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Master of Nursing

Faculty working with Students: 45
Students: 29
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 24.14%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall July 15
  • Spring November 15
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The Master of Nursing Population Health (MN 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: a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in bachelor’s program, completion of a general undergraduate level statistics course, written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus, official transcripts from all previous college work, three letters of reference, successful completion of a written admission interview. Practice/Professional: Curriculum vitae or resume, proof of current, unencumbered Washington State registered nurse (RN) license.

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.

Career Opportunities:

Community nurse educators and administrators.

Faculty Members:

Abshire, Demetrius A, Ph.D.

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

Brinker, Debra Jean, MSN

Research Interests

Leadership and professional development education, pediatrics/pediatric critical care clinical nurse specialist consultation, leadership consultation for individuals, hospital and clinic teams;
interprofessional education/team collaboration, global learning and international programs

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Hahn, Laura Dawn, M.S.

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

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Lungstrom, Naomi L, M.N.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

McPherson, Sterling Marshall, PhD

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.

Obrien, Randi K, M.N.

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.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

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

Spuck, Janet, M.S.

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:

Tamara Kelley
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
509-324-7334
509-324-7336