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Washington State University

DNP – 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.

Two pathways are available:

Post-baccalaureate DNP-PH
Post-master’s DNP-PH

Multiple Campus Locations

The program is offered at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver.

Program Delivery

The program is considered “hybrid” with most of the instruction offered online, and required attendance in scheduled classroom time on your campus of registration. In-person class sessions are scheduled so that students can attend each of their courses in a 1-2 day block. Classrooms are available on campuses at WSU Spokane Health Sciences, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver; some classrooms are available for some courses at sites in Yakima, Walla Walla and Puyallup. Some classes have lab skills time required in addition to online and classroom-based instructions. In addition, you will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across Washington, north Idaho and north Oregon. Clinical placements are arranged based on site/preceptor availability with input from student requests. All students, nurse practitioner students in particular, will be required to travel at times outside their home community for clinical placement. Lastly, the program may require additional attendance on a campus for specific events that promote the outcomes of the program.

Flexible Scheduling

Full and part-time study options are offered allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. If you are a bachelor’s-prepared student attending full-time, you will complete the program in about 3-4 years. If you attend part-time, you will likely complete the degree requirements in 4-5 years.

Admission Criteria

Please visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

Research and Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact an advisor at your site.

Career Settings

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