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Community and Population Health Nursing Practicum – Harlingen

This program has been canceled for spring 2022.

This program includes pre-program orientation meetings on the Texas State University campus in the fall 2021 semester and will also include a required seven-day field trip to study nursing in Harlingen, Texas, in January 2022.


3 Nurses making heart shape with hands.Spring 2022 Term: January 9 - May 11, 2022

Program Travel: January 9 - January 15, 2022.

Course Meetings: January 9 - May 11, 2022

Orientation Meetings:

  • October 20, 2021
  • November 17, 2021

Required: Seven-day field trip to Harlingen, Texas

What Students Will Learn

The learning outcomes and objectives that you can anticipate mastering as a result of the program are the ability to perform a community health assessment using an epidemiological model and the research process, the ability to apply relevant local, state, and federal policies that affect addressing the health needs of a community, the ability to integrate concepts of health disparities and cultural belief systems in a diverse population included in the community health assessment, the opportunity to develop a health education program/class using the data collected from the community health assessment using the nursing process, the opportunity to integrate Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) into the health education program and class, and an opportunity to compare and contrast the role of the Registered Nurse in a variety of Community and Public settings.

This community registered charity serves low-income Hispanic families through empowerment for self-sufficiency. They offer education, family activities, health teaching, counseling, preventative health, and other services. Our students will be exposed to a community health epidemiological model in which they will see cultural and ethnic values and norms as part of the empowerment of the family unit, will be able to participate in educating, assessing the community, and providing health services, and beginning to get a working understanding of the role of the RN in a community health setting. Students will work within the charity's values of humility, respect, hard work, sacrifice, listening, and reflection to underscore their learning.

Students will participate in targeted health education, immersive community assessment, mental and emotional assessments, physical exams, participate in program evaluation, perform home safety visits, and immerse themselves in the culture of the community.

Program is subject to change and pending approval from the Texas State Board of Regents.

Course Options 

NURS 4280 

Community and Population Health Nursing

CRN 38510

Important:  To ensure your place in this program, you must complete the program application and then receive approval from Ms. Hughes.

Tuition and Program Fee

2 Hours (1 Course) Undergraduate $614.72


The additional program fee includes the cost of lodging, breakfast, program transportation, and admission to the practicum site: $950

Important Note: Most meals and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. 

Course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.


All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Important COVID-19 Information

All participants in Texas State Study in America programs adhere to the health guidelines in the Texas State University Roadmap, including the Health and Safety Measures and Student Roadmap page. The guidelines provided for protecting health and safety on campus also apply to field locations and travel in this Study in America program.

The field/travel portion of the program is subject to change and/or cancellation. If the field portion of the program is canceled, course instruction will continue virtually, but Texas State Study in America will refund the additional program fee (not course tuition).

Applying to the Program

  1. Complete and submit the program application through the School of Nursing
  2. Complete and submit the Study in America (SIA) program application, available through the button below.
  3. Complete and submit the Approval Request to Travel during an Ongoing Pandemic form immediately after submitting the SIA program application
  4. Receive approval from Ms. Hughes and the Office of Distance and Extended Learning
  5. Register for your program's courses

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course though the Student Information System/CatsWeb during the regular University registration period.

For more information about the content of the program, please contact Ms. Monica Hughes and Mr. Mark Livsey.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.