Community Nursing Syllabus


This course is a five-credit course (three credits of theory and two credits of clinical). Total credit hours are based on a sixteen-week semester compressed into fourteen weeks. Our calculations are as follows:

Course Description

This survey course helps students explore community health nursing practices for the purpose of preventing disease and disability and promoting, protecting, and maintaining healthy populations within a community.


Registered Nurse License

Required Material

Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. (2012). Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Healthcare in the Community (8th ed.). Maryland Heights, Missouri: Elsevier. ISBN 9780323080019

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Technology Requirements

High Speed Internet Connection

Students should have a reliable internet service provider with speeds suitable for streaming video and accessing large files. These speeds are most often delivered by cable, DSL, or satellite. Students with dial-up connections will still be able to use I-Learn, but please be aware that systems won't operate quickly with a poor connection. The minimum average connection speed recommended is 640 Kbps.

Software Needed for Submitting Assignments

All assignments must be composed digitally and turned in through I-Learn. This will require class productivity software like Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. Assignments can typically be submitted in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Rich Text Format. Assignments should never be submitted in Microsoft Works because faculty members cannot open files created in Works. Students should always ask their instructors which formats are acceptable before submitting assignments.

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Course to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes and Assessment

Course Outcomes

1.1: Students will exhibit professional integrity through collegial and academically stimulating dialogue, on specific nursing topics (UO 4 & 5; PO 3; BE I, III, & VI; QSEN: Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement).

2.1: Continue to research, appraise, and apply conceptual frameworks and strategies that promote health and wellness in populations and communities (UO 2, & 3; PO 1 & 3; BE III, VII, & IX; QSEN: Evidence-Based Practice).

3.1: Using evidence-based practice to design, coordinate, implement, and evaluate comprehensive teaching plans to include health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention in families and populations (UO 2 & 3; PO 1 & 2; BE II, III, VI, VII; QSEN: Patient-centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Quality Improvement, Safety).

4.1: Collaborate and verify with peers, families, health care professionals and community members in the decision-making process related to community health programs and projects (UO 1 & 4; PO 2 & 4; BE: VI, VII, & IX; QSEN: Patient-centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Quality Improvement, Safety).

5.1: Create opportunities to involve families and groups in planning, decision making, implementation, and evaluation of health care (UO 1 & 4; PO 3; BE: I, II, IV, VI, VII, & IX; QSEN: Patient-centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Quality Improvement, Safety).

6.1: Demonstrate respect for people as unique individuals with differing beliefs and cultural backgrounds when planning interventions to promote positive health outcomes (UO 6; PO 4; BE: I, II, VII, & IX; QSEN: Patient-centered Care, Quality Improvement).

Week Topic
Week 01 Introduction
Week 02 Course Functions of Public Health
Week 03 Political & Legal Influence in Health Care
Week 04 Partnership in Community Health
Week 05 Epidemiology
Week 06 Family Health
Week 07 Environmental Health
Week 08 Health Education, Evidence-Based Practice
Week 09  Cultural Impact on Health Care
Week 10  Vulnerable Populations
Week 11 Communicable Diseases and Bioterrorism
Week 12 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
Week 13 Community Health Teaching Clinical
Week 14 Conclusion

Nursing Department Grading Schedule

A final grade of C- or greater must be maintained to receive credit for the course. The department of nursing has adopted the grading scale below that is used for BYU-Idaho nursing courses. See the BYU-I Nursing Student Handbook in the Student Resources module.

Grading Scale
A 93%–100%
A- 90%–92%
B+ 87%–89%
B 84%–86%
B- 80%–83%
C+ 78%–79%
C 76%–77%
C- 74%–75%
D+ 70%–73%
D 65%–69%
D- 60%–64%
F Below 60

Late Assignments

All work must be completed by end of the semester as designated in the timeline set by the instructor. There is a 5% grade reduction for each day an assignment is late. No assignment is considered optional. All discussion boards must be completed on time, NO late submissions accepted: You will receive a ZERO for any late discussion submissions.

HIPAA Violations

You will receive a score of ZERO on any assignment or course activity where HIPAA is violated.

Grading Criteria

Final grades will be computed on the following weighted percentages.

Percentage of Grade Assignment group
Theory: 9 hours/week
25% Discussion Boards; PhD presentation (Week 10)
20% Papers
5% Journal Assignments (2)
5% APA Quiz (Week 01)
Clinical: 6 hours/week (84/semester)
25% Community Health Teaching Clinical (groups)
20% Family Assessment Clinical
100% Total

Weekly Activities

Each week will have a few standard activities with papers woven throughout. See the Grading Criteria above for how much each category weighs on your grade in the course.

Additional Policies for Assignments

APA in Coursework

Please take your APA portion of all classwork seriously. All the BSN classes require APA 6th ed. which lends itself to being of professional status. NURS 449 coursework needs to be in APA (except the discussion boards). Please see the APA Helps folder in the Intro week of the course for examples. Student can also access their APA manual or use online resources (,, etc.).


Overriding areas of concern for the Department of Nursing include: 1) Demonstrating the BYU-Idaho Honor Code in all behaviors and 2) providing safety for self and others consistently. Violation of an overriding area of concern will result in dismissal from the program.

Material on BYU-Idaho I-Learn and related sites may be protected by US Copyright Law (Title 17, US Code). These materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.


Copying another student's paper, or any portion, of it is plagiarism. Additionally, copying any portion of published material (i.e. book, journals, etc.) without adequately documenting the source is plagiarism. If five or more words in sequence are taken from a source, those words must be placed in quotes and the source referenced with the author's name, date of publication, and page number of the publication. If the author's ideas are rephrased, by transposing words or expressing the same idea using different words, the idea must be attributed to the author by proper referencing, giving the author's name and date of publication. If a single author's ideas are discussed in more than one paragraph, the author must be referenced at the end of each paragraph. Authors whose words or ideas have been used in the preparation of a paper must be listed in the references cited at the end of the paper.

Students, please note all work in your nursing courses must be original. You may not reuse projects or papers from other courses. Doing so is considered self-plagiarism. Please read UC Davis, Div. of Student Affairs, Office of Student Judicial Affairs on Plagiarism under the Course Section. Contact your instructor if you have any questions. See BYU-Idaho's policy on Academic Misconduct (3rd bullet from the bottom).


Please visit the University Policies page to read BYU-Idaho's policies on student honor, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, and complaints and grievances.

Technical Difficulties

Students experiencing technical difficulties should first contact technical support at 208-496-9000 prior to contacting their instructor.