Online | 8 weeks | 3 Credit Hours
Explore social and biological determinants of health, including the environment, socioeconomics, and genetics using a systems-based approach. You'll gauge the effectiveness of federal, state, and local health care systems in the U.S., and learn how our health is affected by our surroundings, resources, and our access to health care.
You'll evaluate the ways our living and working environment affects us and our community's health. Through an ecological systems model, you'll understand how environment impacts human health and the factors that put vulnerable populations at risk.
Gain a better understanding of health issues within communities by participating in a 42-hour practice experience in a community setting of your choice. Through this practice experience, you'll witness firsthand the influences of environment, genetics, culture, economics, and access to care.
You'll see how the Healthy People (healthypeople.gov) framework can address major health problems of specific populations at risk in the community.
Apply your knowledge of theory to evaluate systems that make families and communities function more or less effectively. Community Health Nurses (CHNs) need to collaborate with other health professionals and community partners to understand the strengths and challenges unique to each vulnerable population.
You'll gain insight into developing communication, collaboration, and advocacy skills to improve community and population health.
You'll consider both our culturally pluralistic society with its array of values and vulnerable populations—especially at-risk groups within our communities that are prone to poorer health outcomes. Through your clinical practice experience, you'll explore health promotion and risk reduction services to target health needs of an identified vulnerable population within your specific local community.
One of the most important roles of a CHN is to promote healthy behaviors. Health promotion and the prevention of illness and injury make up the underlying goals of public health.