Community health in the curriculum
As a student in the Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice program
you will complete a total of (112) CbSL hours spanning seven academic
quarters. Understanding and appreciating health as a community focus,
influenced by social and physical determinants, is an essential part of
the nursing education at DePaul University. The importance of health
promotion and maintenance is evident in the NCLEX-RN examination,
accounting for 6-12% of all content.
Each student is paired with a community partner in your
particular area of interest. The DePaul University School of Nursing, in
conjunction with the Steans Center
works with a wide variety of community nonprofit partners throughout
the Chicagoland area. Starting in your first quarter, you’ll work
directly with your community partner to identify a mutually beneficial
service-learning project. Your work will start at a very basic level,
engaging in simple tasks that allow you to get to know the organization
from the inside. As you progress through your program, you will continue
to serve at your partner organization, and as your relationship with
the organization grows, you’ll have the opportunity to take on more
advanced health initiatives, including the potential for collaborative
Integrate community health into your research project
You will also have the opportunity to conduct a Community-based
Research (CBR) project with your community partner and/or faculty
advisor. The CBR project is developed in conjunction with the community
partner, and focuses on providing a deliverable product. Students
also have the option of continuing their community hours into a sixth
quarter, as needed.
Development of the community engagement program
Students progress through their
curriculum with the community partner as the foundation and resource for
their learning. The courses in which CbSL is embedded provide an
increasingly deeper exposure, involvement, and analysis for the student,
as well as greater benefits for the community organization. As new
students enter the program, they fold into the partnership, supporting
the sustainability of projects and the relationship itself.
Our goals for the community engagement program are to:
CbSL into the current Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP)
curriculum creating sustainable community-campus partnerships and
enhanced student learning outcomes guided by DePaul University’s Vincentian mission.
- Enhance student
understanding and appreciation of health as a community focus,
influenced by social and physical determinants as described in Healthy
- Collaborate with community partners to build foundations for community health programs/population focused health initiatives.
- Foster sustainable health initiatives and community-based research (CBR).