The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

DNP Public Health Nurse Leader Role Concentration (PHNL)

The UMass Amherst online Doctor of Nursing Practice Public Health Nurse Leader (DNP-PHNL) specialization prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in a variety of settings. 

Critical Need for Public Health Nurse Leaders

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for nurse leaders who are trained in population-level health assessment and intervention. The need for public health nurse leaders is expected to grow significantly in the coming decade as our society confronts the impacts of infectious diseases, natural disasters, climate change, growing concerns about health disparities and social justice issues, and an aging population with a growing number of patients with chronic and acute conditions.

BS-DNP and Master’s to DNP Pathways

Students may enter the program from the bachelor’s or master’s level.

  • The BS to DNP-PHNL is usually completed in either 4 yrs (full time) or 5 years (part time)
  • The Master’s to DNP-PNHL plan of study is determined based on a transcript review, usually 2-3 years

Admissions

Apply online through the UMass Amherst Graduate School.

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PHNL Four Year Plan of Study

Year 1

FALL YEAR 1

  • N735 Healthcare Informatics – 3 cr.
  • N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.
  • EHS565 Environmental Health Practices -- 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 1

  • HPP601 Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health Ed. -- 3 cr. 
  • N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.
  • N701 Healthcare Quality – 3 cr.

Year 2

SUMMER YEAR 2

  • N605 Scholarly Writing -- 3 cr.
  • N604 Intro to Stats -- 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 2

  • HPP620 Intro to US Health Care System – 3 cr.
  • N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 2

  • N715 Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.
  • N540 Epidemiology for Clinicians -- 3 cr.

Year 3

SUMMER YEAR 3

  • N651 Nursing Ethics, Health Policy and Politics -- 3 cr.
  • N725 Leadership in Health Systems --  3 cr.

FALL YEAR 3

  • N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I – 3 cr.
  • N698G Practicum: Advanced Public HEalth Practice I – 3 cr. 
  • N742 DNP Project I: Defining Evidence for Problems and Solutions -- 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 3

  • N750 Advanced Public Health Nursing II – 3 cr.
  • N798LL Practicum:  Advanced Public Health Practice II -- 3 cr. 
  • N798U DNP Project II Practicum: Evidence Based Proposal Development – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

Year 4

SUMMER YEAR 4

  • N760 Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice  – 3 cr.
  • N798M Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice III – 3 cr. 
  • N798W: DNP Project III –Practicum: DNP Project Proposal Finalization and Approval – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

FALL YEAR 4

  • HPP628 Financial Management of Health Institutions -- 3 cr.
  • N840 DNP Project IV: Project Implementation & Monitoring -- 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

SPRING YEAR 4

  • N898A DNP Project V: DNP Project Completion, Evaluation and Dissemination -- 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

PHNL Five Year Plan of Study

Year 1

FALL YEAR 1

  • N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science – 3 cr.
  • N735 Informatics for Nursing Quality – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 1

  • N630 Research Methodology in Nursing – 3 cr.
  • N701 Health Care Quality -- 3 cr.

Year 2

SUMMER YEAR 2

  • N605 Scholarly Writing – 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 2

  • HPP620 Intro to US Health Care System -- 3 cr.
  • EHS565 Environmental Health Practices – 3 cr.
     

SPRING YEAR 2

  • HPP601 Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health Ed -- 3 cr.
  • N540 Epidemiology for Clinicians – 3 cr.

Year 3

SUMMER YEAR 3

  • N651 Nursing Etihics, Health Policy and Politics -- 3 cr.
  • N604 Intro to Statistics – 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 3

  • HPP628 Financial Management of Health Institutions -- 3 cr.
  • N704 Health Disparities and Social Justice – 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 3

  • N715 Intermediate Biostatistics – 3 cr.

Year 4

SUMMER YEAR 4

  • N725 Leadership in Health Systems  – 3 cr.

FALL YEAR 4

  • N640 Advanced Public Health Nursing I – 3 cr.
  • N698G Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice I – 3 cr. 
  • N742 DNP Project I: Defining Evidence for Problems and Solutions -- 3 cr.

SPRING YEAR 4

  • N670 Advanced Public Health Nursing II – 3 cr.
  • N798LL Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice  -- 3 cr. 
  • N798U DNP Project II Practicum: Evidence Based Proposal Development – 2 cr. (112 contact hours)

Year 5

SUMMER YEAR 5

  • N760 Contemporary Issues ibn Public Health Practice – 3 cr.
  • N798M Practicum: Advanced Public Health Practice III – 3 cr. 
  • N798W: DNP Project III –Practicum: DNP Project Proposal Finalization and Approval – 1 cr. (56 contact hours)

FALL YEAR 5

  • N840 DNP Project IV: Project Implementation & Monitoring -- 3 cr. (168 contact hours)

SUMMER YEAR 5

  • N898A DNP Project V: DNP Project Completion, Evaluation and Dissemination -- 3 cr. (168 contact hours)