Population Health Leadership, DNP
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 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.
Equipped for the Future
The PHL program, equips you with the skills to:
- Advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists who practice in a variety of settings throughout the continuum of care.
- Case managers and care coordinators who follow a caseload of patients through the continuum of care, providing health education and disease management for patients with complex health problems.
- Public health nurses, school nurses and health educators who manage systems of care for specific groups.
- Community and ambulatory care nurse leaders moving into re-designed systems of care delivery.
- Acute hospital-based nurses who have responsibility for quality and process improvement, infection prevention or health education.
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.
Is This Program For You?
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:
Masters prepared nurse practitioners wanting to complete their DNP and 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.
USF Preceptor Program
The USF Preceptor program helps our mission to provide students with the academic and personal skills necessary for success. Preceptors play a vital role in the education of our students and the continued development of the profession.
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. Students who graduate from the program are also eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.
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.
Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.
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Admissions & Aid
San Francisco, CA 94117