Subject: Family and Community Health

Scientific Area:



96 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - To understand the evolution of the family concept and its social, economic, cultural and political implications;
2 - To understand the concept of family health in interaction with the environment;
3 - To understand the concept of community health in interaction with service and care contexts;
4 - To identify community resources that constitute a support network for the person and family;
5 - To classify families according to their typology and stage of the life cycle;
6 - To understand the family and community context as a conditioner of lifestyle;
7 - To understand the family as the main context of choice for the provision of services and care;
8 - To identify vulnerable family and community contexts.


1 - Evolution of family and community concepts and their importance in social, economic, cultural and political development;
2 - Family and community concepts;
3 - Family and community contexts as conditions of the person and the family's health;
4 - Determinants of family and community health;
5 - Favorable contexts for family and community health;
6 - Vulnerable family and community contexts;
7 - Citizenship in health.


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Hanson, S. M. H., Geralfy-Duffy, V., Kaakinen, J. R. & Coehlo, D.P. , 2010 , Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research (4th ed.) , Philadelphia: Davis Company.
Hanson, S.M.H. , 2005 , Enfermagem de Cuidados de Saúde à Família , Lisboa: Lusociência
Harkness, G. H. & DeMarco, R. F. , 2012 , Community and public health nursing: evidence for practice , Philadelphia: Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins. Maurer, F. A. & Smith, C. A. , 2013 , Community/public health nursing practice: health for families and populations , St. Louis: S. Elsevier
Stanhope, M.; Lancaster, J. , 2011 , Enfermagem de Saúde Pública. Cuidados de Saúde na Comunidade Centrados na População (7. ª ed.) , Lisboa: Lusociência
Wright, L.; Leahey, M. , 2009 , Enfermeiras e Famílias: Um Guia para Avaliação e Intervençao na Familia (4. ª ed.) , S. Paulo: Roca

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Classification Type: Quantitative (0-20) Evaluation according to model B of the UMa learning assessment regulation, notably in normal season: 1 frequency (40%), 2 group work (30% each). The approval of the curricular unit implies approval in all components (minimum 9.5 values). There is a possibility of recovery at a time of resource/improvement or special. The final classification is expressed on the scale of 0 to 20 values and is the responsibility of the teacher.