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Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP


Our Advanced Public Health Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides you with the skills to assess, plan and evaluate interventions for entire populations. 

Advanced public health nurses, or APHNs, are a bridge between clinical health care and public health prevention initiatives. 

You will learn the following to help you improve the health outcomes of populations in complex systems: 

  • Data-based program and policy development 
  • Health promotion and primary prevention 
  • Population assessment and epidemiology 
  • Program management and evaluation 
  • Stakeholder engagement and intervention sustainability 

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Fast Facts: Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP
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Program Type:
Full-Time or Part-Time
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2 1/2 to 3 1/2 Years

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Per Credit Hour
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Our Approach

You learn from faculty who are active practitioners at a top-tier academic medical center, RUSH University Medical Center.

This means many program advisers and clinical faculty are practicing nurse practitioners who have clinical experience that will enrich your learning.

We offer tracks for both bachelor’s and master’s-prepared nurses.

Program Length and Location

Our program is offered full- or part-time. It takes 3 ½ years (part-time) or 2 ½ years (full-time) to complete for students with a bachelor’s degree.

Students with a master’s generally complete the program in three years (part-time).

Most coursework takes place online. Distance learning is not an option for residents of some states.

All students are required to be on campus for the following activities:

  • College and program orientation: Two-days (usually September)
  • DNP project proposal presentation: Two days, just before beginning DNP project implementation (third term of clinical work)
  • DNP project final presentation: Two days (generally) during the last term before graduation

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP program is $1,344 per credit hour.

Learn about student financial aid options.

Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP Career Opportunities

Our graduates are prepared to be leaders in a wide variety of roles. You will be able to act as program managers in the following community and public health settings:

  • Home health/hospice
  • Local and state health departments
  • Population health programs
  • Program providing care to vulnerable population (people experiencing homelessness, immigrants/refugees and people lacking medical insurance or access to health care)
  • School health settings
  • Workplace health

Careers in nursing are expected to grow 40% from 2021-31. This is much faster than the average for other professions.

Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP Faculty
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Elizabeth Miranda
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