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Leadership: Partners in Health Promotion

Course Code: NURS 3315
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course builds on the concepts examined in the previous leadership course with a focus on promoting health from a Canadian primary healthcare perspective. In this course, students are introduced to a community nursing context. Emphasis is placed on nurses’ working in partnership with individuals, families, groups and communities in promoting and supporting mutually identified health goals. In addition, topics in global health including epidemiology, community and global disasters, and the effect of these on the health of Canadians are discussed.

Course Content

In this course the nurse as partner in health promotion is emphasized.  Concepts and essential content that will be addressed relative to this topic are listed below.  In addition, the core curriculum concepts are integrated throughout this course.

Primary health care and population health

  • Introduction


  • With individuals, families and groups
  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention


  • Individuals, families groups and communities
  • Capacity building, identifying strengths


  • Community as context and culture
  • Community as resource
  • Healthy communities

Socio-environmental approach to health promotion

  • Directed toward action on the determinants of health
  • Diverse, complementary approaches
  • Facilitating effective community participation


  • Trends and issues
  • Client-centeredness
  • Lived experience
  • Self care
  • Supportive care

Client-centered health education

  • Individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning
  • Principles of teaching and learning
  • Teaching processes with a focus on prevention (e.g. solution focused counseling).
  • Teaching across the lifespan, with diverse client populations and in a variety of contexts
  • Health literacy


  • Epidemiological models and sources of data
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Role of epidemiology in nursing research and practice

Emergency preparedness

  • Public safety and emergency preparedness in Canada
  • Roles and responsibilities of government agencies in emergency preparedness
  • The role of nurses in community disasters

 Global Health

  • Health for all movement and globalization
  • International initiatives
  • Effect on Canadians

Methods of Instruction

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of learning processes including lecture, large and small group discussion, and nursing practice-based scenarios.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a population health approach to nursing practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply strategies for promoting population health including inter-professional and intersectoral collaboration.
  • Demonstrate the application of client-centered health education across the life span and with diverse individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of community as context and community as resource.
  • Critically reflect on issues associated with social determinants of health, health inequity and access to services for vulnerable groups and communities and consider implications for nursing practice.
  • Critically reflect on issues and trends associated with chronicity and end of life and consider the implications for nursing practice.
  • Using a relational perspective, examine people’s experiences with chronicity and supportive care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of epidemiology in health promotion.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of community disaster planning and the nurse’s role in responding to community disasters.
  • Critically reflect on global health issues, the effect of global health on the health of Canadians, and the role of nurses in contributing to global health.

course prerequisites

NURS 2211 AND NURS 2212 AND NURS 2213 AND NURS 2215 AND NURS 2217

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.


NURS 3311 AND NURS 3312 AND NURS 3313 AND NURS 3316

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.