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Managing Population Health
NURS-503

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on health behaviors of diverse populations and critical analysis of various theories of health promotion and clinical prevention. Health behaviors of different cultures and age groups are addressed, relevant nursing research on health promotion and clinical prevention are discussed, and new areas for nursing research are identified. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and environmental factors that impact health status. The importance of providing appropriate, individualized health care that is sensitive to the ethnic, racial, gender and age differences within and across diverse populations is stressed and the role of the advanced practice nurse is emphasized.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Personal lifestyles are known to have an impact on health status, and nurses can use their influence to change behaviors. The complex health care environment has created the need for individuals, health professionals, communities, government, and society to adopt health promotion and prevention strategies. Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the area of assessment, planning implementation, and evaluation are required to accomplish positive health promotion outcomes for families and communities.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze models of health promotion.
  2. Develop a health promotion program outline based on population health needs.
  3. Develop an initial plan for evaluating a health promotion program.
  4. Incorporate the biblical worldview into health planning.
  5. Examine considerations in addressing population health needs.
  6. Apply principles of health promotion and population health to a specific population.
  7. Examine quality and safety issues in planning for population health.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Nash, D., Fabius, R., Skoufalos, A., Clarke, J., & Horowitz, M. (2016). Population health: Creating a culture of wellness – with Access. (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 9781284047929.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and videos

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

There will be 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. Each thread and each reply must be supported with at least 2 citations in current APA format.

Healthy People 2020: Health Indicator Case Study

The student will review a case study and answer associated questions in current APA format.  The case study responses must  include 3–5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Behavioral Economics PowerPoint

The student will write a 10-15 slide PowerPoint in current APA format that focuses on supports and barriers for successful behavior change. The PowerPoint must include 3–5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Healthcare Quality and Safety Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page paper that discusses the tenets of healthcare quality and safety in current APA format. The paper must include at least 3–5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Population Health Intervention Project

Outline

The student will write a 2–3-page alphanumeric or full-sentence outline that focuses on the elements of a health indicator intervention in current APA format. The outline must include at least 3–5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will write an annotated bibliography of 8–10 sources selected for the Population Health Intervention Final Paper in current APA format.

Final Paper

The student will write a 10–15-page paper in current APA format that focuses on the essential elements of a health intervention. The paper must include 8–10 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 75 pts ea)

150

Healthy People 2020: Health Indicator Overview Case Study

150

Behavioral Economics PowerPoint

150

Healthcare Quality and Safety Paper

175

Population Health Intervention Project

 

             Outline

75

              Annotated Bibliography

75

              Final Paper

225

Total

1010

Course Policies

MSN Policies

Refer to MSN Handbook.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

NURS 503

Textbook:    Nash et al., Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Nash et al.: chs. 1–2

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

75

2

Nash et al.: chs. 3–5

1 website

Healthy People 2020: Health Indicator Overview Case Study

 

150

3

Nash et al.: chs. 6–9

Behavioral Economics PowerPoint

150

4

Nash et al.: ch. 13

1 website

PHIP: Outline

75

5

Nash et al.: chs. 10-12 & 14

5 websites

Healthcare Quality and Safety Paper

175

6

Nash et al.: chs. 15-16

2 websites

PHIP: Annotated Bibliography

75

7

Nash et al.: ch. 18-19

PHIP: Final Paper

225

8

Nash et al.: ch. 20

1 website

DB Forum 2

75

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

PHIP = Population Health Intervention Project

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.