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Overview

This master's specialty will prepare you for advanced practice in community/public health nursing. With a focus on health promotion and disease prevention, the curriculum will give you the opportunity to explore a range of topics including:

  • Health needs of select populations in community contexts
  • Epidemiology, program planning, and evaluation
  • Grant writing, organizational analysis, and public messaging

After graduation, you’ll be able to implement core public health principles and practice in a variety of settings, including local and state health departments, federal and state agencies, schools, and non-governmental agencies. You’ll also be eligible for certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse— Board Certified.

Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master's (non-degree) options are available.

Program Details

Community/Public Health Nursing Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total12
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 671 Epidemological Assessment Strategies 3
NURS 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 762 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health Practicum 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total12
Third Semester (Summer)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total3
Fourth Semester (Fall)
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement 3
Total11
Total Credits38

Community/Public Health Nursing Sample Plan of Full-Time Study - Spring Start

CourseTitleCredits
Spring — first semester
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total12
Fall — second semester
NURS 761 Populations at Risk 3
NURS 769 Society Health and Social Justice 3
NURS 782 Health Systems and Health Policy 3
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total12
Spring — third semester
NURS 732 Program Planning 3
NURS 762 Program Planning Practicum 3
Total6
Fall — fourth semester
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
Total11
Total Credits38

Part-Time Sample Plan of Study - Spring Start

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Spring)
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
Total6
Second Semester (Fall)
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total6
Third Semester (Spring)
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
Total6
Fourth Semester (Fall)
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement 3
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total6
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NURS 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 762 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health Practicum 3
Total6
Sixth Semester (Fall)
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
Total8
Total Credits38

Part-Time Sample Plan of Study - Fall Start

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NURS 761 Populations at Risk 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
Total6
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total6
Third Semester (Summer)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total3
Fourth Semester (Fall)
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 769 Society Health and Social Justice 3
Total6
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NURS 732 Program Planning 3
NURS 762 Program Planning Practicum 3
Total6
Sixth Semester (Summer)
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy 3
Total3
Seventh Semester (Fall) 
 NURS 733  Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
 Total
Total Credits38

Post-Master's (non-degree)

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
Total9
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 671 Epidemological Assessment Strategies 3
NURS 732 Program Planning and Evaluation for Community/Public Health 3
NURS 762 Program Planning and Evaluation for Community/Public Health Practicum 3
Total9
Third Semester (Fall)
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
Total8
Total Credits26

 

Faculty

Pat McLaine, DrPh, MPH, RN, specialty director and assistant professor

Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor and director, Wellmobile and school-based wellness programs

Beth Barrows, MS, RN, clinical instructor

Allison Del Bene Davis, PhD, APHN-BC, assistant professor

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, assistant professor

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katie McElroy, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP-BC, chair and associate professor

Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor

Jane Lipscomb, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor

Pat McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN, assistant professor and specialty director

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, RN, clinical instructor

Carol O'Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katherine Scott, MPH, BSN, RN, clinical instructor

Michelle Spencer, MS, RN, clinical instructor

Carla Storr, ScD, MPH, professor 

Anita Tarzian, PhD, RN, associate professor

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor

Susan Wozenski, JD, MPH, vice chair and assistant professor 

Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS, RN, assistant professor

Hear from our graduates:


Tackling an Epidemic: Carolyn Nganga-Good, MS '07, RN

Carolyn Nganga-Good, MS ’07, RN, oversees Baltimore’s STD/HIV testing services. She plans, monitors, and evaluates programs; provides training and technical assistance; and assists with capacity building. She is also engaged in agency-wide initiatives such as community engagement and mobilization, emergency preparedness, strategic planning, and jurisdictional planning for HIV prevention. Nganga-Good was chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Public Health Nurse Leader in 2016, and she is participating in the two-year leadership development program designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities.



Reducing costs and hospital stays: Charlotte Wallace, MS '15, BSN '99, RN

As a community health nurse, Charlotte Wallace, MS ’15, BSN ’99, RN, creates and implements plans at Anne Arundel Medical Center to address the community health needs identified by a 2015 assessment focused on health disparities and on vulnerable populations in the community the hospital serves. Wallace is developing a faith-based program to improve health and decrease hospital stays. She also creates programs to improve access to health care in the community and to reduce medical costs associated with more expensive but less effective care in the emergency room.



Helping patients navigate health care: Anastasia Trent, MS '14, RN

As a nurse care coordinator at Evergreen Health, Anastasia Trent, MS ’14, RN, is a part of an integrated medical care team that supports patients’ overall health and wellness. She provides health care navigation and benefits education for patients and conducts individual sessions and group education programs for chronic disease prevention and management. Additionally, Trent provides comprehensive case management services to members with multiple chronic diseases and/or complex social circumstances to improve health outcomes and reduce hospital admissions.



The importance of identifying your audience: Calvert Moore, DNP, MS '11, RN, APHN-BC

As a hospital-based community health nurse, Calvert Moore, DNP, MS ’11, RN, APHN-BC, works with school-age children, teachers, and parents to provide programming aimed at paving the way for lifelong health. She visits area schools and performs needs assessments. Based on the results of the assessments, Moore develops programs and identifies partners to help address the schools’ needs. She received Baltimore magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award for School Health in 2015.