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Doctor of Nursing Practice – Population Health

Faculty working with Students: 25
Students: 4
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall 3/15
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Advanced Population Health (DNP APH) is a practice-focused degree that is designed to educate advanced practice nurses to provide direct care to individual patients; manage care for individuals, families, groups and populations; serve as administrators in health care organizations; engage as faculty in nursing programs; develop and implement health policy; and translate research into expert practice.

Admission Requirements:

Click here to go to the College of Nursing’s DNP admission requirements page.


Also, please check out the Steps to Apply page to get started today!


Student Learning Outcomes:

Click here for the student learning outcomes.

Student Opportunities:

The DNP is a new program offered through Washington State University. Presently in the masters in nursing program, 15-20 teaching assistantships per semester are available. HRSA scholarships to qualified disadvantaged full-time students, HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Traineeships, HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Funds and College of Nursing scholarships are available for application.

Career Opportunities:

The Population Health DNP graduate has the skills and competencies to work effectively in regional/systems level leadership for health care organizations or in the faculty/ administrative role (e.g. faculty/director for ADN program) in nursing education.

Faculty Members:

Brown, Fionnuala

Burduli, Ekaterina

Location: Spokane

Chacon, Christina

DePriest, Dawn

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Eti, Deborah

Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.

Research Interests

HPV Vaccine education and uptake
Immunization education
DNP student education
DNP project development
Communicable disease
Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
Contraceptive Management
The role and contributions of the nurse practitioner in health care
Adolescent health
STD prevention and treatment
Public health

Geil, Shelly

Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Research Interests

Pediatric injury research, health services research, head injuries in children & adolescents, occupational injuries among working adolescents, impacts of work on young people, global health.

Hamel, Angela

Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.

Kaplan, Louise, Ph.D.

Research Interests

ARNP prescribing of controlled substances
APRN workforce
ARNP reimbursement
DNP program evaluation
Landscape assessment of readiness for implementation of the family nurse practitioner role in Swaziland
Medical marijuana

Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Research Interests

Interface between public policy and prescribing patterns as they relate to practitioner, patient, and institutional factors”

Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cervical cancer screening health disparity

Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Research Interests

Health literacy, risk communication and health information use, risk messages, environmental and occupational health, population health, underserved and rural populations

Postma, Julie Marie, Ph.D.

Location: Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Research Interests

Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health

Purath, Janet, Ph.D.

Richards, Claire

Sarkinen, Bonnie

Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Location: Spokane

Research Interests

Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.

VanSon, Catherine, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education

Wilson, Marian L, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Pain, self-management programs to assist patients with persistent (chronic) pain, mood disorders, opioid dependency/misuse, addiction.

Wood, Natsuko

Location: Spokane

Contact Information:

Tamara Kelley
WSU Health Sciences Spokane, College of Nursing
SNRS 129, 412 Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202