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Public Health Nursing

Transforming Community Health
Public Health Nursing
"Public health nursing is much more than being a disease detective."
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
    Overview

    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

  • Program
    Requirements

    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

    Prerequisites

    • Undergraduate Statistics Take at Hopkins Nursing
    • Health Assessment (NP applicants only)
    • Information Technology in Nursing
    • 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

    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

    Billed Expenses (September 2014 - May 2015)
    Tuition:  $34,824* (full-time Fall & Spring does not include summer)
    Per credit cost: $1,451
    Matriculation fee:  $500 (onetime only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
    Health Insurance: $2,421**
    Health Fee: $450
     

    Estimated Other Expenses***

    Room and Board: $12,294
    Books/Supplies: $1,856
    Personal Expenses: up to $1,350
    Travel Expenses:  up to $3,366

    *Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester, $17,412.00 per 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
March 15

Spring Entry
September 1

Summer Entry
January 15

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