Joint MPPM/Doctor of Nursing Practice

There is a real and increasingly urgent need for nursing professionals to have a strong understanding of nonprofit management techniques and international development strategies, particularly if they seek employment in not-for-profit hospital systems or charitable organizations that provide health care services to underdeveloped communities at home or abroad.


The University of Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned to train leaders for such positions. GSPIA is nationally renowned as a center for the study of international development, human rights, poverty, and the administration of nonprofit organizations. The School of Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the leading schools of its type in the world, and nurses seek out its graduate programs as a credential of choice to advance their careers. 

The intention of this joint degree program is to enable students who are in the process of acquiring professional training as health care executive leaders to obtain simultaneously a substantial knowledge of public and nonprofit management tools and techniques that will be useful to them in their careers leading healthcare organizations. 

Requirements

Candidates for the joint degree program must have, at the time of admission, at least five years of full-time work experience in positions with supervisory or budgetary responsibility

Applicants will apply separately to both schools, and they must meet all of the usual admissions requirements for both. The schools will make their admissions decisions independently. Any applicant accepted to both schools will have the option of pursuing the joint degree. Applicants may apply to both schools at the same time. Students enrolled in the MPPM program may apply to the DNP before completing their first 24 credits at GSPIA. Students enrolled in the DNP may apply to GSPIA before completing their first 24 credits at the School of Nursing. 

Students may apply to GSPIA at www.gspia.pitt.edu. A complete application to the MPPM program at GSPIA consists of a personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts showing prior undergraduate and graduate-level work. 

Students may apply to the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Health Systems Executive Leadership (HSEL) at www.nursing.pitt.edu/degree-programs/doctor-nursing-practice-dnp/dnp-admission. A complete application to the DNP HSEL program at the School ON consists of a personal essay stating one’s philosophy of nursing, reasons for wanting to study in a particular major or concentration, expectation of the DNP program, and future career goals. This should include a proposed area of interest for the DNP project, current CV or resume, three letters of professional recommendation indicating the reviewer’s support of the student’s ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program, official transcripts showing prior undergraduate and graduate-level work, and official GRE Scores (per Admission Criteria). 

Curriculum Plan

The DNP Health System Executive Leadership and Master of Public Policy and Management curriculum plan includes 37 credits from the School of Nursing and 24 credits from GSPIA.

Below is a sample curriculum plan. Actual courses and sequencing may vary. 

Yr Fall Term Credits Spring Term Credits Summer Term Credits
1

Science of Healthcare Delivery (NUR 3299)

Applied Stats for EBP (NUR 3099)

Public Policy (NUR 3012)

2

 

3

 

2

Research for Evidence Based Practice I (NUR 2000)

Ethics in Healthcare (NUR 3013)

2

1

NUR 3031 Methodologies

Health Promo/ Disease Prevention (NUR 2010)

2

3

2

PIA 2020 Administration of Public Affairs (GPSIA )– meets Org Mgmt & Theory (NURSP 2061) requirement

Elective (GSPIA)

3

 

3

PIA 2104 Financial Management (GSPIA)

PIA 2117 Program Evaluation (GSPIA)

3

3

PIA 2024 Economics for Public Affairs (GSPIA)

meets Fin Mgmt & Econ (NURSP 2091) requirement

Elective (GSPIA)

3

 

3

 

3

PIA 2896 MPPM Policy Seminar (GSPIA)

Elective (GSPIA)

3

 

3

NURSP 2388 Database Mgmt

NUR 3032 Data Analysis for DNP Projects

2

 

2

Introduction to Informatics

NURSP 2075

 

DNP Residency

Administration

NURSP 3097

3

 

 

2

4

Data Analytics & Clinical Systems Design

NURSP 3096

 

Evidence-Based Management & Quality Improvement

(NURSP 3094)

3

 

3

Manuscript Development

(NUR 3052)

 

Leadership in Complex Systems (NURSP 3092)

1

 

3

DNP Residency Administration

(NURSP 3037)

DNP Project Clinical

(NUR 3037)

2

 

1