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Impact Lives

NRHL 505 Health Care Policy and Advocacy

Credits: 
3
Prerequisites: 
This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of “B”. Cross listed with NRHL 385.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

Nursing professionals of the 21st century must understand how the government and health care providers interact in the health policy process. In NRHL 505 you will explore the essential elements that shape health care policy, nursing practice and nursing education.

You will assess the atmosphere in which policy is created and how compromise and bargaining shape policy decisions. You will also analyze current policy initiatives involving health care delivery, and share your insights with fellow classmates through weekly discussions. As you further your understanding of the health care process, you’ll discover how nurse leaders serve as advocates that help influence current and future policies affecting health care practices.

What You’ll Learn in NRHL 505

NRHL 505 provides an overview of health care policy, organization and financing with emphasis on current industry trends.

NRHL 505 emphasizes the role of the nurse as a health care leader and advocate in the health care policy formation process.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Health Policy Process
  • Agenda Setting: Moving an Issue to the Attention of the Government
  • Government Legislation, Regulation and Policy Advocacy
  • Policy Design and Program Evaluation
  • Health Literacy, Social Networking and the Internet
  • Interprofessional Practice and Policy Advocacy
  • Economics and Finance of Health Care: Advocacy vs. Stewardship
  • Global Health and Cultural Context: Nursing Involvement in Policy Decisions

Planning Your Time

Health Care Policy and Advocacy

*Source: Alumni Infographic.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NRHL 505, you will be able to:

  • Examine theoretical and historical underpinnings of health advocacy and health policy evolution.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of nurses as health care leaders and advocates in the development of health advocacy and policy formation.
  • Advance public policy and advocacy knowledge from an evidenced-based perspective and integrate the transfer of new knowledge into the MSN practice role.
  • Examine skills required to shape public health advocacy and policy formation.
  • Critically analyze and synthesize the use of informatics and technology.
  • Design a plan for becoming a health policy advocate.
  • Assess current policy and advocacy initiatives involving patient health care delivery.
  • Critically analyze competing interests, issues and trends that shape health care policy.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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