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Population Health Leadership, DNP

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (QS) San Francisco, CA, United States
The Population Health Leadership program is offered by the University of San Francisco. As the healthcare system moves away from acute-hospital and episode-based delivery models toward the comprehensive management of patient populations, there is an increased demand for highly educated nurses who can provide leadership to analyze population health needs, provide appropriate interventions.
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The drive toward value-based care provides a unique opportunity for nurses with the skills to design, implement, and evaluate new models of care delivery. The patient's transition through the continuum of services must be coordinated for maximum effectiveness.

The Population Health Leadership plan of study in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program offered by the University of San Francisco prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a master's degree for leadership positions in a variety of settings within a rapidly evolving healthcare system. The program will give students the knowledge and skills to lead interprofessional teams and also to provide direct patient care.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Intro Population Health
  • Evidence-Based Scholarship
  • Epidemiology/ Data Analysis 
  • Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Evidence-based Scholarship II 
  • Health Informatics 
  • Practicum I: Intro Community Assessment 
  • Public Health Policy & Ethics
  • Practicum II: Preventive Svcs & Health Promotion

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

    • A completed online application and fee
    • Completion of a master's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. 
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation:
    • A professional résumé
    • Statement of professional goals
    • Documentation of RN license
    For international students only:
    • Certification of Finances form or Letter of Support
    • Bank statement(s) that indicate funds for the total costs
    • A copy of passport copy
    • International Transcripts: Your transcripts need to be in the original language of your university, AND in English translation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1385 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1385 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1385 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1385 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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The School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) is proud to offer a variety of ways to assist in funding your education. SONHP offers scholarships through the School and an assortment of resources for funding opportunities outside of the School. In addition to scholarship funding, students seeking Federal Financial Aid can find more information on the he University's Financial Aid webpage. A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. There are financial aid opportunities available for students. 

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