The student is provided an opportunity to acquire knowledge on the art and science of public health nursing exploring concepts of epidemiology, natural history of disease and disease surveillance and control. Through the use of community needs assessments and National Health Care Objectives (Healthy People 2020), the nursing process is applied to care of aggregates established by geopolitical boundaries. The continued development of cultural diversity, infectious disease, policy development and community health education strategies are explored. The clinical component enables the student to demonstrate the processes of acquiring knowledge, forming values and developing skills related to communication, critical thinking and decision-making to assist clients toward maximum health.