Course Descriptions

The descriptions of the courses to be offered in the MSN program are presented below:

NURS 5000: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

This course analyzes the history and philosophy of science as a basis for knowledge and academic scholarship in nursing and health care.  Through seminar discussions, the course focuses on the philosophical perspectives of contemporary nursing and the history of nursing theory development.  Learners explore the potentials for the future of nursing by examining and critiquing nursing theory, research, and practice through differing philosophical and ethical perspectives.

NURS 5135: Nursing Informatics

This course is an introduction to health informatics and it involves a broad coverage of technology concepts underlying general computing and information management as it is applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery.  Topics include computer networks, communications protocols, data architecture, Internet, basic computer security, database management, graphical user interfaces, client/server systems and enterprise applications. This course cannot be taken for credit by students who are health information managers.

NURS/PUBH 5140: Health Care Information Systems

This course provides information on the fundamentals of thehealth care information system and how data are transformed into information and then again transformed into knowledge through integrated computer systems. The goal of this course is to prepare the students to be effective collaborators with the members ofthe health care team who have specialized healthcare skills, but are lacking in technical insights.

NURS/PUBH 5141: Application of Geographical Information Systems in Health

This course provides information on how to integrate geographic information system design principles into the many application areas found in the health care system. The goal of this course is to help students develop the skills needed to identify problems and develop solutions using mapping software to present findings graphically.

NURS 5142: Advanced Pathophysiology

This course will examine the principles of physiologic function at all levels of organization from cell to organ systems as they affect human function.  The course will use homeostasis as a model to account for regulatory and compensatory functions in health.  Students will develop the necessary theoretical and empirical foundation for subsequent understanding of the diagnosis and management of human responses to disease and non disease-based etiologies.

NURS 5143:  Pharmacotherapeutics

This course covers both pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. It covers principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, adverse drug reactions, and special population’s considerations, in addition to the regulations relevant to prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses. Consideration of current health status, ethnic/racial backgrounds, socioeconomic status, cultural/spiritual implications, gender, and changes which occur across the lifespan are addressed. 

NURS 5144: Advanced Physical Assessment

This course constructs differential diagnoses as a basis for logical diagnostic reasoning for health maintenance, disease prevention and early detection.  Content builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills of advanced physiology and pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and the domains and competencies common to the advanced practice roles.

NURS 5145:  Ethics, Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care

This course focuses on ethical and legal issues in research and health care, quality cost effective care, design and implementation of care in a variety of health care systems, and the executive leadership role of a nurse in managing human, fiscal, and physical health care  resources. The course will also present how health policy is formulated, how to affect this process and how it impacts clinical practice and health care delivery.

NURS 5146: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This course emphasizes the promotion of health, prevention of illness and identification of environmental factors that impact health status, promotion of healthy lifestyle, self care, and holism, risk reduction, maximizing quality of life and maintenance of function across the health-illness continuum with clients: the individual, family, or community.

NURS 5147: Executive Leadership and Administration in Health Care

This course covers the theories and principles of leadership/management; analysis and synthesis of the relationship of leadership/management to the health care delivery system, evidence-based practice, future trends and professional education.

NURS 5122 & 5123: Field Practicum in Community Health Nursing I and II

The practicum course provides an integral part of professional education that complements and supports the learning process in the classroom. The experience provides the student with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a variety of fieldwork situations and to test new approaches and techniques in solving problems. The practicum is a meaningful learning experience that contributes positively to the student’s professional development and nursing practice. A faculty member will coordinate the fieldwork experience in collaboration with the site preceptors. A minimum of 500 hours is required.

NURS 5124 & 5125: Thesis Proposal and Research and Defense

This course allows the students to participate in an independent research project under the supervision of a research mentor. The project will focus on individual and community health interests and problems through application of literature search, definition of the problem, use of theoretical and conceptual framework, methodology for data collection, analysis, findings, discussion implications and conclusion.

NURS/PUBH 5110:  Fundamentals of Public Health Practice

This course provides an overview of the historical perspectives, content, scope, processes and progress of public health practice in the United States over the past 150 years in relation to current and future health needs. The core functions of public health, intervention programs and services, unique features of public health, levels of prevention and the roles of governments (local, state, federal) in public health practice are explored.

NURS/PUBH 5111: Biostatistics and Computer Applications

This course covers both parametric and non-parametric statistics; t-test for independent means and t-test for non-independent means, the use of Chi-Square statistics tests, regression statistics, the analysis of variance (ANOVA), and the use of the arithmetic and geometric prediction involving population data. Epi-info and SPSS software will be used to analyze relatively large population data.

NURS/PUBH 5112: Environmental Health and Safety

This course covers the relationship between environmental exposures and diseases. Air pollution control, water pollution control, occupational health and safety, food safety, hazardous and solid waste management issues are discussed. The role of regulatory agencies, individuals and community groups in the management of environmental hazards and toxins is explored.

NURS/PUBH 5113: Epidemiology

This course focuses on the principles and methods of epidemiology. Students are exposed to techniques for interpreting epidemiological data and the approaches used for infectious and non-infectious diseases.  Attention is given to the applications of quantitative analysis of genomic epidemiological data, clinical data and the prediction of demographic data and methods for the evaluation of health services.

NURS/PUBH 5114: Principles of Health and Policy Management

The course examines marketing as a management tool by the application of marketing concepts to health care: the marketing process, marketing resources and strategies for accomplishing marketing objectives, health care personnel policies and programs, human resources requirements, recruitment, development, performance appraisal, salary and wage administration, and management/labor relations in the health industry.

