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Janet C Lenart
UCONJ 501
Seattle Campus

Interdisciplinary Rural Healthcare Issues

Emphasizes interdisciplinary solutions to rural health challenges. Addresses rural core competencies for advanced practice, leadership, and practice inquiry. Competencies include definitions, funding, delivery models, demographies, outcomes, disparities, access, farm economics, nutrition, environment, and workforce issues. Reviews population-based and clinical case studies in rural health. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: S.

Class description

This 1 to 3 credit web-based, interdisciplinary course addresses key aspects of rural health and is open to all Health Sciences students. Grading is credit/no-credit. The 2 credit 100% online part focuses on core concepts of rural health and is schedule over both Term A and B of Summer quarter. The 1 credit case-study component is scheduled in Term A only of Summer quarter and meets via web-conferencing. The 2 credit core concepts part of the course presents an interdisciplinary perspective on the following rural health topics.

basic definitions, resources for rural health practice, demographics,health outcomes and disparities, access and barrier issues, funding and delivery models of rural health care, environmental health, farm policies impacting health and nutrition, practice and workforce issues, population-based approaches, other topics

The 1 credit case study component of the course presents examples of rural health realities, as described by rural health professionals.

Student learning goals

Appraise data, policy, practice models and workforce issues pertinent to rural health.

Critically analyze evidence-based public health approaches to rural health needs.

Propose interdisciplinary approaches to rural health challenges.

General method of instruction

100% distance learning via synchronous web conferencing and asychronous learning.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

A rural county population health assessment will be completed during the quarter and online discussions will facilitate interdisicplinary collaboration among students.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Janet C Lenart
Date: 02/02/2011