Summer 2020

NURS 6250-001 Advanced Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Disease Prevention

All students are responsible for checking their UTHSCSA Livemail account regularly (i.e., daily or several times every week) to obtain Official University Communication regarding their courses, program and student status.

Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage:

NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
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Welcome to Advanced Health Promotion, Health Protection and Disease Prevention course!

We look forward to working with you this semester!

We will meet for our first class on May 13th from 1 - 2:50 pm through a synchronous virtual platform.

The majority of this course is presented online through Canvas.  We will meet synchronously through the virtual platform on the following dates from 1 - 2:50 pm: May 13, June 3, July 1, and July 29.




Heidi Worabo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Course Director
Assistant Professor, Clinical
School of Nursing
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive Mail Code 7951
San Antonio, TX 78229

Office: 2.380
Office: 210-567-5867

Paula Christianson-Silva, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Clinical
School of Nursing
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive Mail Code 7951
San Antonio, TX 78229

Office: 2.508
Office: 210-567-5871
Email: christianson



Students analyze theories and research from nursing, health promotion, health protection and disease prevention.  Family, human development, patient education and community are the foundation for exploring the phenomena of family focused care.  Data grounded in epidemiological sources, health histories and family assessments are examined as the basis for identification of risk factors.


Credit Hour Allocation:  2 semester credit hours
Clock Hour Allocation:   30 clock hours class


NURS 5306 Advanced Theory for the Practice of Nursing
NURS 5307 Using Research for the Practice of Nursing


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


  1. Analyze primary and secondary data sources that identify and predict the health status of the individual, family, and community.
  2. Integrate theories and research in family theory, health promotion, disease prevention, and community to the assessment and prevention of health related problems affecting populations.
  3. Synthesize broad ecological, global and social determinants of health and epidemiologic data to design and deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant clinical interventions and strategies.
  4. Apply evidence-based guidelines to the identification and prevention of significant healthcare problems affecting populations at risk.
  5. Distinguish cultural, spiritual, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, economic, environmental, and age cohort differences in the risk, presentation, progression, and treatment of health problems.


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)






Quizzes (x4)    



See course schedule for dates.

Discussion Board Posts (x2)


Includes discussion board in Canvas and attendance to class sessions

TED Talk Presentation


Presented in class on July 29th









Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses ( and the following points of conduct.

School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

Netiquette guidelines provide information for behaving properly online, when using email, tweets or texts so that you may successfully communicate your thoughts in a manner that is respectful and avoids misunderstandings with others.


Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website:


Edelman,C.L. & Kudzma, E.C.  (2018).  Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan.  9th ed.  Elsevier: . ISBN: 9780323416795

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC.    ISBN-13:978-1-4338-0561-5     ISBN-10:14338-0561-8



1.                 Health Promotion, Protection and Prevention Concepts

a.      Models of Health

b.      Health Ecology

c.       Illness, Disease, Health

d.      Healthy People

e.      Levels of Prevention

2.                 Population Health

a.      Health Disparities, Equity

b.      Genetic and Social Determinants of Health

c.       Cultural Competency

d.      Diverse Populations

e.      Vulnerable Populations

f.       Health Literacy

g.      Global Health

3.                 Health Policy and the Delivery System

a.      Health Indicators

b.      Accountability to Individuals &Society

c.       History of Health Care

d.      Health Care Delivery Systems

e.      Patient, Family and Community Centered Care

4.                 Health Promotion Interventions

a.      Screening

b.      Health Education

c.       Nutrition Counseling

d.      Exercise

e.      Stress Management

f.       Complementary/Alternative Strategies

g.  Measuring Impact

5.                 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

a.      Growth and Development Framework

b.      Childbearing Period

c.       Infancy

d.      Toddler

e.      Preschool

f.       School-Age Child

g.      Adolescent

h.      Young Adult

i.       Middle-Aged Adult

j.       Older Adult


CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

The course begins May 13, 2020.  

We will meet for our first class on May 13th from 1 - 2:50 pm in a virtual classroom.  More information on the platform will be sent closer to the date and posted in Canvas.

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