Master of Science — Leadership Track program curriculum
Master of Science - Leadership Track students take core courses (NRS 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 290 and an Informatics course) plus electives and must complete a thesis.
NRS 201—Health Status and Care Systems (4 units): Comparative health status data, major current health issues globally, nationally and regionally. Theoretical perspectives on social, political, economic determinants of health. Health-care systems examined, linked to data, and evaluated in regard to outcomes. Aging, rural, ethnic minority populations highlighted.
NRS 202—Implementation Science (4 units): Change processes in health care from political, historic, economic and sociologic frameworks. Historic and current examples of transformative change in the health-care system. Skills for system transformation through health policy, practice, research and education are emphasized.
NRS 203—Leadership in Health Care (4 units): Critical examination of leadership from a variety of theoretical and philosophical perspectives; focuses on specific challenges in health care and leadership at various levels, e.g., patient, organizational and policy levels.
NRS 204—Research Skills for Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership (4 units): Foundation for analyzing research, health and systems data to answer clinical, systems, or policy questions. Use and examine multiple sources of data and information as a basis for planned change and transformation in health care.
NRS 206—Community Connections (3 units): Community-based learning and experiences including community participation, assessment, data collection and analysis using multiple approaches, community health improvement projects, collaborative leadership practice, all with the guidance of community members and nursing faculty.
NRS 290—Master’s Seminar (2 units): Subject varies from quarter to quarter. Current knowledge and issues relevant to one of two fields of emphasis—population health or health systems.
NRS 299—Thesis Research and Writing (variable units): Students in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership graduate programs conduct research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member.
Elective courses within the School of Nursing
NRS 298 (NRS 210Y)—Applied Health Informatics (4 units): Within the conceptual framework of the Foundation of Knowledge model, this course integrates nursing science, information science, computer science and cognitive science to acquire, process, generate, and disseminate knowledge. Informatics applications that affect health care and nursing will be emphasized.
NRS 301—Methods for Teaching Nursing and Health Sciences: Use of Simulation (4 units): Simulation education reviewed as a teaching tool in nursing and health sciences; explores how to integrate simulation into individual courses. Emphasis placed on simulations that include clinical judgment, teamwork, and interdisciplinary communication.
NRS 302—Methods for Teaching Nursing and Health Sciences: Curriculum and Instruction (4 units): Best practices in adult learning, performance-based curriculum models and instructional design. Experience in planning student-centered learning activities that are engaging and effective in achieving desired student performance. Use of distance technologies, case-based teaching, clinical teaching, role of clinical teacher.
NRS 303—Methods for Teaching Nursing and Health Sciences: Assessment/Evaluation of Learning (4 units): Application of approaches, processes, and tools for assessing adult learning, especially those that assess the student's ability to use knowledge/skills in practical situations. Other topics include: design of performance evaluation tasks, instructional rubrics, use of portfolios, grading and reporting.
NRS 493A—Improving Quality in Health Care (3 units): Working in interdisciplinary teams, will explore the theory and practical methods being employed to make improvement in health-care systems while providing an opportunity for interprofessional educational experience.
NRS 493B—Improving Quality in Health Care (3 units): Working in interdisciplinary teams, will explore the theory and practical methods being employed to make improvement in health-care systems while providing an opportunity for interprofessional educational experience.
NRS 493C—Enhancing Patient Safety in Health Care (3 units): Interprofessional module is designed to explore the theory and practical methods being employed to improve patient safety in health care while providing an opportunity for interprofessional educational experience.
Supporting courses in related fields
Both doctoral and master’s degree students are required to take a graduate-level course in Health Informatics, such as:
- NRS 298—Introduction to Health Informatics in Nursing (4 units)
- HEALTH INFORMATICS 210—Introduction to Health Informatics (4 units)
- HEALTH INFORMATICS 211—Telemedicine (4 units)