Community/Public Health Nursing

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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 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

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 3
NURS 730 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)
NRSG 761 Populations at Risk 3
NRSG 730 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total6
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
Total6
Third Semester (Fall)
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement  3
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total6
Fourth Semester (Spring)
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
Total6
Fall - No Classes Scheduled - Electives
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

Post-Master's (non-degree)

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total6
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
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
Total12
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 Flannery, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katherine Fornili, MPH, RN, CARN, assistant professor

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Marian Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, assistant professor

Jeff Johnson, PhD, professor and director, Office of Global Health

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

Barbara Walsh, DNP, assistant professor

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

Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS, RN, assistant professor

For admissions requirements and additional information, please contact Priyanka Dwivedi, assistant director for admissions, at dwivedi@son.umaryland.edu.