Health Policy Concentration

The Health Policy Concentration offers students the opportunity to analyze and critique health policy issues at local, state, national and international levels. Interested students are exposed to the role and importance of nurses’ engagement in health policies in health care delivery and population health arenas.

The objectives are to 1) assess the policy dimensions of issues in clinical practice, teaching, research and leadership/administration to identify how practice and policy are interrelated 2) develop knowledge on policy theory and advocacy and apply skills to policy areas of interest. 3) recognize the importance of using data and research to informing health policy and advocacy.


Students from all Master’s program specialties are welcome to register for this concentration. The concentration requires that students complete three health policy courses with a minimum of 6 units including one required core health policy course (N253 or S246). See other courses available in this concentration. Courses for the concentration may be taken as satisfactory/ unsatisfactory if desired. An independent study on a policy issue, policy research practicum, or health policy residency may be a substitute for one course.

After the coursework has been taken, students should complete this form to signal completion of the concentration.

Course Schedule Units
N253 Theories of Health Policy Process or S246 Communications & Policy Leadership Fall quarter 3 units each
Two additional courses offered in health policy based on students' interests    

Process for Applying to the Concentration

Students who wish to enroll in this concentration must register their intent to take the concentration by emailing faculty member Ulrike Muench. We also require an email from the academic advisor confirming knowledge of participation and verification that the student is in good academic standing.

Students can also correspond with health policy administrative coordinator, Brandee Woleslagle Blank, when choosing courses and determining how to fit courses into their specialty schedules.


This concentration is led by faculty member Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN. The administrative coordinator is  Brandee Woleslagle Blank