Advanced Population Health 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 Advanced Population Health Nursing and Health Systems Leadership and Informatics.The Advanced Population Health Nursing Program continues the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing’s commitment to health of all citizens in the community and to health promotion and illness prevention.  UIC College of Nursing has long been considered a leader in public health and extends that expertise and preparation for nurses who are improving the health of populations in community, schools, workplaces, social settings, parishes, corrections facilities and within primary and acute care settings.  A Doctor of Science in Nursing (DNP) in Advanced Population Health Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago is suitable for any nurse seeking to be a leader in systems change and health promotion.  The APHN DNP is not a nurse practitioner, so courses in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and individual health assessment and physical exam are not required. 

Advanced Population Health Nursing is in high demand in the era of health care reform.  Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are incentivized to keep clients healthy and reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits.  The APHN DNP is a leader in changing America’s sick care system into a true health care system.  The Advanced Population Health Nurse ensures that healthy choices are the easy choices where people live, learn, play and work.  Students experience practicum hours in a wide variety of settings:  public health departments, non-profits, professional associations, inter-professional settings, governmental agencies, schools, universities, and community/ population health departments of acute care hospitals and large health care systems.

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Program Information

Program of Study
- Required courses for program.

The Advanced Population Health Nursing (APHN) specialty is within the Department of Health Systems Science (HSS) of the College of Nursing. This study option prepares advanced population health 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 integrates excellence in academic preparation with the equally important development of skills in community and population health assessment, evidence based population interventions and program planning, program evaluation, and influencing, creating and implementing policy. 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 APHN DNP program you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the specialty competencies needed for doctoral practice in advanced population health nursing
  • 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

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APHN DNP graduates meet requirements to sit for Advanced Public Health Nursing  (APHN-BC) national certification offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The APHN-BC certification is earned by submitting a portfolio of population health practice following 2000 hours of clinical practice following graduation.  Recent graduates are influencing health care outcomes for individuals, families and populations practicing in institutions of higher education, hospital settings, governmental agencies, advocacy organizations, nursing and health care associations, accrediting bodies, schools, faith based organizations, occupational health and corporate settings, community mental health centers, and foundations.