NURS/PUBH 5115: Behavioral, Social and Cultural Aspects of Health Disparities

This course examines the behavioral, cultural and social contexts of health disparities, their consequences, and implications for the health of minority populations. It discusses the history of health disparities, inequity in health care; and the role of cultural competence and government efforts at reducing health disparities.

NURS/PUBH 5116: Community Health Risk Assessment

This course is an advanced study which will explore the principles and practice of conducting community-based assessment of risk factors for poor health and health outcomes. It includes the discussion of individual, group, and contextual factors that contribute to poor health and outcomes and how to measure them. Collaboration among local and state public health departments, voluntary health agencies, and other community organizations is emphasized.

NURS/PUBH 5117: Research Methods

This course covers the principles and strategies of scientific research in the health professions; fundamentals of defining a research problem, designing a study, measuring variables, selecting a sample, and analyzing data. Emphasis is placed on developing skills needed for analyzing research and assessment of health behaviors, and the selection of health problems and the design of research proposals for individual student research projects.  

NURS/PUBH 5118: Health Education and Community Advocacy

This interdisciplinary course introduces the students to the ways behavioral change theories can be applied and translated into specific community health education advocacy and policy-level interventions. Readings and discussions center on the development of theory-based strategies with emphasis on issues of control, participation, efficacy and empowerment. Principles of citizen participation, empowerment, coalition and partnership effectiveness as well as social marketing strategies are emphasized.

NURS/PUBH 5119: Health Issues in Minority Populations

This course examines the patho-physiological differences among racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States with an emphasis on the diseases and illnesses in which racial and ethnic minorities have the highest morbidity and mortality burden. It discusses individual and community practices that contribute to the higher burden of disease, and community-based approaches to reduce the burden. 

NURS/PUBH 5120:  Principles, Theories and Practice in Behavioral Change

This course provides the fundamental concepts in social science theories and perspectives that comprise the foundation of health education theory and behavior change. It provides competencies for developing a conceptual framework for understanding, predicting, and facilitating behavior change. Students will develop a proposal to implement, and evaluate a behavior intervention.

NURS/PUBH 5121: Health Services and Programming in Minority Populations

This course examines the research on the unique needs and challenges in developing health promotion and education programs for minority populations. Students will analyze the effectiveness of services and programs as a means to design culturally and linguistically appropriate programming.

NURS/PUBH 5127:  Management of Health Care Organization

This course explores organizational structures, roles and service delivery of healthcare organizations such as for-profits, non-profits (community based organizations), hospitals, long term facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies and the public sector (public insurance, government public health sectors). Students will also learn enhanced leadership skills and problem solving techniques needed for successful management of diverse healthcare settings and organizations.

NURS/PUBH 5128: Program Design, Planning, and Evaluation

This course provides the theoretical foundations of program planning and evaluation (including needs assessment, program monitoring, and outcome evaluation), and their applications in public health. Students will design a program plan comprising goals, objectives, implementation, and evaluation.

NURS/PUBH 5129:  Entrepreneurship in Healthcare Delivery

This course evaluates opportunities and threats to entrepreneurial endeavors in the health care industry. It explores strategies and designs for health care business development, marketing and financing.

NURS/PUBH 5131:  Health Economics and Financial Management

This course presents economic analysis and the use of managerial economics to study the health care system: demand for medical services; role of health insurance; productivity and cost measurement; labor markets and competition; principles, models and practical methods for the economic evaluation of health care services, the finance of health care and recent developments in financial management of health care organizations; applications of financial management techniques to specific problems facing health care managers, budgeting, cost behavior and forecasting, revenue and expense analysis; and strategic planning in health care agencies will be discussed.

NURS/PUBH 5132: HIV/AIDS in People of Color: Evidence-based Interventions

This course examines the racial and ethnic disparities in rates of transmission, incidence, prevalence and mortality related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic at the local, national and global levels. Emphasis is placed on the unique and complex dynamics of the epidemic among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and evidence-based interventions including diffusion of effective behavioral interventions to address HIV risk behaviors. It also discusses biomedical and environmental determinants of HIV infection, and public policy challenges and barriers to HIV prevention among communities of color.

NURS/PUBH 5133: Public Health Aspect of Aging

This course examines the social, psychological, and physiological changes that occur with increasing age. Using a multidisciplinary approach, it discusses public health approaches to meeting the needs of older people and the public and private policies that affect older people and their families.

NURS/PUBH 5134: Global Health

This course will explore the historical evolution of global health. Health and economic implications of globalization will be explored from epidemiological perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon understanding of the problems of planning and managing WHO primary health care programs, particularly among people in developing nations where there are relatively high rates of infant mortality, protein energy malnutrition, financial constraints and weak public health infrastructures.

ELCF 5010: Curriculum Development and Learning Theories

This course analyzes the historical/philosophical elements, which have influenced curriculum design. The social, cultural and psychological factors that affect the academic performance of students, as related to theories associated with curriculum development and the teaching/learning process are explored. Various methods for evaluating effective curricula are also examined.

ELCF 5930: Higher Education Administration and Evaluation

This course provides in-depth analysis of administrative behavior as it applies to the decision-making process.  Functions associated with recruitment; student policy; the community; and program/institutional evaluation are included.

ED 5312: Teaching with Technology

This course provides the overview of the use of the microcomputer, digital camera, scanner, Smart Board, and other technologies in education.  Focus will be hands-on experiences with teacher support software and educational software for students using the Windows operating system.