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Shape Healthier Communities With Our Population Health Specialization

In the PhD in Nursing Population Health specialization, you’ll develop a broader, interdisciplinary approach to the promotion of health for communities and populations. Threaded throughout the curriculum is an emphasis on social change. Focus your studies and research on topics that align with your passion and with the needs of specific populations. Prepare to make a positive, sustainable difference in the quality of nursing care and in the nursing profession as a whole.

Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Broaden your perspective on healthcare improvements through interdisciplinary coursework in population health and public health.

Interactive Learning

Immersive learning experiences such as virtual simulations, case studies, and robust media bring greater dimension to course topics.

Doctoral Degree Coach™

Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished.

BSN to PhD Path

Whether you hold a BSN or an MSN degree, you’re ready to start your online PhD in Nursing journey.

PROGRAM SAVINGS

Receive up to a $5,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on June 28, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your bachelor’s in nursing degree.

Choose the MSN to DNP track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have earned your master’s in nursing degree.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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PROGRAM SAVINGS

Receive up to a $5,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on June 28, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-PhD): To be considered for this doctoral program track, you must have a current, active RN license, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent from an accredited school, and meet the general admission requirements.

Program Admission Considerations (MSN-PhD): To be considered for this doctoral program track, you must have a current, active RN license, a Master of Science in Nursing or higher from an accredited school, and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements:Completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Gain the Skills to Improve Healthcare Outcomes

In this online PhD in Nursing specialization, you’ll develop leadership skills in community-based assessment, program planning, interventions, and outcomes. Analyze risk factors of disease and learn how to initiate preventive measures by conducting research on community healthcare needs. Explore how data is used to form policy recommendations and draft legislation that promotes the equal distribution of health resources and health risk reduction.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). With deep expertise in online learning, she has developed and implemented curricula for various nursing programs, including a university nurse-midwifery program and nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

  • Leslie Hussey

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Hussey served as a tenured faculty member at several universities, with a teaching and clinical focus on intensive care nursing. She has experience developing and implementing MSN-level practitioner and doctoral program curriculum. Her research interests include chronic disease and health literacy.

  • Joan Hahn

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Hahn’s body of research has led to the development of a health assessment tool for people with intellectual disabilities. She is known as a longtime proponent for addressing the gap in nursing education regarding people with intellectual and other disabilities.

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