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DNP – Population Health

The DNP Population Health (DNP-PH) focuses on the health of populations across the lifespan while providing a background in assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Health policy, epidemiology, and health promotion concepts are integrated into the curriculum. Graduates of this program will gain enhanced 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

DNP program delivery is a hybrid of mostly online delivery with key in-classroom dates.  Classrooms are available on campuses at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver; some classrooms are available for some courses at sites in Yakima, Walla Walla and Puyallup. You can expect to attend a minimum of 2 classroom based experiences per semester (there is a maximum of 5 classroom sessions). In addition to classroom based coursework, you will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.  Clinical placements are arranged based on student requests and site availability, at times travel to other cities is required to gain the best experience.

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

Pre-Admission Information



Tami Kelley
Tami Kelley
Graduate Program Coordinator

Washington State University