Doctor of Nursing Practice – Population Health
- Fall 4/15
- Spokane: Yes
- Tri-Cities: Yes
- Vancouver: Yes
- 550 TOEFL Minimum score
- 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
- 7 IELTS Minimum score
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.
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 preferred, curriculum vitae or resume, for U.S. Residents, current Washington State or state of residence 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 Outcomes:
All graduates will be able to:
- Develop, evaluate, and apply scientific theories of health, illness, and human behavior to strategies and interventions.
- Lead in the vision, development, implementation, and evaluation of care delivery approaches that ensure ethical stewardship, accountability, quality, and patient safety.
- Translate evidence-based research into practice.
- Integrate, evaluate, and apply new knowledge and technology in advanced practice, administration, and education.
- 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.
- Provide leadership in collaborative efforts among health professionals and with clients and community partners.
- 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.
- Apply advanced clinical judgment and accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations.
- Demonstrate mastery of professional competencies leading to certification within a practice specialty.
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.
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.
Banasik, Jacquelyn Lou, Ph.D.
Carollo, Sandy, Ph.D.
Effective communication with an emphasis on developing health literacy to impact disease prevention and intervention for optimal outcomes.
Davis, Andra, Ph.D.
Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.
Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.
Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.
Rural health, global climate change, and public health
Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.
HPV Vaccine education and uptake
DNP student education
DNP project development
Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
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STD prevention and treatment
Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.
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.
Oncology, cancer survivorship, health-related quality of life, demands of illness, alternative therapies for cancer, mixed methods research designs.
Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.
Holliday, Carrie, Ph.D.
Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide assessment and risk management, substance abuse, adolescent mental health, vulnerable populations
Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.
Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.
Interface between public policy and prescribing patterns as they relate to practitioner, patient, and institutional factors”
Maaks, Dawn Garzon, Ph.D.
Research and scholarly interests include: improving child and family health outcomes in primary care settings; improving the primary care management of pediatric mental health disorders; and preschool injury prevention.
Mason, Anne Michele, D.N.P.
Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.
Cervical cancer screening health disparity
Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.
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.
Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health
Purath, Janet, Ph.D.
Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.
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.
Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Smart, Denise, D.P.H.
Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.
Van_Son, Catherine, Ph.D.
Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education
Wilson, Marian L, Ph.D.
Pain, self-management programs to assist patients with persistent (chronic) pain, mood disorders, opioid dependency/misuse, addiction.