Program Overview

The Population Health Leadership DNP plan of study prepares students to become leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams that deliver clinical prevention and population health services.

Graduates of this program will promote health and treat and prevent disease and injury for individuals and populations while being advocates for environmental and social justice in the healthcare system.

Program Delivery

The Population Health Leadership DNP program is seven (7) semesters consisting of online and classroom learning during fall, spring, and summer. This plan of study includes 33 didactic credits plus variable practicum credits. Didactic plus practicum credits range from 45-56 credits.

  • Courses are delivered via a hybrid model – an approach that encompasses both in-person teaching and distance learning.
  • Students will be required to attend a one day program orientation on campus. After the orientation, the expectation will be that students meet twice each semester for a synchronous class with a choice to attend either in person or by teleconference. On-line learning will supplement the two synchronous class sessions for the duration of the program.
  • In-class time is supplemented with online coursework through the University's learning management system, Canvas. In addition, students are often able to attend classes by use of a video conferencing tool.

Practicum Hours

DNP students must complete a total of 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice through practicum courses during the program. You are eligible to transfer in up to 500 practicum hours from approved master's level practicum coursework. Practicum work to fulfill the clinical practice requirement can be completed in your work setting or alternative placements. Practicum courses will allow students to operationalize advanced nursing roles specific to direct care or indirect care. Each student will be assigned an adviser/chairperson that will help to facilitate student progress throughout the course of study.

The final semester consists of a DNP Residency immersion experience and completion of a comprehensive evidence-based project that demonstrates achievement of program learning outcomes.

Sample practicum work may include the following

  • Partner with community organizations to promote the health of high risk populations and address screening or health education processes
  • Collaborate with private sector companies to design health and wellness programs
  • Design and implement wellness/health programs for private business or health care systems
  • Manage patient populations within primary care settings (direct care provider or coordination of care transitions)
  • Manage systems for coordination of care throughout the continuum
  • Coordinate patient transitions within acute care and community care settings

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Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-4124