Public Health Nursing
Matthew Lindsley grew up in a neighborhood where “life is very comfortable,” but after spending a year with Americorps teaching Boston middle schoolers about HIV/AIDS, “I realized there was a need for some change.”
He became a nurse, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, then came to work in Baltimore’s Eastern Health Clinic.
Learn to improve the health of diverse, often underserved populations in community settings through one of three distinct public health programs at Johns Hopkins. The Public Health Nursing track opens doors to leadership positions in health education, program development, consultation, and administration.
The dual MSN/MPH degrees offered jointly through the School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health allows you to choose the nurse practitioner program to deliver advanced nursing care in local and international settings, or enter the public health nursing program to guide teams in developing innovative, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate healthcare services. No matter which track you choose, Hopkins’ multidisciplinary approach builds the essential skills for a successful practice in public health.
Those who earn a master’s degree with a specialization in public health nursing:
- Work toward primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion
- Design, deliver, and evaluate nursing services to diverse communities using knowledge from nursing, public health, and health policy
- Specialize in community health nursing, often providing orientation, staff development, consultation, and leadership to nurse generalists
- Practice in a variety of settings, including local and state health departments, federal and state agencies, schools, and non-governmental agencies
- Public Health Nursing
- MSN/MPH (Collaboration with Bloomberg School of Public Health)
- MSN/MPH Nurse Practitioner Pathway to PhD
- Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
- Scholastic 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: 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 RN licensure for matriculation
*Additional selection factors may be required for specific programs
- Undergraduate Statistics Take at Hopkins Nursing
- Health Assessment (NP applicants only)
- College level course in Quantitative Science (MSN/MPH applicants only)
- General Biology (MSN/MPH applicants only)
- Health Related Science (MSN/MPH applicants only)
Applicants Who Have Studied Abroad
International applicants and applicants who have completed courses outside of the United States must submit:
Official course-by-course evaluation from the World Education Services (WES) or Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
(If any academic credit was granted from an academic institution outside the United States, credits must be evaluated)
- Official Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) scores for international students whose native language is not English
- All international students seeking an F-1 visa are required to submit official documents in English showing proof of funding
Public Health Nursing program can be completed full-time or part-time.
Tuition and Other Costs
MSN Program (September 2015-May 2016)
Tuition: $36,216 (full-time per year)1 Per credit cost: $1,509 Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students) Health Insurance: $2,6562 Health fee: $316 Total Billed Expenses: $39,688
Estimated Other Expenses3
Room and Board: $12,744 Books/Supplies: $1,856 Loan fees: $146 Personal Expenses: up to $1,350 Travel Expenses: up to $3,366 Total Other Expenses: $19,462 Total Expenses: $59,150
1Full-time: 12 credit hours 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. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.