Sep 22, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Population Health Leadership, D.N.P.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (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 builds on a previously earned master’s 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 is the DNP project focus.  Xavier DNP graduates will be well positioned for translating the science of population health nursing as nurse leaders in an ever-changing global health care environment.

Intense immersion experiences in a variety of environments occur throughout the curriculum and 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 is also a part of the immersion experience. Using conceptual and analytical skills, students provide leadership in clinical scholarship and 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 hour program is a 100% on line educational offering with a campus-based orientation prior to the beginning of the first fall semester.  Students move through the 8 semester program taking 3 to 7 credits per semester. Variable credits are 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 approved credit for an equivalent epidemiology course from their master’s curriculum are not required to repeat the course.  Up to 500 hours of clinical immersion from a master’s program and/or advanced certification may be accepted toward the 1000 clinical immersion hours required for the DNP.

Application requirements and how to apply:



Program Objectives

  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 improvements 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.


Course scheduling is designed to enable students to take two courses per semester for the first five semesters, followed by one course for three semesters during the DNP project completion.


  • NURS 864 Epidemiologic Methods

  • 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 (3)

  • NURS 907 Evaluation and Analysis of Outcomes in Health Care (4)

  • NURS 908 Health Care Policy (3)

  • NURS 910 Scholarship of Advanced Application and Innovation (3)

  • NURS 911 Advanced Practice Application (4)

  • NURS 915 Immersion and DNP Project I (3)

  • NURS 917 Immersion and DNP Project II (3)

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