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Public Health Nursing

Transforming Community Health
Public Health Nursing
"Health inequalities were relatively rare."
Matthew Lindsley , BSN, RN

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.

Read Matthew's Story
  • Program

    Beginning with the 2017-2018 Academic Year, students admitted to the Master of Science Public Health Nursing will start the program in the Summer term.

    Program Overview

    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 

    Program Options

    The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the MSN/MPH with a Nurse Practitioner track and is no longer accepting applications. 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 Public Health Nursing virtual information session.

    Watch Now

    Articulation with Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery Program
    (Not accepting applications for 2017-2018 Academic Year)

    The MSN Public Health Nursing track may be taken with optional post-graduate certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University. Shenandoah University's Nurse-Midwifery Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).  Please visit the Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery webpage for specific accreditation information.  

  • Program

    Program Requirements

    • 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:

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

  • Curriculum


    Public Health Nursing program can be completed full-time or part-time.

    View Curriculum and Sample Courses of Study

  • Tuition

    Tuition and Other Costs

    MSN Program (September 2015-May 2016)

    Billed Expenses

    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. 

Application Deadlines

Summer Entry
January 1

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