Metropolitan State University

NURS 456 : Community Health Nursing

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
This course focuses on the origins and trends in community and public health nursing, conceptual models for practice, and contemporary health problems and issues. Case studies of clients/aggregates in multicultural settings in the community are the basis for discussion of systems theory, public health nursing, and population-based practice. Unconditional acceptance of culturally, ethnically and socio-economically diverse clients enhances the development of students' nursing care. Students work collaboratively in small groups to assess and diagnose the health needs of an actual community. Students must register concurrently for a practicum session.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/16/2017 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Analyze contemporary public health problems, including their scope, impact and possible solutions.
  2. Analyze interactions between economic, social and physical environments; population health; and public health services, including community health nursing.
  3. Analyze the origins, scope and focus of community and public health nursing.
  4. Apply knowledge, theories and conceptual models┬┐including systems theory, epidemiology and levels of prevention, public health nursing levels of practice and interventions┬┐to community and public health nursing practice.
  5. Prepare, as a member of a team, a community health assessment of an assigned geographical area or population aggregate giving particular emphasis to the health determinants of social, economic, and physical environments.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Community Engagement
Note: First day class is mandatory.