Background: Population health is a dynamic area that nurses must grasp to meet the demands of the evolving health care system. Staying current on public health priorities, health policies, and population health analytic approaches poses a challenge for nurse educators. Method: This article describes strategies used by nurse educators in a prelicensure population health course for student engagement on contemporary population health issues and highlights opportunities to develop skills and build competencies to lead population health initiatives. Results: Innovations in course content, assignments, and evaluation strategies are useful in training nurses to thrive in health care systems addressing population health. Strategies to remain current on developments in the field promote population health competencies. Conclusion: Prelicensure nursing students can attain knowledge and skills in population health to prepare them to lead population health initiatives, analyze population-level data, provide care coordination, support complex patient groups, and optimize the use of research to promote evidence-based care.
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