Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Policy Specialty Track

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s online Healthcare Policy Specialty Track prepares you for a variety of roles that direct the path of healthcare policies, benefiting patients and the community.

The Healthcare Policy curriculum trains nurses in the research, design and implementation of policies, as well as evaluation of policy outcomes. Coursework includes the foundations of healthcare policy, principles of healthcare systems, politics, economics and policy, global health, and nursing leadership in the public policy arena.

A practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply newly developed skills and theoretical knowledge to real-world practice situations with the support of an experienced leader in the field.

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Healthcare Policy Curriculum

NR-551: Healthcare Systems, Politics & Policy – 3 Credits

This course is an examination of healthcare laws and policy past and present. Healthcare systems and healthcare reform in the United States will be examined. This course will focus on policy development, analysis and implications of policy on healthcare delivery, nursing practice and patient outcomes. Prerequisites: MIS-566 or NR-512, NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506

NR-552: Economics of Healthcare Policy – 3 Credits

This course is an examination of the economics of healthcare on a national and global scale. Current policy involving financing of healthcare, health insurances, environmental and social issues related to health and access to health services will be covered from an economic perspective. The effect of economic policy on patient outcomes and the role of nursing in healthcare economics will be explored. Prerequisite: NR-551

NR-553: Global Health – 3 Credits

This course is an examination of global health and the involvement of nursing in promoting healthy communities. The course begins with an introduction to global health concepts and theories, epidemiology, biostatistics and global demographics. Threats to health are explored including environmental impacts, disease, disasters and violence. Social inequalities and ethical principles are discussed. Prerequisite: NR-552

NR-554: The Nurse Leader & Healthcare Policy – 3 Credits

This course is an examination of roles of the nurse leader in healthcare policy as; researcher, change agent, advocate and activist. This course will focus on shaping and influencing policy to improve patient outcomes and inform practice through nursing research and leadership. Prerequisite: NR-553

NR-650: Healthcare Policy Practicum – 3 Credits  (Theory 0.5, Practicum 2.5)

This course emphasizes the application of policy analysis, economics and leadership theories and concepts in implementation of the role of the nurse leader in healthcare policy. The student will demonstrate the competencies essential to the nurse leader in healthcare policy. The role will be implemented, applied and analyzed in an organizational or legislative setting, in collaboration with a nurse leader responsible for policy management. Evidence-based healthcare policy strategies will be developed and implemented in the selected organizational or legislative environment. Prerequisite: NR-554

NR-660: Capstone – 3 Credits

This capstone course provides an intensive experience in critical analysis, designed to broaden students’ perspectives and provide an opportunity for the integration of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Students must complete a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced knowledge and skills, to address an area of relevance to professional nursing in nursing informatics, leadership or education. Prerequisite: NR-500 and all courses in the specialty track chosen by the student, including the practicum course(s).

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Diana Meeks-Sjostrom"Nurses are the critical conduits to enhancing patient care outcomes and meeting the new demands of healthcare."

Diana Meeks-Sjostrom, PhD, CS, FNP-BC, CNE Chamberlain Associate Professor

Healthcare Policy Career Opportunities

The Healthcare Policy Specialty Track prepares you for roles including:

  • Director of Health Policy & Practice Advocacy
  • Health Services Consultant
  • Health Communications Coordinator
  • Senior Health Care Quality Researcher
  • Research Project Coordinator