Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Population Health Leadership

Xavier University School of Nursing is delighted to announce the start of a new post-masters degree offering this fall 2014 - the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Population Health Leadership. This is wonderful news for our community and the future of health care delivery as we move to a population health focus within an interprofessional paradigm.

This DNP degree program is a population health-focused post-master’s degree program for nurses from a variety of practice settings to become leaders in addressing the complexity of health care and health care outcomes in the 21st century. Through the lens of the Jesuit tradition, the student will build on a previously earned advanced practice of nursing degree to achieve the highest level of academic preparation that incorporates scientific, philosophical, ethical, and historical perspectives of nursing practice along with a perspective of the complexities of present and future global and holistic health care. Additionally, organizational and systems leadership, population focused healthcare, health policy that includes advocacy in health care, and interprofessional collaboration to address health care outcomes will be considered. The design, implementation, and evaluation of delivery methods that address outcomes to improve the health of the nation will be the capstone focus.

Intense immersion experiences in a variety of environments will occur throughout the curriculum and will focus on integration and application of credible research findings within the evidence base. Innovation to support management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and development and implementation of health policy that will ultimately influence health care outcomes for populations will also be a part of the immersion experience. Using conceptual and analytical skills, students will provide leadership in clinical scholarship, will synthesize relationships among practice, organizations, diverse populations, fiscal resources, and policy concerns to advance the delivery of quality, safe, efficient and effective health care for diverse populations.          

The 40-43 variable credit program will be conducted initially as a face to face educational offering for students who will move through the 8 semester program on a part-time basis. The reason for use of variable credits is due to an epidemiology course that is required of all AACN Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates. MSN graduates who have credit for an equivalent epidemiology course from their master’s curriculum will not be required to repeat the course.  Up to 500 hours of clinical immersion from a master's program will be accepted toward the 1,000 hours required for the DNP.


  1. Integrate the scientific, philosophical, ethical, and historical underpinnings of professional nursing practice from a global and holistic perspective.
  2. Provide organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking.
  3. Provide leadership in clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice.
  4. Utilize information systems/technology and patient care technology for the holistic improvement and transformation of health care.
  5. Influence health care policy for advocacy in health care.
  6. Establish interprofessional collaboration for holistically improving patient and population health outcomes.
  7. Design, implement, and evaluate health care delivery methods for illness prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health.
  8. Utilize conceptual and analytical skills to synthesize relationships among practice, organizations, diverse populations, fiscal resources, and policy concerns and to advance nursing practice.


NURS 900  DNP Foundations (3)
NURS 902  Advanced Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS 903  Nursing Leadership in Complex Population-Based Healthcare Systems (4)
NURS 904  Application of Advanced Research Methodologies (3)
NURS 905  Healthcare Finance and Economics for Nurse Leaders (4)
NURS 906  Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice in Complex Health Systems
NURS 864  Epidemiologic Methods (3)
NURS 908  Health Care Policy (3)
NURS 910  Scholarship of Advanced Application and Innovation (3)
NURS 907  Evaluation and Analysis of Outcomes in Health Care (4)
NURS 911  Advanced Practice Application (4)
NURS 915  Immersion and DNP Project (3)
NURS 917  Immersion and DNP Project (3)


Candidates must have:

  • Obtained an MSN from a CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited school or a master's in a field other than nursing. Candidates with a Master's in a field other than nursing must have a BSN from a CCNE, ACEN or regionally accredited institution.
  • Completed a basic statistics course
  • Completed one year of professional nursing work experience

International applicants must be licensed registered nurses in the United States and must meet all additional requirements for admission to the university

Additional requirements:

  • Unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical experiences will be completed
  • Official transcripts from all previous coursework including diploma program
  • Narrative statement (1-3 pages, single spaced) describing the reasons for seeking doctoral study, short and long
  • term professional goals, narrative of professional experience and discussion of a possible DNP project
  • Published work or paper from previous coursework
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 professional references from faculty or other health professionals with advanced preparation who can
  • evaluate your effectiveness in a graduate nursing program (a standard form is incorporated in the online application)

For further information, contact:
Dr. Cynthia Sublett,, (513) 745-4333


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