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Systems, Populations & Leadership Path

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This pathway consists of an MSN degree and a post-Master's DNP degree. There are also a number of certificate programs in this pathway.
 

Master of Science in Nursing

Systems, Populations and Leadership 

This Master of Science of Nursing program prepares students to lead and effect change in a variety of complex organizations and environments to improve health outcomes across the life-span and continuum of care. Focus areas within this program are:
  • health informatics
  • leadership
  • population health

Post-Masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice

This degree will prepare you to translate evidence into practice in a variety of complex settings, such as health systems, communities, and primary care. Our graduates lead changes in health care delivery and impact public policy. As a result, they are highly sought after by the world’s best health systems, and are inspired to make a meaningful impact on health outcomes.
 

Applying

Find out information on admission requirements and how to applyCandidates enter the DNP program after completing an MS or MSN. Speak to an academic advisor about what your particular DNP program would look like. 
 
Scholarships are available for DNP students. These scholarship differ based on residency (in-state or out-of-state) and enrollment status. Please contact us for more information. 
 

Program Focus

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused doctoral program designed to prepare expert nurse clinicians and executive leaders for the highest level of practice to improve health and health care outcomes. The emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice, applying research processes to decision-making, and translating research findings to increase the effectiveness of both direct and indirect patient care outcomes.
 
The major focus of the DNP program of study is to prepare nurse leaders at the highest level of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes and translate research into practice. Students focus on improving care delivery and health outcomes of patients, families, and populations. In contrast, the major focus of the PhD program is to prepare nurses as leading researchers/investigators who advance discoveries in nursing and health sciences. 

 

Program Objectives of the Post-Masters DNP

Graduates of the program will meet outcome competencies and upon completion of the program will be able to:
  • Design and evaluate new models of care based on integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and related disciplines
  • Translate evidence to guide practice and improve outcomes of care
  • Analyze data which predicts and explains variations in practice
  • Provide inter-professional leadership within an increasing complex health care delivery system
  • Prepare leaders to use information systems and technology to support and improve patient care and health care systems
  • Prepare leaders to direct and deliver high quality, cost-effective care
  • Shape health policy and systems of health care in the local, regional, state, national, and international forums
  • Perform independently at the most advanced level of ethical specialty nursing practice

Post-Masters DNP Residency

DNP students must meet a minimum 1,000 hours of advanced clinical experience. Up to 500 of these hours may be counted from the students prior Master's degree work.
 

Scholarly Project

DNP candidates will prepare a scholarly project that demonstrates a synthesis of the student’s abilities, lay the groundwork for future practice scholarship and demonstrate mastery of an advanced practice specialty. 
 

Post-Masters DNP Curriculum

The post-Master’s DNP program is specifically designed to prepare experts in leadership, systems, and population health. The curriculum is a web-blended. Students are required to attend class on-campus two consecutive days per month (see dates below); additional course time is in synchronous and asynchronous format. The program has a fall term start date. Admitted students are offered a two year or three year program plan of study.
 
  • N800 Graduate Statistics for Advanced Practice and Research (3 credits)
  • N802 Epidemiology for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • N803 Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (1 credit)
  • N811 Health Informatics (3 credits)
  • N812 Clinical Leadership in Complex Systems (4 credits)
  • N815 Quality and Safety (3 credits)
  • N816 Policy Analysis and Transformation in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • N900 Research Synthesis (4 credits)
  • N910 Translation, Implementation, Effectiveness (3 credits)
  • N950 DNP Residency (3-6 credits)
  • N955 DNP Scholarly Project (5 credits)

 

Sample Plans of Study for Post-Master's DNP Students

 

3 Year Program Plan

Year
1
Fall TermCreditsWinter TermCreditsSpring / Summer TermCredits
N802: Introduction to Epidemiology3N800: Graduate Statistics for Advanced Practice and Research3N910: Translation, Implementation, Effectiveness3
N900: Research Synthesis4N812: Clinical Leadership in Complex Systems4  
Total Credits7Total Credits7Total Credits3
 
Year 2Fall TermCreditsWinter TermCreditsSpring / Summer TermCredits
N815: Quality and Safety3N816: Policy Analysis, Transformation3N950: Residency1-3
N811: Health Informatics3N950: Residency1-3N955: Scholarly Project1
N803: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship1    
Total Credits7Total Credits4-6Total Credits2-4
 
Year
3
Fall TermCreditsWinter TermCreditsSpring / Summer TermCredits
N950: Residency1-3N950: Residency1-3  
N955: Scholarly Project 2N955: Scholarly Project2  
Total Credits3-5Total Credits3-5
 

 

2 Year Program Plan

Year
1
Fall TermCreditsWinter TermCreditsSpring / Summer TermCredits
N802: Introduction to Epidemiology3N800: Graduate Statistics for Advanced Practice and Research3N910: Translation, Implementation, Effectiveness3
N900: Research Synthesis4N812: Clinical Leadership in Complex Systems4 N950: Residency 1-3
N811: Health Informatics3N816: Policy Analysis, Transformation3N955: Scholarly Project 1
Total Credits10Total Credits10Total Credits5-7
 
Year
2
Fall TermCreditsWinter TermCreditsSpring / Summer TermCredits
N815: Quality and Safety 3N955: Scholarly Project2  
N995: Scholarly Project2N950: Residency1-3  
N950: Residency1-3    
N803: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship1   
 Total Credits7-9Total Credits3-6 

On-Campus Dates

Fall 2016September 15-16; October 13-14; November 10-11; December 8-9
Winter 2017January 12-13; February 9-10; March 16-17; April 13-14
Sp/Su 2017May 4-5; June 1-2; July 6-7; August 3-4
Fall 2017September 14-15; October 12-13; November 9-10; December 7-8
Winter 2018January 11-12; February 8-9; March 8-9; April 13-14

 

Post-Masters DNP Accreditation

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the U-M School of Nursing is accredited through June 30, 2019 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Ste. 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791