Propel your career in public health

UC College of Nursing's Public Health Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice online program prepares bachelor's-educated nurses for the highest level of public health nursing practice, developing leaders who can identify and drive systemic changes that improve the health of their communities.

Why Choose UC's Program?

  • Offered 100% online with full- and part-time options
  • Designed to prepare graduates for senior leadership roles in public health nursing
  • Immerses students in public health roles during three practicums
  • Taught by doctorally prepared faculty who are practicing nurses
  • Offered at a cost lower than most other renowned DNP programs
  • Offered by a college with a long-standing commitment to eliminating health disparities and modeling inclusive excellence in culture, curriculum and research

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Our practicums are designed to immerse you in public health roles where you can apply the skills and knowledge developed in the program.

Practicum I focuses on population health care service delivery. You will work with an organization to critically appraise its funding, structure and history and assist with a project related to evaluation, assessment, funding and/or care delivery.

Practicum II focuses on integrating theory and evidence-based leadership models to implement and evaluate effective interventions for populations. You will address an identified population-focused clinical problem by partnering with an organization to develop and implement interventions.

Practicum III centers on evaluation of the effectiveness of public health interventions/programs. You will incorporate previous coursework to complete a culminating project focused on the evaluation of a new or pre-existing intervention or program.

Courses related to the public health nursing specialty include:

  • Principles of Public Health Negotiation and Mediation
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Principles of Public Health Ethics, Equity, and Advocacy
  • Leveraging Analytics and Business Intelligence Tools for Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Epidemiological Methods in Healthcare
  • Informatics for DNP Practice

The Public Health Nursing DNP online requires eight semesters of study. Full- and part-time options are available and course scheduling is flexible.

Demand for public health nurses is expected to grow significantly in the U.S. in the coming decade due to the increasing frequency of natural disasters, public health emergencies, an aging population and a pressing need to address growing health inequities.

Beautiful mid adult African American nurse or doctor checks a young male patient's temperature. She is volunteering at a free outdoor clinic. She is wearing a stethoscope and scrubs.