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New Online Certificate in Population Focused Nursing Practice  

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Seton Hall's College of Nursing will offer an online certificate program focusing on population health, an initiative designed to shift health care from an individual focus to addressing the needs of populations to improve health care.

Beginning in January 2020, Seton Hall University's College of Nursing will offer a post-baccalaureate online certificate in Population-Focused Nursing Practice. Population health is an initiative designed to shift health care from an individual focus to addressing the needs of populations to improve health care. According to the classic definition provided by population health experts, Kindig and Stoddart from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, this field of study addresses "the distribution of health outcomes within a population, the health determinants that influence distribution and the policies and interventions that impact the determinants."

Recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that zip code is a significant factor related to life expectancy in America. "Population health is the delivery of care to specific populations," said the College of Nursing's Dean Marie Foley. "To do this, the nurse must consider determinants of health which include access to healthcare, genetics and healthcare behaviors, along with the social determinants such as income, education, employment and culture. Environmental factors, such as living conditions, clean air and water, also come into consideration." 

This 16-credit, graduate level certificate program will provide nurses with the opportunity to explore areas in nursing that will expand their roles in health promotion, illness prevention and management of chronic illness states for diverse populations. As an emerging specialty in nursing, this innovative certificate program will prepare nurses for the current and future needs in health care to improve patient outcomes, demonstrate leadership abilities to address the effects of healthcare disparities on specific populations, and evaluate the impact of economic and healthcare policy on delivery of healthcare services.

"Nurses need to be proficient in providing both acute and population-focused care across the health continuum to alleviate health disparities and to promote self-management of chronic diseases," said Program Director Dr. Ann Marie Sailsman.

Nurses with knowledge, skills and expertise in population-focused nursing care are in very high demand in all types of healthcare settings today to provide evidence-based care and design specific nursing interventions that serve populations rather than individual clients. In addition to nursing practice in acute care, nurses with this expertise are needed in numerous other settings, including outpatient care — such as public health departments, healthcare insurance agencies, Visiting Nurse Services, home care, long-term care settings and various other community settings. Care coordination among these various settings is essential to providing excellence in transitional nursing care across the health-illness continuum with diverse populations. 

Addressing key issues, such as the impact of global health on health states, understanding epidemiology to better monitor and treat disease, using advances in technological information to inform and guide providers, comprehending the dramatic impact of social determinant on health, and expansion of nursing leadership is essential to address the multitude of healthcare disparities that exist today.

All six classes are online with a 1-credit capstone offering an interprofessional Travel Learn opportunity, where students can explore international, national or local health care, including universal health problems, issues and concerns addressing population health. Through interprofessional collaboration among nursing and other diverse health professions, students will analyze and compare healthcare priorities, initiatives and healthcare systems in the United States and other countries or geographic communities.

Categories: Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Gabriele Zengewald
  • (973) 761-9583
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