Health Systems Leadership and Informatics Nursing

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UIC Nursing offers two DNP degrees that lead to leadership roles apart from nurse practitioner. View to learn more about our DNP programs in Health Systems Leadership and Informatics and Advanced Population Health Nursing.

The Health Systems Leadership and Informatics (HSLI) Nursing Program within the UIC College of Nursing prepares nurses to be leaders in any setting related to healthcare:  Primary care, acute care settings, academic, professional, governmental, accrediting agencies, and non-profits.  A Doctor of Science in Nursing (DNP) in Health Systems Leadership and Informatics is suitable for any nurse seeking to be a leader in systems change, operations, quality and informatics.  The HSLI DNP is not a nurse practitioner, so courses in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and individual health assessment and physical exam are not required. 

Health Systems Leadership and Informatics DNP graduates are in great demand as organizations seek to ensure quality care is delivered in the most efficient manner with the highest outcomes.  The HSLI DNP is a leader in changing systems and implementing evidence based practices and creating high reliability, data driven orgranizations.  The HSLI students experience practicum hours in a wide variety of settings:  primary care, acute care hospitals and large health care systems, accrediting agencies, professional associations, and inter-professional settings.

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Program Information

Program of Study
- Required courses for program.

The Health Systems Leadership and Informatics (HSLI) specialty is within the Department of Health Systems Science (HSS) of the College of Nursing. This study option prepares health systems leaders on the Chicago campus with students from regional campus areas: Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Quad-Cities, Springfield, and Rockford. The curriculum incorporates both online technology and face-to-face mentoring. The program has integrates excellence in academic preparation with the equally important development of skills in leadership, finance, economics, budgeting, strategic planning, human relations, data analytics, informatics and quality improvement. Faculty assign students to clinical practicum sites that provide highly individualized experiences that enable students to meet learning objectives within a variety of settings and populations.

At completion of the HSLI DNP program you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the specialty competencies needed for doctoral practice in health systems leadership
  • Translate science to influence healthcare policy
  • Implement evidence-based practices to optimize healthcare outcomes and reduce disparities
  • Practice strategic management skills to improve the effectiveness of nursing interventions and health systems outcomes
  • Develop transdisciplinary ventures to create innovative healthcare delivery models
  • Demonstrate fiscal leadership in planning and in management for nursing practice
  • Integrate technology with nursing practice skills to improve quality and accessibility of care

Overview || Program Information || Certification


HSLI DNP graduates meet requirements to sit for a variety of national certifications offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.  Recent graduates are leading and influencing health care systems, institutions of higher education, advocacy organizations, nursing and health care associations, accrediting bodies.  The degree prepares students for roles in quality improvement, nursing and health care management, informatics, nurse leader and nurse executive positions.