Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Dr. Kathy Ogle
The university has suspended the program and is no longer accepting students in this program.
Nursing is the foundation of the U.S. health care workforce. As the largest of the health professions, nurses serve as the primary contact and advocate for patients, families and communities. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the U.S. health care system witnessed a dramatic shift from acute, episodic care of individuals to population-based health. Population-based health focuses on health outcomes and the distribution of these outcomes among population groups. Population-based advanced nursing practice places a priority on keeping people well, reducing health risks, avoiding or managing chronic conditions and assuming accountability for health outcomes. Advanced nursing roles and responsibilities have expanded dramatically with this health care paradigm shift. Nurses are now being called upon to assume expanded roles in influencing population health at all levels, including administration, education, patient care delivery, and health policy. The master's program in population-based health nursing at Towson University prepares advanced nurses at the graduate level to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based population focused health programs, to assume advanced leadership roles in the evolving health care system and to serve as educators to future generations of nurses.
The graduate of the Master of Science program will be able to:
- Incorporate findings from the sciences and humanities to provide advanced nursing care to diverse populations.
- Apply research outcome within the advanced nursing setting to improve care, and resolve problems with an emphasis on population-based health.
- Function as part of an interdisciplinary team to improve health outcomes.
- Integrate the appropriate use of information technology in the delivery of advanced nursing care for diverse populations.
- Apply advocacy skills to influence policies related to nursing and health care.
- Integrate theory, research and practice into a population-based health project.
- Apply advanced nursing knowledge to a policy or political process.
- Demonstrate a leadership role in education and health care settings.
- Apply the concepts of continuous quality improvement to the delivery of advanced nursing care and healthcare services.