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Healing the Community

This course explores community centred approaches to improving health and wellbeing.

Healing the Community
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

By working with, and in, community, nurses are responding to the importance of community to the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations both locally and nationally. The course will help you to consider adopting a community development or centred approach to promoting public health within your work role and area of practice.

What topics will you cover?

  • Health promotion approaches and models
  • Prioritising health needs
  • Community empowerment
  • Participation
  • Social capital
  • Asset based community development
  • Engaging with the community

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Assess the different levels and approaches through which health may be promoted
  • Explain and critically review different models of health promotion in relation to your own work
  • Discuss critically the conflicts of value that may arise when promoting health
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the decision making process when prioritising health needs
  • Evaluate concepts of community empowerment, participation and social capital and asset based community development

Who is the course for?

If you are an experienced nurse wanting or needing to extend and develop your public health knowledge and skills, this course is for you.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A senior nurse specialising in the care of patients with renal and urological disorders. 20 years experience in education, including in South Africa. MSc Nursing Course Director online and on campus.

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 University

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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