Post-Masters in Nursing: Health Policy & Public Health



General requirements and an overview of the Post-Master's certificate program can be found at the School of Nursing's Post Master's Admissions page

The Post-Masters Nursing Program in Health Policy & Public Health can be completed over 3-4 quarters depending upon student preference and will total 29-32 units.  The required coursework may include the following upon advisement:

Fall Courses

  • S206  Commercial Determinants of Health - Course examines the positive and negative contributions of corporate entities to health, health care and health policy within the U.S. and globally, focusing on developing critical thinking and policy analysis skills related to system-level structural-economic factors that influence health.
  • S236 Race/Class Factors in Health Care Delivery - Course examines racial and class membership impact on access to health care services, variations in the quality of those services, variations in the quality of those services, and how professional and subprofessional roles in the health care system are organized along racial and class lines.
  • N215 Advance Public Health Nursing - Course focuses on the foundations of advanced public health nursing to promote and protect the public’s health, taking into consideration socioecological contextual factors that influence diverse populations and their interface with community and public health systems.
  • N212C Principles and Methods of Epidemiology - This course covers the essential concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiologic research. Content includes key features of descriptive and analytic epidemiology, measures of risk, measures of association, causal inferences, and study designs. The course will emphasize application of the principles and methods in reviewing and using epidemiologic knowledge and research findings and in guiding practice and research. (COM HL SYS)
  • N253 Theories of the Health Policy Process - Course focuses on learning and using theories of the policy process, including analyzing how health policy problems are constructed. Perspectives on agenda setting, media roles, advocacy, policy innovation, diffusion, and implementation will be integrated with examples of policy problems.

Winter Courses

  • S210 Proseminar in Health Policy - Seminar to extend knowledge of the varied scope of health policy research and analysis. The focus will be on specific policy research, analysis and implementation strategies
  • S246 Communications and Policy Leadership - Course focuses on developing students' skills in various types of policy-relevant communications and leadership across different policy venues.
  • S284 Health Care Economics -Course examines basic economic theory as applied to the health care sector. This will include the structure of health care service and labor markets and the analysis of critical economic and cost issues relevant to public policy
  • N215.01 Global Health Interventions - Course will increase learners’ capacities to identify potential health promotion opportunities and prevention problems in vulnerable communities, create a partnership with community members, formulate plans to identify potential health promotion opportunities and the deep roots of health problems, and write proposals to obtain funding that will support activities for community-based health projects.
  • N233A: Foundations of Research, Data Analytics and Analysis I  - Foundational 2-course sequence (N233A/B) for students to engage in scholarly activity using data for informed evidence-based policy and decision making. In N233A, students will learn to identify key components of the research process, prepare and manage data for analysis, conduct and interpret descriptive analyses. Followed by 233B.
  • N294D Essentials of Human Genomics - Course will focus on clinical practice, scientific, technologic, social, policy, and regulatory aspects of genomics in clinical practice. The course will provide an introductory survey of these topics aligned with the Essential Competencies in Genomics for Advanced Practice Nurses.

Spring Courses

  • S225 Organizational Analysis of US Healthcare - Course examines formal organizational theory, structure, and processes for health care organizations. The focus is on how organizations function within the socioeconomic and political environment in the United States.
  • S235: The Policy Process: Examples from Tobacco Control - Focuses on developing students’ understanding of key issues in and evolution of tobacco control policies in the US and globally. Lectures and readings in the history of tobacco control, policies to address tobacco use and addiction. Prepares students to engage in weekly discussions and prepare case studies of tobacco control policies. Will help students draw lessons from tobacco control policy development and implementation that are applicable to other health policy arenas.​
  • N233B: Foundations of Research, Data Analytics and Analysis II - Foundational 2-course sequence. Course builds upon the skills of N233A towards preparing students to engage in scholarly activity using data to inform evidence-based policy & decision making. Includes managing data for analysis, applying statistical software to conduct descriptive statistics and regression analyses, preparing results for dissemination, and critiquing strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative studies in the health policy/public health literature.
  • N245A Clinical Prevention and Population Health - Course focuses on the history of genetics, basic human and molecular genetics, an introduction to genetic variation (SNPs, etc.), patterns of inheritance, multifactorial inheritance and common diseases, influences of gene action and expression, clinical cytogenics, the Human Genome Project, genetics terminology, and molecular biology laboratory methods.
  • N261 Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice - This course focuses on climate change and how it impacts on health, equity, and issues of social (i.e., environmental, economic, and racial) justice. Students will engage in active learning including student group projects in community engagement, creating policy briefs, and conducting advocacy at a local, national, or global level.


  • 240 hours of  Health Policy or Public Health Residency
  • and/or 60 hours Health Policy Research Practicum