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MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing

Leading Community Health Reform
Jeane Garcia Davis
"Whether you want to focus on global health, domestic health, or a specific population, you have someone who can be a potential mentor here."
Jeane Garcia Davis , MSN/MPH '10, BS '08, RN

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Jeane Garcia Davis saw what life is like in a village with too few medical resources. "I remember feeling like I needed more information, skills, and resources to really be able to help people," she says.

Read Jeane's Story
  • Program

    Program Overview

    The MSN/MPH program at the Johns Hopkins University prepares and inspires nurses to effectively deliver nursing services in community settings. This dual degree option offered in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health teaches advanced mastery of nursing theory and practice, as well as a population-based, multidisciplinary perspective.

    You'll learn to guide teams in the development of innovative, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate healthcare services for identified high-risk populations, and your management, knowledge, and experience will inform your contributions to public healthcare. In the ever-changing world of community health, you need a clear path to smart solutions. Let Johns Hopkins start you on the journey.

    Those who earn a Hopkins MSN/MPH dual degree:

    • Design, implement, and evaluate behavior change programs for health agencies
    • Find jobs in local, state, and federal agencies, advocacy groups, academic institutions, and faith-based initiatives
    • Influence local and global strategies for health promotion and disease prevention in vulnerable populations

    Graduates of the program receive a single diploma signed by the Deans of the School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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    Program Options

    • MSN/MPH with Public Health Nursing Track

    The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the MSN/MPH with a Nurse Practitioner track and is no longer accepting applications. For currently enrolled students click here for curriculum information for MSN/MPH with NP options. The School of Nursing will continue to offer the MSN/MPH with a Public Health Nursing track only.

    Additional Information

    View the recording of the MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing virtual information session.

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  • 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.

    Selection factors include:

    • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
    • G.P.A. of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
    • GRE scores within the past five years (school code is 5767)
    • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
    • Community service and professional commitment
    • Interview with faculty member*
    • Written expression of goals
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools
    • Current Resume/CV
    • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation (or RN license from compact state)

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


    • Undergraduate Statistics Take at Hopkins Nursing
    • College level course in Quantitative Science (ex. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics)
    • General Biology
    • Health Related Science (ex. Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology) Take at Hopkins Nursing

    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.

  • Curriculum


    Curriculum includes core courses from each master's program and electives allowing students to pursue specific interests. Program includes 500 clinical hours and begins each July. Credit for joint courses and quantitative sciences are applied to both the MSN (credits) and MPH (units) requirements.

    View Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    MSN/MPH Program (July 2015-May 2016)

    Billed Expenses

    Tuition: $58,140* (full-time per year)1
    Per credit cost: $1,530
    Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $3,2742
    Health fee: $395
    Total Billed Expenses: $62,309

    Estimated Other Expenses3

    Room and Board: $15,576
    Books/Supplies: $2,320
    Loan fees: $219
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,650
    Travel Expenses: up to $4,114
    Total Other Expenses: $23,879
    Total Expenses: $86,188

    1Full-time: 16 credit hours per semester; 6 credits hours summer 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. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What time of year does this program begin?

    Program begins in July of each year combining the one-year Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus in Public Health Nursing and the 11-month Master of Public Health (MPH) into 18 months of full-time study. Part-time study is also available.

    What kind of individuals should apply?

    Nurses seeking to integrate advanced nursing practice with population-based public health perspectives and link their clinical and managerial interests with public health to improve delivery of nursing services in various settings.

    What does this program teach me?

    With the joint degree, students acquire complementary skills, knowledge, and perspectives of both disciplines. Graduate work in nursing equips students with advanced mastery of nursing theory and practice, while public health training provides a population-based, multi-disciplinary team perspective.

    What does the coursework look like?

    Two-thirds of the program includes core courses from each master's program; the remaining elective courses allow students to pursue curriculums customized to their specific interests.

Application Deadline

Summer Entry
Still accepting applications for Summer 2017.

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