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MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing

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.

Integrate Skills

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

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Program Overview

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.

Additional Information

View a recording of the MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing virtual information session.

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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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Program Options

MSN/MPH with Public Health Nursing is online with onsite immersions.

On-Campus Requirement for MPH

Up to 80% of the curriculum may be completed online. For the remaining 20%, students have the opportunity to attend on-campus courses. The required “face-to-face” time adds up to a minimum of 4 weeks over the course of 2-3 years.

There is no limit on the number of on-campus courses that an online/part-time student can take. On average, these students complete about 25% of courses on campus.

The on-campus requirement can be completed by enrolling in the Summer, Fall or Winter Institutes. The intensive 1-3 week courses allow students to earn academic credit in a short period of time. To learn more, please visit the Johns Hopkins Institutes of Public Health.

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Priority Application Deadline

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1

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Additional Program Options

Learn about our Master's and Doctoral program offerings.

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Jeane Garcia Davis
Jeane Garcia Davis
MSN/MPH '10, BS '08, RN
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.

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Admission Criteria

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.



  • Undergraduate Statistics  Take at Hopkins Nursing. Course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better.
  • 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 Credits

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.
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MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing

Curriculum includes core courses and electives from each master's program allowing students to pursue specific interests. Program may be completed in 36 credits/60 units and provides 504 clinical hours. Students work closely with faculty academic advisers in the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health to plan individual academic curriculum.

Full Curriculum

  • Core Courses (14 Credits, 168 Clinical Hours )
    • Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Basis for Nursing (3)
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)
    • Context of Healthcare for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    • Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care (2)
    • Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions (3, 168 cl)
  • Joint SON & Public Heath Requirements (12 Credits, 336 Clinical Hours)
    • Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice (3)
    • Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice - Practicum (3, 168 cl)
    • Public Health Nursing Leadership & Management (3)
    • Public Health Nursing Leadership, Management, & Evaluation Capstone Practicum (3, 168 cl)
  • Qualitative Sciences (Up to 14 credits/34 units)
    • Statistical Reasoning in Public Health *, or
    • Statistical Methods in Public Health *, or
    • Methods in Biostatistics in I-IV *
  • Public Health Requirements
    • Environmental Health
    • Making Changes Through Policy
    • Principle of Epidemiology
    • Introduction to MPH Studies-MPH Individualized Goals and Analysis
    • Population Dynamics and Public Health
    • 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

* Courses taken at Bloomberg School of Public Health

Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Important policies, procedures, and resources for easy reference.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(July 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $65,440 (full time per year)1
Per Credit Cost: 1,636
Matriculation Fee: $500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,5322
Health Fee: $475
Total Billed Expenses: $69,947

The Cost of Attendance (COA)3

COA Statement: The costs listed represent direct costs, which are billed directly by the School of Nursing. Students can still expect to incur indirect costs such as room, board, travel expenses, personal expenses, etc. Unlike direct costs, indirect costs will vary from student to student. A full projected annual Cost of Attendance, including both direct and indirect costs can be found here.

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1Full-time: 16 credit hours per semester; 6 credits hours summer semester. Students enrolling less than full-time will incur less tuition charges.
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.

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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.

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Funding Opportunities

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.

Scholarships & Grants


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. 


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