Transformative Leadership: Population Health (DNP) Program Details

The focus of the Transformative Leadership: Population Health Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is population-focused, with interventions directed to the population as a whole. All students will gain skills in developing, implementing and evaluating programs, as well as in health policy and leadership to affect change.

This competency-based, online program is available to students across the nation. A unique feature of this program is the structured clinical experiences in your own community or work site. Faculty provide local facilitators with the tools they need to maximize your experience and ensure that you achieve competency on population health skills.

Study Format

Classes are offered online. Typically programs may be completed as follows:

  • The MSN to DNP option for primary care advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can be completed in two and a half years for part-time students.

Sample Plan of Study (APRN)

Campus Visits

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

  • College and Program Orientation - two day on-campus orientation (usually September).
  • DNP Project proposal presentation - done just before beginning DNP project implementation (third term of clinical work) and usually two days.
  • DNP Project final presentation - done in the last term before graduation and usually two days.

Clinical Experiences

The clinical experience for this program consists of 4 terms of clinical in a population health setting. Students may choose to conduct clinical in their own primary care or population health work setting, to highlight the relevance of population health knowledge and skills to primary care. Clinical sites might include federally qualified health centers, school based health centers, or ambulatory care sites.

Each student’s advisor will work with students to acquire clinical practicum placements and site facilitators that meet program requirements. We recommend that you begin planning your clinical practicum experiences early. Rush has been successful in negotiating most distance clinical practicum contracts, but success is not guaranteed. Rush may need to be recognized as a provider by the board of education and the board of nursing in your state. 

Clinical practical hours are a total of 588 clock hours. These hours will be divided over four terms, with the fourth term consisting of a residency, for project implementation. Your DNP project will comprise approximately 75% of these hours, with the remaining hours being used to develop an understanding of the integration of primary care and population health and leadership skills.

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  • Upcoming Application Deadlines
    Fall 2023
    Application: Open
    Deadline: March 6, 2023
    Term Starts: September 5, 2023

    Spring 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline: August 7, 2023
    Term Starts: January 2, 2024
Admissions Contact
Elizabeth Miranda
Admissions Specialist 


Attend an information session

Learn more about the Transformative Leadership: Population Health program at an online information session.