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DNP in Population Health and Systems Leadership University of Washington



Course info


Our Population Health Nursing (PHN) track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is designed for nurses who are interested in improving population health, healthcare, and community systems in the U.S. and around the world. Our multi-disciplinary curriculum teaches you to:

  • Become a leader to work effectively with diverse stakeholders and communities
  • Use skills in community assessment and engagement, policy and program development and evaluation, budgeting, and management to drive healthy change, policy, and high impact solutions to health problems

Our DNP-PHN alumni describe their career paths as richer and their passion for nursing energized by gaining a solid foundation to be a leader in the nursing profession.

Initially launched in 2008, this is the first post-baccalaureate DNP-PHN curriculum in the Northwest region. A master’s degree is not required to apply.


All Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks are offered as full-time study only.

Our Population Health & Systems Leadership track offers a multi-disciplinary curriculum. With your cohort, you will:

  • Learn to use evidence-informed decision-making models and analytic skills to nimbly respond to pressing societal needs
  • Become equipped with leading-edge, interdisciplinary research to lead sustainable change in community and population health practice
  • Develop skills to serve vulnerable populations and communities through intensive practicum internship
  • Build a professional network from a wide range of disciplines

You can become a specialist in your preferred area of community and population health by focusing your course papers, projects, internship and coursework on your areas of interest in:

  • Global and Cross-Cultural Health; OR
  • Health Systems Transformation; OR
  • Community Engagement for Health Equity

Year one

Year one of the DNP program is offered in a hybrid format (50 percent in-person, 50-percent distance learning), and requires that you be on campus one to two days per week. You will complete core DNP academic classwork with peers across all DNP tracks in the School of Nursing. Content of year one courses includes:


Appraisal and application of evidence to advance practice

Health equity

Health systems and policy

Wellness and health promotion, and

Quality improvement

Year two

Some DNP courses include distance learning methods, but many courses are in-person and require weekly attendance. Your second year includes track-focused classes, seminars, and clinical experiences.

Year three

As in year two, many courses require in-person attendance with some courses including distance learning methods. In the final year of your program, you will continue clinical training.

In addition, you will work with your supervisory committee to complete a DNP final project in collaboration with a local clinical agency or organization. This project is presented in the form of a final examination.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study DNP in Population Health and Systems Leadership.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

$41,607.00 (30,49,768) per year

USD $13,869 for Quarterly tuition fee




University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An in-process or earned bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program (a nursing degree must be completed prior to beginning your program of study)

A minimum 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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