Nursing (NURS) 434

Community Health Promotion (Revision 8)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 4

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: NURS 328

Precluded Course: NURS 434 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NURS 478.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

NURS 434 is not available for Challenge.

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**Note: Follow directions on the [Undergraduate Course Registration] form to register in the course. Online course materials cannot be accessed prior to your course contract start date.


Nursing 434: Community Health Promotion focuses on population health and application of the principles of primary health care, the strategies of health promotion, and epidemiology concepts when nursing individuals, families, groups, aggregates, and communities. Professional, legal/ethical, economic, cultural, and environmental issues as they apply to community health nursing are examined.

A feature of NURS 434 is a practice component (a virtual preceptorship). The virtual preceptorship is designed to facilitate integration of knowledge about the activities, roles, and responsibilities of community health nurses. The application experiences embedded in the course provide opportunities for students to translate theory into practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion NURS 434, the student will achieve or exceed the following learning outcomes:

  • Integrate population health concepts into community health nursing practice;
  • Apply principles of primary health care, strategies of health promotion, and epidemiology concepts in working with aggregates, groups and communities;
  • Apply the nursing process in developing health promotion programs for aggregates, groups and communities;
  • Analyze professional, legal/ethical, economic, cultural, and environmental issues as they apply to the provision of primary health care in the community;
  • Develop research questions that remain unanswered both in your personal learning and in the profession of community health nursing; and
  • Practice selected community health nursing skills through the virtual preceptorship experiences.

Course Structure

Section I

  • Unit 1: Community Health Nursing
  • Unit 2: Theoretical Foundations
  • Unit 3: Epidemiology
  • Unit 4: Affecting Health of Communities

Section II

  • Unit 5: Developing Health Promotion Programs: Assessment
  • Unit 6: Developing Health Promotion Programs: Community Diagnosis and Planning
  • Unit 7: Developing Health Promotion Programs: Implementation and Evaluation


To receive credit for NURS 434, you must complete and submit all of the required assignments and achieve an overall grade of at least “C” (64%). Effective January 1, 2010, all papers submitted must follow the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) (2010).

The assignments and weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Online Quiz 20%
Community Assessment and Diagnosis 20%
Virtual Preceptorship 30%
Strategies for Community Health Promotion 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Stamler, L. L., Yiu, L., & Dosani, A. (Eds.). (2015). Community health nursing: A Canadian perspective  (4th ed.). Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Vollman, A.R., Anderson, E.T., & McFarlane, J. (2016). Canadian community as partner: Theory and multidisciplinary practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

A variety of electronic journal articles and websites are used in the course and paper copies are not included in the course package.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 8, July 15, 2016.

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