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.
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.
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.
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. Online 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.
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The DNP program can take from 2 to 4.5 years to complete depending on both your program track and your current degree level.
Executive Leadership (for nurses with a master’s degree only): 2 years to complete.
Population Health Leadership (for nurses with a master’s degree only): 7 semesters to complete.
Nurse Practitioner Programs - (for nurses with BSN or higher): 4- 4.5 years with a Bachelor's degree | 2 - 3 years with a Master’s degree.
Students will be able to pursue their degrees without having to put their professional life on hold. Course delivery options may vary based on DNP program.
Executive Leadership: Students meet twice a semester for two days in an intensive meeting format in San Francisco.
Population Health Leadership: 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, students meet twice each semester for a synchronous class, with a choice to attend it either in person or by teleconference. Online learning will supplement the two synchronous class sessions for the duration of the program.
Family Nurse Practitioner DNP & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP: Students attend classes twice a month on - Fridays (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), called Teaching Weekends.