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NURS502 - Population-Based Healthcare

Course Details

Course Code: NURS502 Course ID: 4789 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines how population-based theories and practice inform community/public nursing practice. An emphasis is placed on the ecology of health and the interconnectedness of the biological, behavioral, physical, and socio environmental domains. Students will analyze root causes of health disparities including cultural, political, social, racial, class, gender and economic factors and examine the role of social justice to improving population health. Strategies for collaboration and advocacy with diverse population and groups will be explored.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

LO1: Examine the role of the masters prepared nurse, in determining the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations.

LO2: Compare and contrast population health, public health, and community health.

LO3: Interpret the impact of social and economic variations on the health of populations.

LO4: Apply the nursing process to population health in local, national and global communities.

LO5: Design culturally responsive programs to deliver health promotion and wellness information to populations and aggregates.


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Forum Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Initiate your peer response in each forum by 11:55 pm, ET, Friday
  • Complete a minimum of 2 peer responses in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum. Reponses to peers should include such elements as: thought-provoking questions, additional supporting information, and unique or contrasting point of view. All peer responses should demonstrate critical thinking and should include appropriate citations.
  • Forums should be written in a scholarly manner, and should include APA formatted citations and references as appropriate for the topic.
  • All forum questions and responses can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forums posted after the week has ended (i.e. after Sunday), will receive no points. The discussion is over and you will not receive credit for participation.

Required Course 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.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Additional Required Readings:

Calzone, K.A., Cashion, A., Feetham, S., Jenkins, J., Prows, C.A., Williams, J.K., & Wung, S. (2010). Nurses transforming health care using genetics and genomics. Nursing Outlook, 58. 26-35.

Lea, D. H., Skirton, H.,Read, C.Y., Williams, J. K. (2011). Implications for educating the next generation of nurses on genetics and genomics in the 21st century. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 43(1) 3–12 countid=8289

Hunt, M. G. & Swedberg, C. (2015). Coordinating care: Transforming the delivery process (chapter 8), as found in Clinical integration: Accountable care and population health (3rd ed.), Virginia Beach, VA: Convurgent Publishing

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires the use of APA format and style, and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Author:David B. Nash, Alexis Skoufalos, Raymond J. Fabius, and Willie H. Oglesby

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.