Courses

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HCS NUR 2829 3 Contemporary Issues in Cross Cultural Health Care

Purpose of course is to increase awareness of how the deliv ery and acceptance of health care may be influenced by so cial, cultural, and environmental factors. It will provide an overview of how these factors influence a person's re sponse to stressors, daily health and living needs. Goal is to help students increase their understanding of culturally congruent care by utilizing cultural concepts, theories and research. Students will analyze factors that facilitate/ hinder communication about health needs, acceptance of the health care regimen and access to health care systems.

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HCS NUR 2840 3 Robotic Applications in Clinical Practice: Practicum

This course brings together an interdisciplinary group from nursing and other health disciplines, computer science, and robotics to design and evaluate mobile robot systems that help community-residing, frail older adults and persons with disabilities sustain their independence. In collaboration with faculty, students will engage in hands-on learning of skills relevant to the design, development, and evaluation of service robots that assist elderly/disabled people. Thru seminar discussion and lab, students will learn from faculty and each other how to design technology that can serve people.

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HCS NUR 3016 3 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Research

This course focuses upon the relationship of theory to research with an emphasis on the role of theory in the design and interpretation of research. Attention is given to the evaluation of theory, the utility of theories in research, and the comparison of research strategies from various theoretical perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon midrange, multidisciplinary theories relevant to clinical research.

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HCS NUR 3018 2-6 Focus Group Practicum

This course builds upon the student's didactic knowledge gained in NUR 3055 or equivalent through the supervised experience of planning, conducting, analyzing, and preparing reports for focus groups. Emphasis is placed upon the student's mastery of the ability to formulate questions, facilitate discussion, including the management of difficult participants, note taking, analysis of data and preparation of the report. Students will be expected to lead at least two focus groups and to serve as note taker in at least two additional groups. It is expected that a secondary component of the practicum will be to develop an understanding of cultural differences in approaches to health and health care through the conduct of focus groups among different cultural groups as well as learning from the focus group experiences of others.

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HCS NUR 3020 3 Quanitative Research Methods

This course provides an overview of quantitative research methods, including various research designs appropriate for studying health care phenomena. Some of the quantitative methods included are: descriptive, comparative, correlational, survey, methodological, epidemiological, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, clinical trials, evaluation research, longitudinal, and secondary analysis.

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HCS NURNP 3025 4 Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care

This didactic course explores the evidence base for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of common psychiatric-mental health issues across the lifespan. Emphasis in on (1) current understanding of the etiology, including the genetic basis, of psychiatric illnesses; (2) evaluation and diagnosis of individuals presenting with psychiatric-mental health symptoms; (3) recognizing problems that can be managed in a primary care setting and those that need to referred for psychiatric evaluation and care; (4) ongoing management of psychiatric-mental health problems in primary care including management in collaboration with psychiatry; and (5) the impact of mental health problems from a family perspective.

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HCS NURNP 3025D 4 Diagnosis and Management of Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care

This didactic distance education (synchronous) course explores the evidence base for the evaluation, diagnosis and management of common psychiatric-mental health issues across the lifespan. Emphasis in on (1) current understanding of the etiology, including the genetic basis, of psychiatric illnesses; (2) evaluation and diagnosis of individuals presenting with psychiatric-mental health symptoms; (3) recognizing problems that can be managed in a primary care setting and those that need to be referred for psychiatric evaluation and care; (4) ongoing management of psychiatric-mental health problems in primary care including management in collaboration with psychiatry; and (5) the impact of mental health problems from a family perspective.

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HCS NUR 3040 3 Research Emphasis Seminar

This seminar will explore current and future trends in physiologic research involving adults who are critically or acutely ill with the potential for acute decompensation. Emphasis will be placed on strategies that have the potential to restore or optimize physiologic function, evaluation of outcomes, ethical issues, and new developments in genetic research. The course will include presentations by multidisciplinary faculty who are currently conducting biobehavioral research in these areas and student presentations.

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HCS NUR 3042 3 Research Emphasis Seminar-Chronic Disorders

This seminar is designed to provide an in-depth examination of the cross-discipline literature on chronic illness. The common manifestations of chronic disorders will be addressed, including such common features as impact on cognitive function, functional ability, quality of life, adherence to treatment, depression, sleep, pain, stress, physical activity, dietary considerations, as well as other areas relevant to student interests. Discussion of these paradigms across chronic disorder populations and settings will be included, varying with the interests of the students in the course. Students will be expected to complete an in-depth critical review of the research literature on a specific feature of chronic disorders as well as a review of clinical research evidence related to a set of common features within a specific chronic disorder of interest.

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HCS NUR 3043 3 Research Emphasis Seminar: Womens Health

This seminar is directed toward expanding the capability of scientists for knowledge building that will maximize the health of women and transform the values and structures of the health care system. This course will examine the influence of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class and other barriers that may affect the quality of health care for women by exploring exemplars of current research in women's health.

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HCS NUR 3050D 1 Grant Writing

This distance education (synchronous) course focuses on the organization, development and preparation of a grant application. Course content is based on the general issues encountered during the development of grant applications. Students are expected to prepare components of their grant application under the direction of their mentor using the guidelines for an appropriate funding organization. PhD students are expected to support some aspect of their dissertation research.

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HCS NUR 3054 3 Practicum for Nursing and Health Sciences Education

This course is designed to help teachers conceptualize and operationalize the elements of clinical and didactic instruction in a variety of practice settings. Students have the opportunity to enact the role of educator through a guided seminar/ preceptorship experience in an area relevant to the students practice and educational interests. This course will provide a theoretical foundation for application and synthesis activities that characterize instruction and learning in a practice profession. Philosophical and experiential issues specific to health sciences education are emphasized in class discussion.

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HCS NUR 3055 1.5 Community Development and Focus Groups: Preparation, Facilitation and Application

This seven-week workshop will introduce students to the focus group as a data-gathering tool and will prepare them to use focus groups in their work. The workshop will use lectures, discussions and interactive exercises to familiarize students with all aspects of focus groups. Topics to be covered include the theoretical basis of focus groups, formulating questions, recruiting participants, facilitating the discussion, taking notes and applying the data. It is recommended that students read one text. In addition, students will complete a series of assignments designed to sharpen their listening, facilitating and analytical abilities. Critical components of the class will be observation of and hands-on experience with facilitating discussions, taking notes and reporting. Ability to role play highly desirable.

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HCS NUR 3056 2 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research in Health Sciences

This course will provide students with a comprehensive survey of the processes involved in translating research discoveries into practices that promote health and prevent disease. The specific topics to be covered are listed in the lecture schedule (attached) and include the implementation of new therapies as standards of care and the application of innovative preventive services. Various research methodologies, including those encompassed in the drug development process, will be discussed. The course will offer lectures via electronic media and will use a collaborative learning approach to classroom activities.

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HCS NUR 3058 2 International Research and Collaboration

This interdisciplinary elective course prepares graduate students for professional conduct and research collaboration in a global context. Topics include globalization, building collaborative international relationships, international research ethics, and sources of funding for international research. Students will become familiar with the status of research in their professions world-wide, evaluate research topics of international interest, evaluate requirements for adaptations in research methods, and collaborate with international colleagues or with a mentors/researchers engaged in international research to produce a hypothetical feasible research proposal. Synthesis of the knowledge gained in this course will be evidenced by 1) weekly maintenance of a diary or on-line blog demonstrating growth in international knowledge and cross-culture communication skills, and 2) development of an abbreviated proposal for international research.

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