MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing
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.
The MSN-PHN/MPH program at the Johns Hopkins University prepares and inspires nurses to effectively deliver nursing services in community settings. Offered jointly through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, this degree option 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-PHN/MPH joint 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.
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
- 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 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 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.
Tuition and Other Costs
Billed Expenses (July 2014 - May 2015) Tuition: $56,240* (full-time per year) Per credit cost: $1,480 Matriculation fee: $500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students) Health Insurance: $3,396** Health Fee: $450
Estimated Other Expenses***
Room and Board: $15,026 Books/Supplies: $2,320 Personal Expenses: up to $1,650 Travel Expenses: up to $4,114
*Full-time: 16 credit hours per semester; 6 credits hours summer semester
**All students must have health coverage. Purchase of the School's plan is optional.
***Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.
Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice.
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.