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Course Overview

Population health is an organized effort to improve the health of a group of people in a similar geographical area or those with a similar disease or health needs. It is described as a bridge between healthcare and public health, representing elements of each area and providing opportunities to use the skills of health professionals in both. This course describes what population health is and explains the role that certified medical assistants have in population health. The content in this course is applicable certified medical assistants.

About the Course Author

Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, is an assistant professor of nursing at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, CCP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has experience across multiple healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR Staff and Charge Nurse; Director of School Health Services/School Nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection Control Practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as an acute care SME Writer in 2017 and Curriculum Designer in 2021, she provided consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas in 1989 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with an emphasis in healthcare administration. 

Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is Director of Nursing at Eating Recovery Center. Previously she was an educator at Centura Health Physician Group in Denver, Colorado where she worked closely with certified medical assistants. She practiced as a CMA for eight years before obtaining RN licensure. She is also a certified nurse executive and has a deep understanding of the educational needs and practice gaps facing medical assistants in the workplace today. Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • American Association of Medical Assistants


    This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 general continuing education unit(s) (approval Clinical/General). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe population health and how it fits into healthcare delivery and reform; Explore population-health practices through a national initiative and related clinical practice settings; Identify the certified medical assistant’s roles in population health
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: The Certified Medical Assistant’s Role in Population Health
    Changing Health Needs and Delivery Models
    Public Health Nursing
    CMAs and Population Health
    Community as Partner
    Relationships Between People and the Environment
    Hypertension: A Big Problem
    Addressing Hypertension Nationally
    Addressing Hypertension Locally
    The Care Coordinator’s Role in Population Health
    The Nurse’s Role in Population Health
    The Affordable Care Act and Population Health
    Evidence-Based Approaches
    Section 3: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Certified Medical Assistants; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.