce diversity, health disparities, and social determinants of health that are being addressed with the community service organization practicum site (practicum).

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

40%

Project Tracking Journal Development (Week 1)

Pass/Fail

Windshield Assessment (Week 2)

10%

Using Evidence to Design an Intervention (Week 3)

10%

Intervention Action Plan (Week 4)

10%

Semester Paper: Health Intervention (Week 8)

20%

Final Presentation: Poster or PowerPoint (Week 8)

Pass/Fail

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Nash, D. B., Fabius, R. J., Skoufalos, A., Clarke, J. L., & Horowitz, M. R. (2016). Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN- 10: 128404792X or ISBN-13: 978-1284047929

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,3,4,5,9

Topics: An Introduction to Population Health and the Spectrum of Care

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 1 & 2
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Select Population of Interest
  • Set up Practicum Journal

2

7,12

Topic: Public Health

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Preface
    • Review Chapters 1 & 2 relative to Public Health
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Windshield Assessment
  • Continue documenting the practicum in the Practicum Journal

3

7,9

Topics: Population Health Measurement: Finding the Evidence

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 12 & 13
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue Practicum Journal documentation

4

6,10,12

Topics: Population Health Education and Interprofessional Collaboration

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 4
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue Practicum Journal documentation

5

8,9

Topics: Population Health: Behavior Change and Patient Engagement

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 6 & 7
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue Practicum Journal documentation
  • Health Intervention Action Plan

6

2

Topic:  Policy Implications for Population Health: The Political Landscape

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapters 3 & 5
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue Practicum Journal documentation

7

3

Topic: Coming full circle: Population Health in Action

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 14
    • Assigned supplemental readings
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue Practicum Journal documentation

8

13

Topic: Dissemination

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue Practicum Journal documentation

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