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Public Health Nursing

MSN Public Health Nursing

Transforming Community Health

Make an Impact

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.

Expect Innovation

Those who earn a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Public Health Nursing work toward primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion. They 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; and practice in a variety of settings, including local and state health departments, federal and state agencies, schools, and non-governmental agencies.

Certification

The MSN in Public Health Nursing prepares students with entry level clinical knowledge and skills in this specialty after initial RN licensure and graduate education. A new assessment methodology to achieve ANCC board certification in advanced public health nursing is in place. Although no exam is required, certification through portfolio is required. Information about the portfolio requirements is available here.

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Not accepting applications for the 2018/2019 Academic Year.

Program Overview

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

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.

* Not accepting applications for 2018-2019 Academic Year. The MSN Public Health Nursing track may be taken with an optional post-graduate certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University, whose 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.

** 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.

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MSN/MPH Public Health Nursing

This joint degree option is offered in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Matthew Lindsley
Matthew Lindsley
BSN, RN
Public health nursing is much more than being a disease detective.

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.

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Requirements

Admission Criteria

Not accepting applications for the 2018/2019 Academic Year.

  • 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 (MSN/MPH applicants only; school code: 5767)
  • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit
  • Community service and professional commitment
  • Interview with faculty member
  • Goal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (both academic and professional references)
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland RN licensure for matriculation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools; Current Resume/CV; and Additional Requirements for International Applicants (linking to international student page).

Prerequisites

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.

Transfer of Credits

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis.

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Curriculum

Public Health Nursing

  • Full Curriculum (36 credits, 504 Clinical Hours)

    Nursing Core Courses

    • 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)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

    Cognates (Required)

    • Environmental Health (3/5 units) *
    • Principles of Epidemiology (3/5 units) *
      or Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health (3/5 units) *

    Major

    • Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care (2)
    • Public Health Nursing Theory and Practice (3)
    • Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice Practicum (3, 168 cl)
    • Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions Practicum (3, 168 cl)
    • Public Health Nursing:  Leadership and Management (3)
    • Public Health Nursing:  Leadership, Management, and Evaluation Practicum (3, 168 cl)
    • Elective (1)

Public Health Nursing Track with Pathway to Nurse Midwifery

(Not accepting applications for 2017-2018 Academic Year.)

  • Full Curriculum (48 credits, 540 Clinical Hours)

    Nursing Core Courses

    • 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)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

    Cognates (Required)

    • Environmental Health (3/5 units) *
    • Principles of Epidemiology (3/5 units) *
      or Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health (3/5 units) *
    • Physiological/Pathophysiological Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (3)
    • Health Assessment and Measurement: Adult/Gero Variation (1)
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (2, 36 cl)
    • Advanced Practice in Women's Primary, Gynecologic, and Antenatal Care (4)

    Major

    • Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care (2)
    • Public Health Nursing Theory and Practice (3)
    • Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice Practicum (3, 168 cl)
    • Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions Practicum (3, 168 cls)
    • Public Health Nursing:  Leadership and Management (3)
    • Public Health Nursing:  Leadership, Management, and Evaluation Practicum (3, 168 cl)
    • Elective (1)

* Courses taken at Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2017 - May 2018)

Tuition: $38,184 (full-time per year)1
Per Credit Cost: $1,591
Matriculation Fee: $500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $2,9522
Health Fee: $316
Total Billed Expenses: $41,952

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $10,971
Board: $3,726
Books/Supplies: $800
Loan Fees: $1,056
Personal Expenses: $2,385
Travel Expenses: $3,564
Total Other Expenses: $22,502
Total Expenses: $64,454

1Full time: 10+ credit hours per semester for fall and spring. Tuition is billed at $1,591 per credit hour and students enrolling less than full-time are billed less. Additional charges may apply for the summer. 
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 May of each year. Full and part-time plans of study are 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?

    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.

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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

Loans

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.

Loans

Employment

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. 

Employment

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