Nursing Health Policy


The Nursing Health Policy specialty focuses on preparing students to provide policy leadership in a variety of settings. Graduates will be prepared to: identify and critically analyze laws, regulations and policies at the institutional, local, state and national levels; use in-depth knowledge of the history, structure, theory and process of health policymaking in the United States; and plan, implement and evaluate policies. In addition, they will understand the economic, ethical and social implications of policy decisions for various affected groups, and be prepared to creatively and effectively advocate for policy change.

More detailed information is available on the Nursing Health Policy website.

Nurses with policy expertise are employed by health services research firms, work in legislative and regulatory offices at the county, state and federal levels, or hold elective or appointed office. Others work in the legislative or policy offices of health maintenance organizations, advocacy organizations, health care companies or health care provider associations, or consult for these and other organizations. One can also find nurses with careers in policy and program planning at international government health organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

For Master of Science and Post-Master's Students  
Is RN experience required? No
Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty N/A
Application deadline June 1, 2022. If space is available, the specialty may continue to admit students after this final deadline.
For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students  
Does this specialty admit MEPN students? Yes. MEPN application deadline: Sept. 10, 2021 (see MEPN program page for how to apply) 


Review the curriculum for this specialty. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Post-Master's Certificate Program

The Post-Master's studies in Health Policy Nursing can be completed over three to four quarters, depending upon student preference, and will total 29 to 32 units. Contact the specialty coordinator for consultation on an individualized post-master's curriculum. More information about the Post-Master's option for this specialty is available on the Nursing Health Policy website. (Please note that post-master's applicants do not need to fulfill a statistics requirement.)


Susan Chapman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN
Stella Bialous, RN, DrPH, FAAN

Contact Us

Specialty Coordinator: Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN
[email protected]

Staff Contact: Brandee Woleslagle
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