MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing
Leading Community Health Reform
Make an Impact
This joint specialty track prepares the student to integrate advanced nursing practice with population-based public health perspectives. Offered jointly through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, graduate work in nursing equips students with advanced mastery of nursing theory and practice, while public health training provides a population-based, multidisciplinary team perspective. Students learn to guide teams in the development of innovative, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate health care services for identified high-risk populations.
The MSN/MPH is designed specifically for nurses seeking to link their clinical and managerial interests with public health to improve delivery of nursing services in various settings. With the joint degree, students acquire complementary skills, knowledge, and perspective of both disciplines. Examples include: primary prevention, illness prevention, health promotion, and design, delivery, and evaluation of nursing services to diverse communities.
A new assessment methodology to achieve ANCC board certification in advanced public health nursing is in place. Although no exam is required, certification is through a portfolio. Information about the portfolio requirements is available at nursecredentialing.org.
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 health care services for identified high-risk populations, and your management, knowledge, and experience will inform your contributions to public health care. 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.
- 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.
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View a recording of the MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing virtual information session.
Priority Application Deadline
Still accepting applications for Summer 2017.
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Whether you want to focus on global health, domestic health, or a specific population, you have someone who can be a potential mentor here.
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.
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
- GPA 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.
Transfer of CreditsTransfer 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.
Public Health Nursing Track
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.
Core Courses (12 Credits)
- NR.110.500 Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing
- NR.110.503 Applications of Research to Practice
- NR.110.504 Context of Healthcare for Advanced Nursing Practice
- NR.110.560 Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care
NR.500.604 Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions
Joint SON & Public Heath Requirements (12 credits/20 units)
- NR.500.601 Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice
- NR.500.602 Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice - Practicum
- NR.500.605 Public Health Nursing Leadership & Management
NR.500.606 Public Health Nursing Leadership, Management, & Evaluation Capstone Practicum
Qualtitative Sciences (14 credits/34 units)
PH.140.611-612 - Statistical Reasoning in Public Health
PH.140.621-623 - Statistical Methods in Public Health
PH.140.651-654 - Methods in Biostatistics in I-IV
- PH.140.611-612 - Statistical Reasoning in Public Health
Public Health Requirements
- PH.180.601 - Environmental Health
- PH.300.645 - Making Changes Through Policy
- PH.340.601 - Principle of Epidemiology
- PH.550.867 - Introduction to MPH Studies-MPH Individualized Goals and Analysis
- PH.380.753 - Population Dynamics and Public Health
PH.550.860.82 - Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH
Quantitative Sciences Requirement - 3 options
Biological Sciences Requirements - 17 options
Management Sciences Requirement - 8 options
Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement - 10 options
1 Students work closely with faculty academic advisers in the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health to plan individual academic curriculum.
2 Students must complete a total of 36 credits in the School of Nursing courses and 60 didactic (800 series courses in the Bloomberg School of Public Health are not considered didactic) units in Bloomberg School of Public Health (inclusive of joint core offerings).
3 NR.500.602, NR.500.604, and NR.500.606 have a clinical component.
Academic Catalog and Student Handbook
Important policies, procedures, and resources for easy reference.
Tuition & Other Costs
(July 2016 - May 2017)
|Tuition:||$62,866(full time per year)1|
|Per Credit Cost:||1,582|
|Matriculation Fee:||$500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)|
|Total Billed Expenses:||$67,207|
Estimated Other Expenses3
|Room and Board:||$16,060|
|Total Other Expenses:||$24,467|
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.
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.
Who 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.
Scholarships & Grants
Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit.
To be given consideration for a Merit Scholarship Award, you must be accepted for admission by March 1.
Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs.
Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community-based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program.