Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN)

The Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has a population-based focus, with interventions directed to the community or population as a whole. You will develop skills in assessing, planning and evaluating interventions and policies for communities and clinical populations. APHNs bring work as a bridge between clinical health care and public health and prevention initiatives.

The Advanced Public Health Nursing Program emphasizes:

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

Our curriculum builds on education in the following content areas that will lead to improved population outcomes in complex systems:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Systems leadership
  • Policy development
  • Public health sciences

After graduating the APHN program, you will be prepared to function as a public health nursing specialist who develops policies and interventions to improve the health and health care of communities and populations.

Advanced Public Health Nursing Program Quick Facts
Program Type:

Part-Time & Full Time




2.5-3.5 Years

Class Size:



Per credit hour

Career Options

APHN graduates are prepared as leaders for a wide variety of roles, including the following:

  • Program manager/director in community and public health settings, including
  • Home health/hospice
  • Workplace health
  • Local and state health departments
  • School health settings
  • Population health programs
  • Program providing care to vulnerable population, such as people experiencing homelessness, immigrants/refugees, and those lacking medical insurance or access to appropriate care

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, RUSH programs are competitively priced on a local and national level. 

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Attend an information session

Learn more about the Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) program at an online information session.