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NURS502 - Population-Based Healthcare

Course Details

Course Code: NURS502 Course ID: 4789 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines how population-based theories and practice inform community/public nursing practice. An emphasis is placed on the ecology of health and the interconnectedness of the biological, behavioral, physical, and socio environmental domains. Students will analyze root causes of health disparities including cultural, political, social, racial, class, gender and economic factors and examine the role of social justice to improving population health. Strategies for collaboration and advocacy with diverse population and groups will be explored.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Examine the role of the masters prepared nurse, in determining the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations. (PO 4)
  2. Compare and contrast population health, public health, and community health. (PO 4)
  3. Interpret the impact of social and economic variations on the health of populations. (PO 1)
  4. Apply the nursing process to population health in local, national and global communities. (PO 4)
  5. Design culturally responsive programs to deliver health promotion and wellness information to populations and aggregates.

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include II, VI, VII, & VIII.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 9 graded discussions.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There is a final exam that is an essay exam in which you will answer 3 of 5 questions. This is not timed and there is a rubric to guide you.

Written Assignments

In addition to the written essay exam, there are 5 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Typhon student practicum tracking software. Required prior to practicum. Information on requirements provided here -
ISBN:Software Note
Publication Info:Typhon
Electronic Unit Cost:$90.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Book Title:Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC Lib
Author:David B. Nash, Alexis Skoufalos, Raymond J. Fabius, and Willie H. Oglesby

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.