Advanced Population Health Nursing

Population health nurses serve communities, improving the health and wellness of people who share similar circumstances.

The APHN program prepares nurses to improve the health of populations where people live, learn, play and work. They help to ensure that healthy choices are the easy choices. The program is suitable for any nurse seeking to be a leader in systems change and population-level health promotion. Because it is not a nurse practitioner program, courses in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and individual health assessment and physical exam are not required.

Population health nursing is in high demand as care-delivery systems strive to reduce hospitalizations and ER visits and change America’s sick care system into a true healthcare system. Recent graduates of our program are influencing healthcare outcomes for individuals, families and populations; they practice in institutions of higher education, hospital settings, governmental agencies, advocacy organizations, nursing and healthcare associations, accrediting bodies, schools, faith-based organizations, correctional facilities, occupational health and corporate settings, community mental health centers, and foundations.

About the APHN and HSLI doctoral programs

Watch to learn about the Advanced Population Health Nursing DNP focus area and the Health Systems Leadership and Informatics DNP focus area at UIC, both of which deliver expertise in treating populations, not individual patients. They do not lead to nurse practitioner roles, but rather lead to systems-focused leadership positions.

Program of study: Required courses for the program

  • Where you'll study

    Students experience practicum hours in a variety of settings, including:

    • public health departments
    • nonprofits
    • professional associations
    • interprofessional settings
    • governmental agencies
    • schools, universities
    • community/population health departments of acute care hospitals and large healthcare systems.
  • What you'll learn

    Program graduates are able to:

    • Translate science to influence healthcare policy
    • Implement evidence-based practices to optimize healthcare outcomes and reduce disparities
    • Practice strategic management skills to improve the effectiveness of nursing interventions and health systems outcomes
    • Develop transdisciplinary ventures to create innovative healthcare delivery models
    • Demonstrate fiscal leadership in planning and in management for nursing practice
    • Integrate technology with nursing practice skills to improve quality and accessibility of care

Ready to move ahead? Apply now.

Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS, RN, NCSN, APHA-BC, FNASN, FASHA, FAAN

Director, Advanced Population Health Nursing Program

845 S. Damen Ave., 938 NURS, (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-4370