Health Systems Leadership

Graduates of this program go on to lead healthcare systems in multiple settings, from hospitals to government to nonprofits.

The Health Systems Leadership DNP program prepares nurses to lead complex healthcare systems in multiple settings, including primary care, acute care, academic, professional, governmental, accrediting agencies, and nonprofits. HSL graduates focus on high-quality care delivery in the most efficient manner with the highest outcomes.

Health Systems Leadership DNP graduates are in great demand as organizations seek to ensure high-quality care is delivered in the most efficient manner with the highest outcomes. The HSL DNPs are leaders in changing systems, implementing evidence-based practices, and creating highly reliable, data-driven organizations.

About the HSL and APHN doctoral programs at UIC

Watch to learn about the Health Systems Leadership DNP focus area, as well as the Advanced Population Health Nursing DNP focus area, here 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.

Required courses for the program

  • Where you'll study

    Practicum sites and highly qualified preceptors are arranged for students by dedicated faculty. Students experience practicum hours in a variety of settings, including:

    • primary care settings
    • acute care hospitals
    • large healthcare systems
    • accrediting agencies
    • professional associations
    • interprofessional settings
  • 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

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Certification

HSL DNP graduates meet requirements to sit for a variety of national certifications offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.  Recent graduates are leading and influencing health care systems, institutions of higher education, advocacy organizations, nursing and health care associations, accrediting bodies.  The degree prepares students for roles in quality improvement, nursing and health care management, informatics, nurse leader and nurse executive positions.

Sheryl L Stogis, DrPH

Director, Health Systems Leadership