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NursingCourseDescription

 

Community and Public Health
Nursing Specialty Track
Course Descriptions

 

NU 900: Individual Assessment (1 credit)
Bridge Program students only
The RN with a B.S .or B.A. degree in a discipline other than nursing identifies individual learning outcomes in their Master's program of study. 

NU 901: Community Health and Health Policy (3 credits)
Bridge Program students only
This course analyzes the development of policy and its impact on the health of populations. Students apply epidemiology and public health science to population-based nursing practice.

NU 902: Transition to Advanced Nursing (3 credits)
Bridge Program students only
Designed for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in areas other than nursing, provides a common knowledge base including the community perspective as a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The realities of modern nursing practice are examined.

NU 910 Professional Role Development (3 credits)
The role of the advanced public health nurse is analyzed in terms of professional scope of practice, standards of practice and components of the role. This course provides a framework for advanced nursing practice.

NU 920 Conceptual Foundations in Nursing (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the philosophical basis of theory development and application. Students are introduced to the levels of theory building, concept formation and the elements of a model while considering the values and goals of nursing actions.

NU 925 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
Students build upon previous learning of research design, methods and process. The critical relationship of research to nursing as a science, as well as its development as a professional discipline is emphasized.

NU 930 Social Policy and the Economics of the Health Care Delivery System (3 credits)
Provides the student with the knowledge necessary to comprehend the political, economic and social elements that affect health and health services. The student develops an understanding of the regulatory environment and its impact on the delivery of nursing care.

NU 936 Epidemiology  (3 credits)
Evaluation of epidemiological principles and techniques of investigation; measures of incidence and prevalence applied to health risk, morbidity and mortality in specific populations.

NU 941 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
Program Planning and Evaluation is an interdisciplinary course to facilitate student learning in the design, development and monitoring of multi-level strategies that promote movement toward optimal health and social justice for diverse ethnic populations and communities.

NU 946 Biostatistics (3 credits)
This course links statistical methods to epidemiology and ultimately, to practice issues in diverse cultural populations and communities. Students draw upon knowledge acquired from the physical science to interpret and summarize statistical data in meaningful ways.

NU 951 Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits)
Provides the student with the necessary skills to integrate appropriate business, economic, financial, leadership and management concepts into effective strategies to effect change in community/public health agencies and healthcare organizations.

NU 961 Nursing Science I: Community/Public Health Leadership Theory and Practicum I (9 credits)
Concentrates on community/populations as the community health graduate student focuses on the diagnostic phases of care. The student synthesizes previous knowledge and theory to assess and monitor the health status of communities in health departments, neighborhoods, parishes or individual settings.

NU 966 Nursing Science II: Community/Public Health Leadership Theory and Practicum II (9 credits)
This course provides the community health graduate nursing student with the opportunity to evaluate the various processes which are utilized to achieve optimal population and community health. Selected clinical practices encourage the student to utilize theory, research and information technology to manage and evaluate program effectiveness.

Course descriptions for all undergraduate courses may be found in the Worcester State University undergraduate catalog.

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