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Community Health Nursing

Master Program

Health Education
Course Specifications

University: Ain Shams University

Faculty: Nursing
Course specifications
Programs on which the course is given: Master Program
Department offering the program: Community Health Nursing
Academic year/Level: Post Graduate studies, first semester
Date of specification approval: May 30th 2008

A- Basic Information
Title: Health Education Code:…….
Allotted Hours: 2 hours/week ,for 15 weeks
Total Hours: 30 hours/ semester

B- Professional Information
1- Course Aim:
One of the major roles of the community health nurse is to
provide health education to various groups. It is necessary to
equip people, families, and communities with the skills that
will empower them and enable them to lead healthy lives.
Bachelor program provide the community with nurse graduates
who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes
pertinent to health education to raise people’s health awareness
and change their knowledge, attitudes, and health behaviors

Health education course aims at providing Master’ program students with
post basic theoretical framework enabling them to apply educational theories
and process of learning in the delivery of health education activities
contributing to health or its recovery for individual, family and the public in
different community health settings and home visiting through effective
health communication and education in health and sickness.

2- Intended learning outcomes from the course:

A- Knowledge and understanding:
1.Identify the philosophy, goals, and approaches of health education.
2.Define terms relevant to health education.
3.Identify the main learning domains and principles of health education.
4.Recognize the different learning theories.
5. Use principles and process of health education in health and sickness.
6.Identify the principles of communication.
7.Identify the principles of counseling.
8. Provide
health education to individuals, families, and other specific
groups within the community, such as women of reproductive age,
youth, and adolescents, based on identified needs.

B- Intellectual skills:
1.Discuss the objectives and different scopes/areas of health education.
2.Discuss the process of health education.
3.Explain the teaching learning process.
4.Discuss factors affecting the learning process.
5.Discuss how to assess health education needs of an individual, family
and community.

6.Explain the advantages and disadvantages of health education methods.
7.Find out the barriers/limitations facing health education process.
8.Discuss the characteristics of the appropriate learning environment.
9.Analyze knowledge, attitude, and behavior needed for health education.
10.Differentiate the types, characteristics, role and importance of the
appropriate health education media.
11. Discuss the characteristics, and roles of the nurse as effective health

C- Professional skills:
1. Applythe concept of adult learning in teaching community health
workers and the public at large.

2. Plan a health education program and counseling sessions to family with

Developmental health needs or crisis.

3.Apply the methods of health education (instructional methods).

4.Apply health education techniques and strategies of teaching and

learning process to achieve change in individual’s behavior.

5.Design how to use and produce health education media.

6.Assess health education programs.

7.Plan health education programs.

8.Design health education programs.

9.Implement health education programs.

10.Evaluate health education programs.

D- Transferable skills:
1.Apply the acquired skills that help to work as a health team member in
the different nursing scopes.
2.Evaluate the developed health education sessions and programs
according to targeted client’ modification /change in health behavior.

3- Course Content:
Title No. of hours
Unit 1:
Health education principles, theories, concept and practice. 4
Unit 2:
Counseling as an approach for health education and 3.30
awareness for family centered health education
Unit 3:
Planning health education program within community
services. 3.30
- Evaluation in health education.
- Evaluation versus assessment.
- Determining the focus of evaluation.
Unit 4:
Interpersonal communication skills for special population.
- Handicapped. 4
- Chronic illness.
Unit 5:
Technology in education.
- Health education in the information age. 3.30
- The impact of technology on teacher & learner.
Unit 6:
Characteristics of the learner.

-Determinants of learning. 4
- The educator role in learning.
- Developmental stages of learner.
- Developmental characteristics stages of childhood
- Role of the family in health education.
Unit 7:
Instructional materials , setting & methods.
- Types 4
- Selection and evaluation .
- General principles.
Unit 8:
Motivation, compliance and health behaviors of the
learner. 3.30
- Motivation
- Compliance and control.
- Health behaviors of the learner.
- Selection of models for health education.

4- Teaching and learning methods:

a- Teaching methods:
• Illustrated lectures and group discussion
• Lecture discussion.
• Student seminar /presentation.
• Paired/Group discussion
• Individual and group exercises
• Guided clinical activities (counseling and FP method provision)
• Role play.

• Handout
b- Learning materials:
• Data show system.

• Flip chart
• VCR and training videotapes
• Media design and development tools
5- Student assessment:
a- Summative assessment include presentation of applied community
health education sessions, development of an educational program and
construction of one educational media.
b- Final written exam.
• Assessment schedule:
Assessment cover the whole semester
Weighing of assessment:
- Formative evaluation: 20%
- Community diagnosis for health educational needs project 20%
- Final written examination 60%

- Total 100%

6- List of references:
Text books
- Swanson ,Y.M.(2001): Community Health Nursing, 5th ed, Lippincott,

New york.
- Stanhope, M. and Knollmueller R.(2001) Handbook of public and
community health nursing practice,2nd Ed Mosby Book, London.
- Babcock,D.M and Miller .M.A.(2002)Client Education:Theory and
Practice,3rd Ed. Mosby Books,St. Louis.
Periodicals and magazines.
- WHO report series.
- Johns Hopkins Population Report.
- Journal of Health Education
Internet sites
- Healthy People 2010 www. Health. gov / healthy people.
7- Facilities required for teaching and learning:
• Media design and development resource skill lab.
• Health education skills related software programs.
• Health education skills educational/training videotapes.
• Transportation for rural area health education project implementation.
Course Coordinator:
Professor Dr. Amira Elbeih
Lecturer Dr. Seham guirguis
Head of department:
Professor Dr : Faten Khayrat
Date : May 30th,2008