Practice

Curriculum Outline

Community Health Nursing Specialty

The specialty in community health nursing is designed to prepare nurses in the care of vulnerable populations and communities by promoting their health and well-being. Improving the health of these populations and communities are addressed through community assessment, program planning and implementation, leadership strategies, health policy development, and program evaluation. Community partnerships and collaborations are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

The community health specialty emphasizes the social and behavioral scientific strategies involved in understanding the causality, consequences, prevention and control of diseases, and high mortality and morbidity in minority populations. Students are educated to identify community health problems through classroom course work, field internships, and research experiences; and by working with communities to assess health needs/problems, plan and implement solutions, monitor and appraise outcomes.  The courses offered in the community health nursing curriculum are presented below:

Community Health Nursing Course Requirements: 45 Credits

Core Courses: 21 credits

Course

Title

Credits

†NURS 5000

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS/PUBH 5117

Research Methods

3

NURS/PUBH 5111

Biostatistics and Computer Applications

3

†NURS  5145

Ethics, Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care

3

NURS/PUBH 5115

Behavioral, Social and Cultural Aspects of Health Disparities

3

NURS 5135

Nursing Informatics

3

†NURS  5146

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

Concentration Specialty Courses: 15 credits

NURS/PUBH 5113

Epidemiology

3

†NURS 5142

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

†NURS  5143

Pharmacotherapeutics

3

†NURS  5144

Advanced Physical Assessment

3

NURS/PUBH 5112

Environmental Health and Safety

3

Practicum or Thesis Options: 6 credits

†NURS  5122

 Field Practicum in Community Health Nursing

3

†NURS  5123

Field Practicum in Community Health Nursing and Capstone Project

3

†NURS  5124

Thesis Option

3

†NURS  5125

Thesis Research and Defense

3

Elective Course Options: 3 credits

NURS/PUBH 5128

Program Design, Planning, and Evaluation

3

NURS/PUBH 5110

Fundamentals of Public Health Practice

3

NURS/PUBH 5141

Application of Geographical Information Systems in Health

3

NURS/PUBH 5120

Principles, Theories  and  Practice in Behavioral Change

3

NURS/PUBH 5114

Principles of Health Policy  and  Management

3

NURS/PUBH 5131

Health Economics  and Financial Management

3

NURS/PUBH 5140

Health Care Information Systems

3

NURS/PUBH 5119

Health Issues in Minority Populations

3

NURS/PUBH 5121

Health Services and Programming in Minority Populations

3

NURS/PUBH 5118

Health Education and Community Advocacy

3

NURS/PUBH 5116

Community Health Risk Assessment

3

 

Total Credits

45

The courses with † sign are newly developed graduate nursing courses. The other courses in the MSN curriculum are existing courses in the MPH program in the College of Health Sciences or existing courses in the educational leadership doctoral program in the College of Education. The existing MPH courses reflected in the MSN curriculum are cross-listed with the MPH (PUBH) courses and bear the same equivalent NURS codes.

Nursing Administration Specialty

The nursing administration specialty curriculum was designed to prepare nurses who will assume leadership roles in the health care system of the 21st century with effectiveness and innovation.  The curriculum blends advance nursing practice with an understanding of organization behavior, management, leadership, complex systems theory, quality control, healthcare law and fiscal oversight. The students have the opportunity to broaden their scope outside of nursing into other vital areas of patient care. The graduates of the program are qualified to assume leadership roles such as: systems administrator, chief executive officer, chief operating officer, executive director, departmental director or divisional director. The following courses are offered in the nursing administration curriculum:

Nursing Administration Course Requirements: 45 Credits

Core Courses: 21 credits

Course Title

Credits

†NURS  5000

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS/PUBH 5117

Research Methods

3

NURS/PUBH 5111

Biostatistics and Computer Applications

3

†NURS  5145

Ethics, Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care

3

NURS/PUBH 5115

Behavioral, Social and Cultural Aspects of Health Disparities

3

NURS 5135

Nursing Informatics

3

†NURS 5146

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

Concentration Specialty Courses: 15 credits

†NURS  5127

Executive Leadership and Administration in Health Care

3

NURS/PUBH 5139

Health Economics and Financial Management

3

NURS/PUBH 5129

Entrepreneurship in Health Care Delivery

3

NURS/PUBH 5140

Health Care Information Systems

3

NURS/PUBH 5128

Program Design, Planning, and Evaluation

3

Practicum or Thesis Options: 6 credits

†NURS 5122

 Field Practicum in Nursing Administration

3

†NURS  5123

Field Practicum in Nursing  Administration and Capstone Project

3

†NURS  5124

Thesis Option

3

†NURS  5125

Thesis Research and Defense

3

Elective Course Options: 3 credits

 

NURS/PUBH 5141

Application of Geographical Information Systems in Health

3

NURS/PUBH 5120

Principles, Theories and Practice in Behavioral Change

3

NURS/PUBH 5134

Global Health

3

NURS/PUBH 5133

Public Health Aspect of Aging

3

NURS/PUBH 5118

Health Education and Community Advocacy

3

NURS/PUBH 5119

Health Issues in Minority Populations

3

NURS/PUBH 5121

Health Services and Programming in Minority Populations

3

NURS/PUBH 5132

HIV/AIDS in People of Color: Evidence-based Practice

3

 

Total Credits

45

Nursing Education Specialty

The specialty in nursing education prepare graduates to work as a nurse educator in bachelor and associate nursing programs, healthcare staff development, continuing education programs, or community education programs. Through the specific coursework, the students learn how to create curricula as well as plan, revise, implement and evaluate programs. Students develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching/learning strategies, and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on tailoring content and presentation to meet the learner’s need. Practicum experiences take place in a variety of academic and practice settings. The courses in the nursing education curriculum are presented below:

Nursing Education Course Requirements: 45 Credits

Core Courses: 21 credits

Course

Title

Credits

†NURS  5000

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS/PUBH 5117

Research Methods

3

NURS/PUBH 5111

Biostatistics and Computer Applications

3

†NURS  5145

Ethics, Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care

3

NURS/PUBH 5115

Behavioral, Social and Cultural Aspects of Health Disparities

3

NURS 5135

Nursing Informatics

3

†NURS 5146

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

Concentration Specialty Courses: 15 credits

†NURS  5142

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

†NURS  5143

Pharmacotherapeutics

3

†NURS 5144

Advanced Physical Assessment

3

ELCF 5010

Curriculum Development  and  Learning Theories

3

ELCF5930

Higher Education Administration and Evaluation

3

Practicum or Thesis Options: 6 credits

†NURS  5122

 Field Practicum in Nursing Education

3

†NURS  5123

Field Practicum in Nursing Education and Capstone Project

3

†NURS  5124

Thesis Option

3

†NURS  5125

Thesis Research and Defense

3

Elective Course Options: 3 credits

ED 5312

Teaching With Technology

3

NURS/PUBH 5140

Health Care Information Systems

3

NURS/PUBH 5141

Application of Geographical Information Systems in Health

3

NURS/PUBH 5120

Principles,Theories and Practice in Behavioral Change

3

NURS/PUBH 5118

Health Education and Community Advocacy

3

NURS/PUBH 5119

Health Issues in Minority Populations

3

NURS/PUBH 5121

Health Services and Programming in Minority Populations

3

NURS/PUBH 5128

Program Design, Planning, and Evaluation

3

 

Total  Credits

45