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This course is part of the Public Health and Nursing ExpertTrack

Public Health and Nursing: Building a Culture of Health

Build the healthcare leadership, communication, and influencing skills to be a strong leader in community public health promotion.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

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Learn how to build a culture of public health into your nursing practice

On this course, you’ll consider the importance of strategic partnerships and health policy in health promotion and identify how you can advance a culture of public health within your own area of practice.

Learn how public health policy can be used to implement health promotion models

The need for societal transformation to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities, and redefine what it means to be and stay healthy is increasingly being recognised.

On this course, you’ll build skills for becoming a health leader in your role at work and in the community.

You’ll be introduced to a health promotion action model for transforming how society views health, and learn how public policy can be used to guide this transformation and model implementation.

Discover the benefits of using strategic partnerships in health promotion

Partnerships are central to public health improvement. You’ll learn what makes a partnership successful and how to arrange partnerships across a range of organisations and sectors.

You’ll also find out how to promote effective partnerships according to your community’s health priorities and use stakeholder analysis to manage the impact stakeholders may have on the success of your initiative.

Grow your public health leadership skills

This course will help develop your skills for a public health-promoting role where you can effectively lead, implement, and manage change.

You’ll learn how to influence individuals and improve health by leading on new health partnerships and policy.

By the end of the course, you should be confident in your leadership potential and development. As well as advancing your skills in influencing, negotiation, and persuasion, you’ll understand the implication and necessity of these skills for promoting public health.


  • Week 1

    Building a culture of health

    • Welcome to the week

      In this section we introduce you to what we will be looking at this week, and introduce an action model that offers a vision for societal transformation.

    • Policy and health

      In this section we will consider promoting health through policy.

    • Partnership for health

      Partnerships are central to public health promotion. In this section we will explore the benefits of partnerships for health improvement and what makes a partnership successful.

    • Leading for change

      Developing a culture of health is about change in order to improve health and wellbeing.

    • Review of the week

      In this section we review and reflect on the week.

  • Week 2

    Consolidation and review

    • Welcome to the week

      In this section we review what you'll be looking at this week.

    • Moving upstream

      In this section we review some of what you've learned over the program in order to help you focus on the end-of-program assignment.

    • ExpertTrack wrap up

      In this section we review and reflect on the week and the ExpertTrack as a whole.

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Learning on this course

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...

  • Evaluate the concept of health impact assessment as a tool for decision making
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the implications of influence, the nature of power and communication for leading public health and health improvement
  • Assess critically the importance, value and challenges of strategic partnerships in addressing public health priorities
  • Evaluate drivers and restraining forces for managing change for health
  • Evaluate challenges to enhancing the nurses’ public health promoting role

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for experienced nurses who’d like to extend their understanding of how nurses can act as promoters of health.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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About this ExpertTrack

Explore how nurses can assess community health needs, and analyse public health theories to lead public health promotion.

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