This course provides the theoretical foundation for the study of community health nursing. The client is viewed as the individual, the family and the community within a social framework, with the goal of optimizing his or her functioning. Historical, socioeconomic, environmental, political, and cultural indicators of the health of a community are explored. Students will discuss legal aspects of practice that govern the care of vulnerable populations. Students will engage in health teaching and counseling skills that are needed in various community health settings. The application of the nursing process is applied to diverse client scenarios with the emphasis on growth and development, health promotion and the provision of holistic care to the client and their family.