Population Health (DNP)

Student learning about population health

The DNP Population Health degree (DNP-PH) prepares you to work in community health or public health, improving health care systems and population health. Health policy, epidemiology, and health promotion are core concepts of the program. Students learn how to audit and analyze the effectiveness and scope of community health programs in partnership with other professional disciplines and local organizations. You’ll also enhance your skills in interprofessional collaboration, application of evidence-based practice, health information systems, organizational systems, and leadership.

Before admission

If you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program, you may qualify for the Post-Baccalaureate to DNP-PH.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or another field, and you also have a master’s degree in nursing, anesthesia or midwifery, you may qualify for our Post-Master's to DNP-PH.

Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur. One year of full-time nursing practice is preferred. To learn about other pre-application requirements, visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

After graduation

DNP–PH nurses often work in:

  • Hospitals and health care organizations
  • Public and community health systems
  • Faculty roles in public and private settings