NURS 621 - Leading and Managing Health Care Disparities and Underserved Populations (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: NURS 611
This course examines theories of health care disparities and the impact on health care. A variety of theoretical models will be examined for their value in understanding health behavior change. Their relevance for changing particular behaviors in various ethnic populations will be challenged. New theories related to diversity of racial and ethnic communities and selected nursing theories that attempt to understand the inequities in healthcare practice and health status will be explored. Students will be expected to conduct population assessments and propose healthcare models that will facilitate access, quality, and cost-efficient care to the underserved populations that can diminish the preponderance of healthcare disparities. Strategies to identify and collaborate with key community leaders and stakeholders, including private, government and NGOs to facilitate the delivery of care to these underserved populations will be analyzed. This course will also introduce the redesign of healthcare providers’ roles and responsibilities recommended in the Future of Nursing report.