Combining theory and practice
Nursing graduate students at Dalhousie receive a varied education, attending seminars, preparing academic papers, conducting research and completing clinical practicums. Graduate studies at Dalhousie’s School of Nursing are guided by a philosophy of primary health care that recognizes the unique strengths of individuals, families and communities.
We stress the five principles defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the 1978 Alma Ata International Conference on Primary Health Care and reaffirmed in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986:
- Accessibility of health care for all people regardless of their geographic location, income, culture, race, gender identity, age, faith tradition.
- Health promotion, injury/illness prevention focus as opposed to illness treatment and curative care focus
- Participation of individuals, families, groups and communities in decisions that affect their health. Such partnerships are grounded in community development, empowerment, client education and informed decision-making, and the belief that informed people and communities make decisions in their own best interest.
- Intersectoral collaboration, which acknowledges that health is determined by social, economic and physical environment factors
- Appropriate technology, which is affordable and accessible to people and communities.