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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Policy (post-MSN opportunity)

Embark on a focused, high-powered journey through the underpinnings of the political, executive and judicial processes and strategies essential to effective regulatory and legislative implementation with a DNP in the field of Health Policy. Located three blocks from The White House, our proximity to federal agencies, legislators and policymakers provide an 'only at GW' experience making us the premier destination for health policy conversations.

This unique post-MSN opportunity will teach you how to become a visible nurse leader in the policy arena positioned to improve quality of care, increase access and control cost for patients and population, and learn the tools and strategies to craft meaningful policy solutions.


  • Contribute to actual policymaking processes at the grassroots, state and federal levels in legislative and regulatory environments or within the justice system.
  • Integrate knowledge of finance and health economics principles to policy analysis leading to recommendations related to reimbursement, cost containment, access, and quality of care strategies.
  • Apply a policy analysis framework to interpret the complex and constantly changing health policy landscape of institutional, state and federal politics.
  • Lead the formulation, implementation and evaluation in specific areas of institutional, local, state, federal and international health policy.
  • Integrate health services research and other sources of evidence into policy analysis, formulation, implementation and evaluation to create evidence-informed policy.
  • Build an in-depth understanding of media as a policy stakeholder, analyze media accuracy and bias and engage with traditional and social media platforms to influence policy. 
  • Sharpen media and communication skills that include interviews, oral testimony, public comments, and opinion pieces while shaping policy with local, state and federal decision-makers.
  • Apply a variety of tools and tactics as you explore and apply health care financing and reimbursement principles and strategies to policy solutions.
  • Develop skills to better engage in meaningful and productive dialogues with your colleagues while serving on a board or committee seat.
  • Gain access to a growing array of resources and learning opportunities through the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.


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