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This course is part of the Public Health and Nursing ExpertTrack

Public Health and Nursing: Healing the Community

Promote long term health and wellbeing in the community and understand the role of community development in health promotion.

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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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Discover community-centred approaches to promoting health and wellbeing

This course will teach you why and how to adopt a community development or centred approach to promoting public health within your healthcare role and are of practice.

You’ll learn how community empowerment can engage people in public health, and be introduced to effective health promotion approaches and models.

Learn how to prioritise public health needs in your community

By working with and in the community, nurses experience first hand the importance of community empowerment for improving general health and wellbeing.

On this course, you’ll learn how a range of health information can help us to identify and assess priorities for action, and how to analyse and identify which health needs should have priority in your community.

Discover key health promotion strategies for effective community health promotion

Once you’ve set health priorities, it’s vital to engage your community in these values. This course will introduce you to tried and tested health promotion models and strategies for engaging not just the individual, but the community as a whole.

You’ll enhance your knowledge of health promotion in the community, and learn practical ways of encouraging community participation in public health.

Apply Beattie’s model of health promotion and improve long term health in the community

On the second week of the course, you’ll study the lower-right paradigm in Beattie’s health promotion model, ‘community development’.

You’ll also be introduced to the variety of skills needed for community empowerment, participation, and development.

Alongside learning health promotion activities and interventions to set up in the community, you’ll acquire the specialised skills and knowledge required to improve the health and wellbeing of your community now and in the future.


  • Week 1

    Healing the community

    • Getting started

      Over the next two weeks we will explore different types of health promotion and their aims, methods and values. This week our focus will be on health promotion directed at individuals.

    • Approaches to promoting health

      Identifying which health needs should have priority is an important step in the heath needs assessment process. We revisit Placeville to explore how we could analyse data to identify health priorities for health improvement.

    • Health priorities for action

      In this section we revisit Placeville in order to further explore how a range of health information can help us to identify and assess priorities for action.

    • Thinking about individual health related behaviour change

      In this section we look at some frameworks to help us think about some of the difficulties of changing health related behaviour and how this can be facilitated.

    • Summary

      In this section we review and reflect on our learning for the week.

  • Week 2

    Involving the community

    • Getting started

      In this section we introduce what will be covered over the week, and return to Beattie's model of health promotion.

    • Involving the community

      There are different ways to work for health improvement, as we saw last week. In this section we look at community development – an approach to health promotion that involves engaging with the community, rather than individuals.

    • Developing the community

      In this section we will explore concepts of community development.

    • Summary of the week

      In this section we review and reflect on learning this week.

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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...

  • 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?

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

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