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MSN/MPH Nurse Practitioner

Focusing on Public Health

Annie Lee
"I knew Hopkins would teach me to be an exceptional nurse and a better person."
Annie Lee , MSN/MPH '09, BS '07

Annie Lee is a self-described wanderer. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology, Lee joined the Peace Corps and taught science in Malawi. She came to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2006, where her clinical placements led her to private practice, a public clinic, the National Military Hospital in Bethesda, and an internship...

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Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is sunsetting the MSN/MPH Nurse Practitioner track and is no longer accepting applications. Please consider the DNP Nurse Practitioner Options or MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing.

The MSN-NP/MPH program at the Johns Hopkins University integrates advanced nursing practice and management with a population-based perspective toward improving the delivery of nursing services in various local and international settings.

If your professional interests lie in the intersection of evidence-based, clinical practice, the societal factors that impact care, and the public health implications of how services and treatment are organized and provided, you will experience the rare opportunity to tailor your program of study through this joint offering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Those who earn a Hopkins MSN-NP/MPH joint degree:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative healthcare programs and policies
  • Provide primary care that includes health promotion and prevention of specific disorders and injury
  • Identify, treat, or refer for treatment of health problems
  • Take positions in government at international, national, and local levels; community organizations; universities; and the private sector

Focuses include:

  • Adult-Gerontological Primary Care
  • Family Primary Care
  • Pediatric Primary Care

Graduates of the program receive a single diploma signed by the Deans of the School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Graduates are eligible to apply for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification.


Program Requirements

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
  • Scholastic Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
  • GRE scores within the past five years (MSN/MPH applicants only). Our GRE 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
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation

*Interview with a faculty member may or may not be requested.


  • Undergraduate Statistics
  • Health Assessment

In addition to the prerequisites above, the following courses are also required for MSN/MPH applicants:

  • College level course in Quantitative Science (ex. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics)
  • General Biology
  • Health Related Science (ex. Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology)

Transfer of Credit

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.



The curriculum includes core courses from each master’s program, 500 clinical hours, and begins each July. Credit for joint courses is applied to both the MSN (credits) and MPH (units) requirements.

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Tuition and Other Costs

MSN/MPH Program (July 2015-May 2016)

Billed Expenses

Tuition: $58,140* (full-time per year)1
Per credit cost: $1,530
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $3,2742
Health fee: $395
Total Billed Expenses: $62,309

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $15,576
Books/Supplies: $2,320
Loan fees: $219
Personal Expenses: up to $1,650
Travel Expenses: up to $4,114
Total Other Expenses: $23,879
Total Expenses: $86,188

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

Who Is This Program Designed For?

Program is designed for nurses seeking to integrate nurse practitioner clinical practice with a population-based public health perspective. The MSN-NP/MPH is designed specifically for nurses seeking to link their clinical interests with public health practice. This combined program prepares nurse practitioners with a focus in community health, and knowledge of population-based public health science and practice.

Why Should I Complete a Joint Degree?

Nurses in advanced practice often return to school at a later time for a degree in public health to make their approach to individual health problems more comprehensive. Obtaining the joint degree at the outset, students acquire the complementary skills, knowledge and perspective of both disciplines. Graduate education in nursing equips students with advanced mastery of nursing theory and practice, while public health training provides a population-based, multi-disciplinary team approach.

What Can I Focus My Electives On?

The programs include core courses from each school's masters program. The remaining courses fulfill each program's requirements. Students choose a patient population (adult, pediatrics, or family) focus in the nurse practitioner program.

How Many Credits Are Required to Complete This Degree?

Students must complete a total of 41 credits for Adult NP and Pediatric NP, and 51 credits for Family NP at the School of Nursing as well as 60 didactic units at the School of Public Health. Students will work closely with faculty academic advisers in the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health to plan individual academic curriculum. The program consists of a total of 500 clinical hours. Students have five years to complete the program from the date of matriculation.

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