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Health Policy Concentration

The academic program includes a rigorous course of study, grounded in real-world clinical experience and relevant research which creates a deep understanding of the factors that shape and influence health related policy decisions.

The academic curriculum includes 13 required health policy credits and six credits of health policy electives.  As part of the 13 required credits, health policy concentration students must complete a field placement.  They must also complete core courses, advanced methods requirements, and one nursing PhD substantive area course.  The BSN-to-PhD curriculum option integrates the health policy concentration with other required Master’s and PhD courses in an accelerated plan of study.  In order for our nation’s health policies to meet the needs of and to be relevant to the people they serve, we need nurse leaders who are willing and able to engage in creating and executing these policies: nurses who have the background, preparation, and ability to develop innovative solutions to urgent problems.

For more information, see the Nursing PhD curriculum page.