Online ExpertTrack in Healthcare & Medicine

Public Health and Nursing

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

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Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Analyse the values, theory, concepts, and principles of public and global health

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented demands are being placed on public healthcare systems, at both a national and a local level – with community health in the spotlight as never before.

On this ExpertTrack, you’ll comprehensively explore how nurses can contribute to positive public health promotion and reform, inspired by the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale.

Learning from healthcare experts at Coventry University, you’ll consider how nurses can improve the health of communities, and discover the strategies and techniques you need to help you improve public health in your region.

Explore the role of nurses in public health promotion

You’ll examine what it means to ‘be healthy’, defining what good public health looks like now, and what it might look like in the future.

From there, you’ll explore how nurses can ethically contribute to health promotion – empowering people to have the personal agency to improve their own health.

Discover why financial health inequalities persist

Looking at the social factors behind poor public health, you’ll explore the causes of growing health inequalities in society.

You’ll identify what wellbeing means in practise, and study the social model of health to understand what you can do to make a difference in a world with unequal access to nursing and care.

Create a successful community health needs assessment

You’ll consider what constitutes a community, and explore the best strategies for contributing to a community health needs assessment, including epidemiological, comparative, and corporate approaches.

Understand how to undertake effective public health interventions by examining individual and community health needs, and exploring issues surrounding community empowerment, participation, and development.

Become a public health promotion leader

Ultimately, you’ll gain the skills you need to lead a culture of public health in your nursing practice. You’ll learn how to create a public health action model, and see how public health partnerships can improve healthcare policy.

On completing the ExpertTrack, you’ll have comprehensive training in how nurses can drive change in their communities, confident in your ability not only to provide care, but lead as a social reformer and public health campaigner – just as Nightingale did 150 years ago.

Key skills you will learn

  • Evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Analy
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Nursing
  • Public health

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore values, theory, concepts and principles of public and global health and the social, political and economic factors that determine health status and health inequalities
  • Discuss how epidemiology, research and evidence inform the role of the nurse in assessing health needs and interventions to improve the health and well-being of communities
  • Investigate the challenges that public and global health present to the role of the nurse and the nursing profession.

Experience required

This ExpertTrack would appeal to experienced nurses who would like to extend and enhance their understanding of how nurses can lead public health promotion.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is aimed at nurses and health professionals who want to analyse the values, theory, concepts, and principles of public and global health as well as the challenges they pose to nursing.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Examine important aspects of public health, health promotion, and the role of modern nursing.

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Going upstream
      • Getting started
      • Health
      • Why does my practice need to change?
      • The future of public health
      • Summary of the week
    • Week 2

      Health promotion in practice
      • The week ahead
      • The nurse as a promoter of health
      • Your values as a health promoter
      • Summary of the week
  • Course 2

    Explore definitions and models of health, as well as the wider factors that affect an individual's health.

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Health and wellbeing
      • Health as value
      • How should health be defined?
      • Models of health
      • Health and wellbeing
      • End of the week
    • Week 2

      Inequalities in health
      • Welcome
      • Introduction to health inequality and health equity
      • Explaining why health inequalities exist
      • Reducing health inequalities
      • End of the week
  • Course 3

    Analyse communities to understand the context and factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of your patients.

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Community health needs
      • Welcome to the week
      • What is a community?
      • Health needs assessment
      • What are health needs?
      • Review of the week
    • Week 2

      Approaches to assessing community health needs
      • Welcome to the week
      • Approaches to community health needs assessment
      • Local community health needs assessment
      • Summary
  • Course 4

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

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Healing the community
      • Getting started
      • Approaches to promoting health
      • Health priorities for action
      • Thinking about individual health related behaviour change
      • Summary
    • Week 2

      Involving the community
      • Getting started
      • Involving the community
      • Developing the community
      • Summary of the week
  • Course 5

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

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Building a culture of health
      • Welcome to the week
      • Policy and health
      • Partnership for health
      • Leading for change
      • Review of the week
    • Week 2

      Consolidation and review
      • Welcome to the week
      • Moving upstream
      • ExpertTrack wrap up

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