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Graduate Nursing: Population-Based Hlth for APN

GRNS 400 OL1 (CRN: 61426)

3 Credit Hours

About GRNS 400 OL1

The role of advanced practitioners in the care of populations with an emphasis on the U. S. health care system. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.


Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; Matriculated GRNS students only; Cross listed with PH 318 OL1

Section Description

Descriptive and chronic disease epidemiology, health determinants, and community resources will be utilized to develop strategies and interprofessional skills to improve individual and population health. This course will use population health as a context to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the impact of chronic conditions and social determinants on health, linking care of individual patients and populations. The impact of health care professionals’ culturally responsive health care on the delivery of quality healthcare services will also be explored. Students in population-based health care settings, such as patient-centered medical homes, need to identify the context and characteristics of patients, as well as the social determinants of health that impacts health outcomes and modifiable risk behaviors through epidemiology. Interprofessional skills and solutions for health issues experienced by select populations with chronic conditions, will be highlighted and community resources identified as the students explore options for improving population health. The goal is to improve care provided to individual patients and patient populations by broadening knowledge and skills in population health sciences. These skills will benefit health care and public health professionals. It is envisioned that skills developed from the course will enhance interprofessional collaboration and care. Textbook: 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.

Section Expectation

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place. 2. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology. 3. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences. 4. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. 5. Identify the most prevalent chronic conditions and modifiable risk factors in selected populations. 6. Define the natural history of these chronic conditions and modifiable risk factors in selected populations. 7. Identify evidence-based clinical preventive services for selected populations . 8. Discuss the role of social and behavioral factors, including socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, and other population-level determinants of health on the health status and health care of individuals and populations. 9. Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions, as they relate to clinical settings in health care. 10. Differentiate among availability, acceptability, and accessibility of health care across diverse populations. 11. Identify community assets and resources to improve the health of individuals and populations. 12. Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions in clinical settings. 13. Use the knowledge of one's own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of patients and populations served. 14. Collaborate with individuals in other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values. Description/Objectives updated/approved Graduate Education Committee 5/2014


Tentative: Course Assignments/Evaluation Methods Discussion board postings/Responses to classmates Improving Health in Patients and Populations project Feedback to 2 classmates posting of each Part of the Improving Health in Patients and Populations project. Optional assignment: Website analysis




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