Nursing Studies and Patient Care

Transforming Graduate Nursing Core Curriculum: Development of a Primary Health Care, Public Health, Population-Based Course

Published on: 2015-02-16


Stakeholders globally and nationally, including the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, have recently stressed the importance of population-based care and public health as drivers for health system reform where all providers practice in an integrated and comprehensive way. Heeding these recommendations, graduate nurse educators recognized the need to review curricula and strengthen the content in the area of public health which is population-based. Framing practice through the lens of primary health care is one way to achieve the goal of a more collaborative approach to improving population health. The purpose of this paper is to share the journey of a school of nursing as it re-committed itself to the vision of primary health care and to strengthen content in public health and population-based care. This manuscript presents one aspect of this work as illustrated in the development of one graduate core course entitled Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care.


Primary Health Care; Population; Graduate Nursing; Curricula Development