Nursing Seminar: Issues in Global Health – NURS 742

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 11/12/2020

Course Description

This seminar is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to address global health issues through assessment, interventions, planning, and evaluation to promote health at the individual/family/population level. Students will explore cultural intelligence and develop strategies to deliver culturally competent care. Care and treatment of common diseases and conditions seen in underdeveloped and developing countries will be discussed within the context of issues such as poverty, societal norms and values. The impact of globalization on the delivery of health care in the United States will also be examined.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Issues in Global Health is presented to DNP students within a background of a shrinking world system. Issues that only affected remote parts of the world 20 years ago are now affecting all areas of the globe. Doctoral students must understand the impact of culture and health care delivery on populations other than their own. A knowledge of conditions seen in Low Income, Middle Income, and High Income countries where poverty and differing belief systems impact health is necessary for leadership in an ever-widening scope of practice. With the destabilization of populations which migrate and take refuge from war and geo-political unrest, come problems involving infrastructure to support health and well-being. Food and clean water shortages coupled with stress predispose aggregates to disease that stable societies do not experience.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze concepts foundational to global health, including global health care delivery issues and trends, policy, and economics.  AACN Essentials I, II, V, VII; NONPF: Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Leadership 4; LU PLO 1, 3, 6.
  2. Analyze cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect heath care quality metrics and outcomes of individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan, globally. AACN I, 2, VII; NONPF Quality 1-3; LU PLO 1, 2, 6.
  3. Integrate essential components of cultural intelligence into strategies to develop inter-professional collaboration with global health care providers aiming to improve health care delivery to patients, families, and populations across the lifespan. (AACN Essentials II, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF: Leadership Competency 2; Health Delivery System Competencies 1-4-7; LU PLO 2, 5, 6, 7).
  4. Apply knowledge of global health issues and trends, information technology, policies into the development of effective care strategies to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan in Low Income, Middle Income, and High Income countries. AACN Essentials III, IV, V; NONPF: Technology & Information Literacy 1,4, 5, Leadership 1,2, 6; LU PLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
  5. Evaluate the ethical issues related to health care globalization on the delivery of health care in the U.S., among individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan. AACN Essentials I, VII, VIII; NONPF: Scientific Foundation 1-2, Leadership 2-4, Quality 1-3; LU PLO 1, 2.
  6. Integrate Christian world view into the delivery of health care at the global level to individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan. (AACN Essentials VII, VIII; NONPF: Leadership 3, Policy 3, Ethics 1-3; LU PLO 1, 7).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must have quality evidence-based information and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each post and reply must cite 2 peer reviewed publications. (MLO: A, B, C, F; PLO: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)

Individual Presentation PowerPoint

The student will create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation based on the selected topic and discuss the role of an APN. There must be 10–12 slides with notes provided for each slide, not including the title and the reference slide. The presentation must be supported by at least 4 scholarly sources published within the last 5 years. (MLO: B; PLO 1, 2, 6)

Individual Presentation via WebEx

Students will prepare a PowerPoint Presentation (4–5 slides excluding the title and reference slides) to lead a short WebEx discussion according to assigned topic from the Module/Week requirements. Each student will be provided 5 minutes to present their slides. An additional 2–3 minutes may be used to answer questions. Further discussion can take place as time permits. At least 2 peer-reviewed or evidence-based references should be utilized in the presentation. (MLO: B; PLO: 1, 2, 6)

WebEx 2 Debate

Students will select a topic of global importance in relation to disaster and environmental health, examine the pros and cons and debates during WebEx based on the guidelines. Students will be graded based on the rubric provided. (MLO: C, D, F; PLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Policy Critique Paper

The student will select a health care policy or an emergency management policy of a country critique. This paper must be 4–6 pages long, written in current APA format, (excluding the title page and reference page), and have at least 3 peer-reviewed references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: D; PLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6)

Global Health Paper

The student will write a 10-page paper (not including cover page or reference list), citing at least 7 peer reviewed journal articles published within the previous 5 years in addition to the textbook and the Bible. The paper will address one of the following global problems (topics can be selected on a first come-first serve basis).

  1. Violence against women.
  2. Impact of forced population displacement on health.
  3. Global childhood malnutrition.
  4. The challenges of international nurse migration: seeking global solutions.
  5. Complex issues in conflict areas.
  6. End of life care in a global health context.
  7. Natural Disasters and global health

The paper will address the magnitude of the problem. The role of advanced practice nursing to educate on the topic and collaborate with other disciplines will be addressed. The paper will explore what is currently being achieved and what is currently absent in the quest to solve the problem(s). Ethical issues such as human rights and social justice will be addressed from a biblical perspective. Utilizing the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and the U.S. IOM and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative, the paper will develop a collaborative system to intervene in one of the topics above.

Current APA format must be used including a cover page, abstract, headings, and reference list. (MLO: C, D, E, F; PLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7)