DNP-MPH Concurrent Degree

Effective immediately, the Population Health Nursing track is now called Population Health & Systems Leadership. This name change better reflects the focus of the track; there are no changes to the curriculum. Contact if you have any questions.

Nurses interested in advanced multi-disciplinary training necessary for global and population health practice can apply for our concurrent Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Population Health & Systems Leadership (PHSL) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health.

Become a leader in population health

Our PHSL track in the DNP degree program is designed for nurses who are interested in improving population health, healthcare, and community systems in the U.S. and around the world. Our multi-disciplinary curriculum teaches you to:

  • Become a leader to work effectively with diverse stakeholders and communities
  • Use skills in community assessment and engagement, policy and program development and evaluation, budgeting, and management to drive healthy change, policy, and high impact solutions to health problems

Population Health graduates excel in traditional and non-traditional nursing practice roles in different employment sectors, including education, government, and non-profit organizations.

Work for global change

In the Global Health MPH program, you will take a social justice approach to global health, focusing on the:

  • Social, economic, and political determinants of health
  • History and context of global responses to health problems

You will gain hands-on experience with local or international agencies engaged in global health activities, and your curriculum will include faculty and courses across all disciplines, including natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Graduates pursue careers that use a variety of competencies to work among multiple agencies involved in global health, including ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

Program requirements

You must apply to both degree programs. Depending on your primary academic interests, you may begin in either program. Typically students apply to the second program during their first year of study, but you may also apply to both degrees concurrently.

To earn both degrees, you must complete two sets of degree requirements. Up to 12 credits can be shared between both programs when completing them concurrently.

Currently, 63 credits are required for the MPH and 93 are required for the DNP. You may complete a shared thesis/final project (6 credits DNP final project, 9 credits MPH thesis). Practicum experiences may also be combined (24 credits DNP, 3 credits MPH) with projects that contribute to both nursing and global health.

The typical length of study for concurrent degree students is four years, approximately one year less than if students completed the programs separately.

Role of the DNP

Our DNP program prepares you not only for an advanced practice role but also teaches you how to look at cutting-edge research and apply that evidence to your practice.

The DNP program’s additional academic and clinical hours beyond a master’s-level degree gives you a solid foundation to become a leader in the nursing profession. You will work with faculty who are nationally recognized for their research, and also with agencies around the Puget Sound region to gain hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience.

By combining advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of how to evaluate evidence-based research, you are empowered to become a more efficient and effective leader.

National certifications

Graduates of our DNP-PHSL program may be eligible to apply for the following national certifications:


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (