Population Health Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice
As healthcare shifts its focus from individualized health to the health of populations, the demand for nurse leaders with expertise in improvement science and system creation continues to grow.
Healthcare requires skilled, quality leaders who can assess the social determinants of health across populations, provide appropriate delivery models and diverse interventions, improve outcomes, promote wellness, and prevent disease for groups and populations across the lifespan.
USF’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Population Health Leadership program prepares registered nurses (RNs) who hold a master's degree for leadership positions in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. The program will give students evidence-based knowledge and skills to lead interprofessional teams in health and healing improvement for targeted populations within a rapidly evolving healthcare system.
We're now accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please submit your application by Friday, May 15th, 2020.
Why Population Health?
Population Health is defined as “community and/or clinical populations that consider the environmental, occupational, cultural, socio-economic, and other dimensions of health and derives evidence from population-level data and statistics” (Starfield, Hyde, Gervas, & Heath, 2007).
The drive toward value-based care gives qualified nurses the skills and opportunity to evaluate upstream factors and apply nursing and population care concepts and activities to make a difference in healthcare management and population health outcomes.
Population Health Student Outcomes
- Integrate population health principles into the care of individual patients, clinical practices, and the community.
- Collaborate with interprofessional teams to promote health, and prevent disease and injury.
- Contribute to the health systems, public and private, in which they practice.
- Facilitate improvement of health outcomes and reduction of health disparities across the population being served.
Healthcare of the future, whether focused on direct care or indirect care, requires nurses who can manage the health of populations and develop and manage systems of care that span the continuum. Our ideal candidates are:
Nurses with indirect and direct care focus: Case Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community and Ambulatory Care Nurse Leader, Public Health Nurse, School Nurse, Continuum of Care Manager, Infection Prevention, Nurse Faculty, Correctional Health
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.