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Course Description

Credit Units: 2
Mr. Bennibor, S. A., Department of Allied Health & Biological Sciences, College of Health Sciences 

Course Description:

This theory course introduces the basic concepts of community health nursing and primary health care to the students as well as the knowledge and skills required for health promotion, maintenance, or restoration of the health of individuals, families, or groups of various ages and cultures in the community settings.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will be able to;
i. explain concept of community and primary health nursing
ii. describe elements of community/ primary health care nursing
iii. explain the roles and responsibilities of the community health /primary health
care nurse
iv. discuss how to plan, implement and evaluate community health programmes
v. identify traditional practices that affect the health of communities
vi. discuss surveillance and notification as community health processes
vii. discuss community mobilization for health participation
viii. discuss measures for prevention of home and workplace accidents
ix. discuss the referral systems

Course Content
 Concept of Community nursing and primary health care
 Conceptual foundation of community/primary health practice
 Elements of community and primary health nursing
 Roles and responsibilities of the community health /primary health nurse
 Community diagnosis, planning, programming and evaluation methods in
community/primary health care
 Community mobilization for health participation
 Community participation
 Traditional practices that affect the health of the community
 Control of communicable diseases in the community
 Principles of epidemiology and investigation

 Surveillance, notification and record keeping in community/primary health care
 Prevention of accidents in the home and work place
 Referral systems in community/primary health care

    Methods of Instruction:

    • Lectures
    • Tutorials
    • Discussion groups
    • Guest lectures
    • Projects (e.g. case studies, poster presentation, seminar presentation)
    • Reading of articles from relevant scientific journals

    Methods of Course Assessment:

    Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

    Criteria Marks

    Individual Works/Tasks 10

    Class Tests 10

    Class Assignments 10

    Final Examination 70

    TOTAL 100

    Pre-requisite courses:

  1. Co-requisite course(s):
  2. Recommended Reference Materials:
    – Mary A. Nies & Melaine McEwen (2015), Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting The Health of Populations 6 th Ed, Missouri: Elsevier Saunders
    – Basavanthappa, B. T. (2008), Community Health Nursing 2 nd Ed, New Delhi: Jaypee.


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