School of Nursing & Health Professions
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As the healthcare system moves away from acute-hospital and episode-based delivery models toward the comprehensive management of patient populations, there is an increased demand for highly educated nurses who can provide leadership to analyze population health needs, provide appropriate interventions, and improve outcomes.
The drive toward value-based care provides a unique opportunity for nurses with the skills to design, implement, and evaluate new models of care delivery. The patient's transition through the continuum of services must be coordinated for maximum effectiveness.
The Population Health Leadership plan of study in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a master's degree for leadership positions in a variety of settings within a rapidly evolving healthcare system. The program will give students the knowledge and skills to lead interprofessional teams and also to provide direct patient care.
We're now accepting applications for Fall 2019. Please submit your application by Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.
Population Health is defined as “inclusive of aggregates, community, and/or clinical populations that consider the environmental, occupational, and cultural, socio-economic and other dimensions of health and derives evidence from population-level data and statistics” (Starfield, Hyde, Gervas, & Heath, 2007).
Healthcare of the future, whether focused on direct care or indirect care, requires competency to manage the health of populations and to develop and manage systems of care that span the continuum.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Each DNP degree concentration (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Population Health Leadership and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP degree program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the DNP. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination and complete an evidence-based practice project.
USF is accepting applications from residents in specific U.S. states and territories for enrollment into our 100% online degree programs. Please check www.usfca.edu/state-auth for a list of the states and territories from which we can enroll residents in our 100% online degree programs. Programs are only considered to be 100% online degree programs if they have no physical presence (classes, fieldwork, or otherwise) in those states or territories.