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College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Offers New Online Programs

Howard will begin offering Master of Health Administration and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs online.

Nursing students in blue uniforms

photo by Zoe Coker

The Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS) is scheduled to launch two online degree programs in 2024.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs will equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to lead in today’s dynamic and intricate healthcare landscape while providing a flexible learning experience.

Howard University is the only historically Black college and university (HBCU) in the D.C. area to offer a fully online MHA program. Although the healthcare workforce has become increasingly diverse, the American College of Healthcare Executives continues to emphasize the underrepresentation of racially and ethnically diverse employees in top healthcare leadership positions. Howard MHA online program seeks to challenge this status quo by producing graduates who are accomplished scholars and insightful practitioners, mirroring our diverse community. 

Howard’s online DNP program is similarly designed to address healthcare disparities among underserved communities of color, specifically focusing on mental health and integrative healthcare requirements in our contemporary society. The DNP program offers two distinct concentrations for nurses holding a master’s degree - a generic DNP and a psych-mental health nurse practitioner DNP. Comprising 38 credits, students can choose between full-time and part-time enrollment options. Additionally, Howard University offers scholarship opportunities to support students.

MHA and DNP programs often disregard representation from minority communities. Kyrone Davis, EdD, assistant professor and chair of health management for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, believes the Howard programs will help with these efforts.

“To change the face of healthcare, we must change the ‘face’ of healthcare,” Davis said. “We know the systemic challenges that are at play and this program underscores the pivotal role of educational institutions in addressing them.”

To learn more, please visit https://provost.howard.edu/DOL/Online-Programs.

This story appears in the Winter 2024 issue.
Article ID: 1856

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