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Doctor of Nursing Practice – Population Health

Faculty working with Students: 52
Students: 4
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Population Health (DNP PH) 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:

Education: Post-Baccalaureate DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program; Post-Master’s DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field and a master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission OR a graduate nurse anesthesia degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists OR a graduate nurse-midwifery degree from a program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in bachelor’s, and if applicable, master’s program, written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus, official transcripts from all previous college work. Practice/Professional: One year of full-time nursing practice, curriculum vitae or resume, for U.S. Residents, current Washington State RN licensure. International students are eligible to apply if they are eligible to obtain a current Washington State Registered Nurse (RN) license, which must be obtained prior to enrollment in any clinical or practicum course. International applicants must meet general Graduate School international applicant requirements. References/Interviews: Three letters of reference, a telephone or in-person interview may be required.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

    1. Develop, evaluate, and apply scientific theories of health, illness, and human behavior to strategies and interventions.
    2. Lead in the vision, development, implementation, and evaluation of care delivery approaches that ensure ethical stewardship, accountability, quality, and patient safety.
    3. Translate evidence-based research into practice.
    4. Integrate, evaluate, and apply new knowledge and technology in advanced practice, administration, and education.
    5. Serve as a leader in the development, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policy to advance the nursing profession and to advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical  policies in all aspects of healthcare.
    6. Provide leadership in collaborative efforts among health professionals and with clients and community partners.
    7. Analyze and translate scientific information related to the health of diverse populations to reduce health disparities in urban, rural, and global settings and to transform care delivery  systems to prevent illness and optimize health.
    8. Apply advanced clinical judgment and accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations.
    9. Demonstrate mastery of professional competencies leading to certification within a practice specialty.

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:

Abshire, Demetrius A, Ph.D.

Allen, Carol B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Bailey, Lori A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Exploring the characteristics and socialization needed for nurses to be advocates beyond the bedside, including in health policy and in communities.

Banasik, Jacquelyn Lou, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, PhD

Research Interests

Examining psychosocial risk factors of heart disease, specifically the predictive ability of stress, depression, and anger on traditional heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, adiposity, and dyslipidemia.

Benavides-Vaello, Sandra, Ph.D.

Butterfield, Patricia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental health nursing, Household environmental risk reduction, Occupational and environmental health in rural settings, Conceptual approaches to public health nursing.

Caines, Karen, D.N.P.

Carollo, Sandy, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Effective communication with an emphasis on developing health literacy to impact disease prevention and intervention for optimal outcomes.

Corbett, Cynthia Lou, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Daratha, Kenn B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Davis, Andra, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Interprofessional education

Dekker, Lida Jean, Ed.D.

Research Interests

Exploring the meaning and practice of cultural safety in nursing practice and education.

Dermody, Dana, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, gerontologic nursing, prevention of functional decline in older adults, evidence-based practice in the acute care setting; patient-centered care, care coordination and nursing care delivery, interdisciplinary team, complexity science and translational science. Issues with nurse-documentation in the electronic health record; microsystem and macrosystem factors that contribute to barriers to the integration of evidence-based nursing care delivery; Evidence-based–practice, nursing care delivery in the global context, and the development of partnerships with the international community.

Dewitt-Kamada, Julie A, D.N.P.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.

Doutrich, Dawn Liam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

international nurse educators: what the experts say, and creating a diverse nursing workforce through workforce partnerships.

Dupler, Alice E, J.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Rural health, global climate change, and public health

Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.

Fitzgerald, Cynthia Edith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Fleming, Susan Elaine, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Susan Fleming earned her diploma of nursing at Los Angeles County School of Nursing, and her BSN from Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing. In 2005, she received her MN from University of Washington, Seattle where she earned two certificates: Nurse Educator Certificate and Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate. She is a graduate of the PhD program at Washington State University College of Nursing. She currently teaches N316 Foundations in Nursing and assists Dr. Billie Severtsen with N309 Ethics. She advocates for individuals with disabilities working in healthcare fields and newborns who are born with birth defects. Her clinical practice extends many years primarily working in hospital nursing with mothers and newborns. Her research interest lies in studying technology and the American birth experience. Her goal is to improve nursing practice and health outcomes of mothers and their off springs for generations to come.

Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.

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.

Haberman, Melvin R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Holliday, Carrie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide assessment and risk management, substance abuse, adolescent mental health, vulnerable populations

Howell, Donelle Neco, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Lohan, Janet, Ph.D.

Mason, Anne Michele, D.N.P.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

McPherson, Sterling Marshall, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Director, Program of Excellence in Addictions Research, Associate Director, Providence Medical Research Center: 1) Development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, 2) Behavioral pharmacology, 3) Innovative analytical methods to answer novel research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, 4) Kidney disease and acute kidney injury, mental illness and drug and alcohol use as risk factors.

Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cervical cancer screening health disparity

Nogueras, Debbie J, Ph.D.

Odom-Maryon, Tamara, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Application of statistical methods, with an emphasis on longitudinal data analysis techniques, to health data including studies focusing on nursing interventions, environmental health, and asthma.

Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

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.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Purath, Janet, Ph.D.

Rasmor, Melody Lynn, Ed.D.

Richardson, Barbara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Roll, John Michael, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Human behavioral pharmacology, the development and refinement of behavioral interventions for addiction and other psychiatric disorders, as well as technology transfer issues.

Schiavenato, Martin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Development of tools and methods to measure pain in vulnerable populations, especially newborn infants and pre-school children.

Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethical decision making in health care, life narratives of illness and quality of life, Heideggerian Hermaneutic Phenomenology, and health care policy   

Shaw, Michele Rose, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Son, Catherine Van, Ph.D.

Research Interests

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

Vandermause, Roxanne, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Experiential aspects of women’s addiction as well as completed educational and community health demonstration and evaluation projects

Ward, Linda D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wilson, Marian L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Contact Information:

Darryl Duvall
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
509-324-7241