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Public Health Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery

(Affiliated with Shenandoah University)

Delivering Women's Health
Public Health Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Track
"[Midwives] make healthcare in this country better."
Rachel Marino , MSN '11, RN

The first time Rachel Marino witnessed a birth, she was impressed to see the Hispanic teen mother "so empowered in her delivery" under the care of a midwife. Witnessing the birth is when Marino knew she wanted to be a midwife, too.

But first she went to West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. She set up birth huts in rural villages, giving the women access to clean, safe birthing equipment.

Read Rachel's Story
  • Program

    Program Overview

    The Public Health Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Track prepares graduates who will promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities. The program offers a unique curriculum that includes role development, advanced assessment and management of women's health, and primary women's health throughout the lifespan, while including more than 720 hours of clinical experience in a wide variety of ambulatory and community sites, such as rural and medically underserved healthcare settings.

    This program is offered through a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Shenandoah University Division of Nursing* in Virginia with support from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

    Those who earn a master's degree as a public health nurse and a certificated nurse-midwife:

    • Receive a master of science in nursing from Hopkins and a certificate of endorsement in nurse-midwifery from Shenandoah
    • Are legally able to practice in every state, upon certification
    • Are eligible to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board

    To be given consideration for a Merit Scholarship Award, you must be accepted for admission by March 1. Please note that on average it takes the Admissions Committee approximately one month to reach a decision upon receipt of a completed application.

    * The Nurse-Midwifery Track at Shenandoah University Division of Nursing is fully accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Accreditation Commission of Midwifery Education

  • Program

    Program Requirements

    Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

    The school seeks individuals who will bring to the student body the qualities of scholarship, motivation, and commitment. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant as an individual and will consider both academic potential and personal qualities. Therefore, school records, test scores, recommendations, and essays about goals and interests are important.

    Recommendations about a student's character, intellectual curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and range of extracurricular activities are considered. Admissions committee consists of representatives from both Johns Hopkins University and Shenandoah University.

    Selection factors include:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
    • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member*
    • Written expression of goals
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation

    *Interview with a faculty member may or may not be requested.


    • Undergraduate Statistics

    Transfer of Credit

    Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. The decision is based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions and Student Services along with the complete course syllabus.

    Up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Course work must have been completed within the last five years. Course work at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

    Applicants Who Have Studied Abroad

    International applicants and applicants who have completed courses outside of the United States must submit:

    Information for international applicants
    Office of International Student, Faculty, and Staff Services

  • Curriculum


    This is a 63 credit master's option (with 44 credits taken in the PHN track and 19 in the Midwifery track) may be completed in 7 semesters.

    View Curriculum and Sample Course of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    Billed Expenses (September 2014 - May 2015)

    Tuition:  $34,8241 (full-time fall & spring does not include summer)
    Per credit cost:  $1,451
    Matriculation fee:  $500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,8302
    Health Fee: $450

    Estimated Other Expenses3

    Room and Board: $12,294
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses:  up to $3,366

    1Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester, $17,412.00 per semester
    2All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
    3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

    Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.       

Application Deadline

Fall Entry
December 1

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