HST 205 - Rural Health Externship
HST 205 is an externship experience that will provide students with the opportunity to explore the unique rewards and challenges of providing rural healthcare through an immersion experience in a rural community setting. Students will shadow a variety of professionals in a rural health care setting and immerse themselves in the local culture by taking part in arranged community events and experiences. The course is designed so the students will gain a better understanding of the public health issues, recreational issues, educational resources, social influences, and other elements that impact rural healthcare.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify and evaluate challenges that rural communities face in access to high quality healthcare.
2. Identify and describe the top five health issues in the target community.
3. Compare and contrast the healthcare needs in the target rural community with urban or suburban settings.
4. Describe the role of regulatory agencies and regulations that impact healthcare access in the rural community.
5. List the health professionals, services, agencies, and facilities that comprise the continuum of health and related care and services available in the target community.
6. List reliable sources of healthcare in the target community and sources for referred healthcare.
7. List the barriers patients in rural communities may experience to obtaining healthcare, and services or options to overcome those barriers.
8. Describe the active relationship between rural healthcare facilities and surrounding community.
9. Develop and deliver a presentation on the concepts and information obtained from the course.
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