Online course in Health & Psychology

Could You Be the Next Florence Nightingale?

Explore important aspects of public health and the role of modern nursing within it.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 6 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $69 Find out more
This course is part of the program Nursing and Public Health, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Explore the responsibility of a nurse in public health

Some consider Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. Within the scientific community she is credited for initiating nursing training and education programmes, but rarely acknowledged as a social reformer and public health campaigner.

Arguably, public health and the promotion of health and well-being is now at the centre of national and global agendas. This course reflects on the value of nurses as promoters of health.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Going upstream

  • Determinants of health
  • Changing practice
  • The future of public health

Week 2 – Health promotion in practice

  • The nurse as a promoter of health
  • The nurse as a health promoter

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Evaluate the role of the nurse within public health
  • Explore the globalisation of public health needs
  • Reflect on the value of nurses as promoters of health

Who is the course for?

If you are an experienced nurse wanting or needing to extend the value of nurses as promoters of health, this course is for you.

Who will you learn with?

Pauline Lilley

Pauline Lilley

I am a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Coventry University, where I teach public health, and a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. I have an interest in child and family health and wellbeing.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Available until 31 October 2019. T&Cs apply.

Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Nursing and Public Health, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing.

This program will encourage you to think critically about the improvement of population health and wellbeing and the role of nursing in public health.