MSN: Community/Public Health Nursing

Make a difference for patients and communities by addressing the roots of our most significant health care issues.

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Community and public health nurses solve real-world health problems by merging their clinical knowledge with community involvement and outreach efforts. With a strong focus on population health, social justice, and evidence-based programs, our Community/Public Health Nursing master’s specialty will prepare you to assume a leadership role in addressing large-scale health challenges that impact entire communities.

Earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree in this specialization will equip you with the advanced practice skills to develop, deliver, and evaluate public health efforts that are realistic and culturally sensitive. The program’s coursework and your individualized practica will lay the groundwork for you to collaborate successfully with communities and stakeholders to become the best community and public health advocate that you can be.

Additionally, you can further increase your potential with:

The nursing profession is in need of community and public health nurse leaders who can positively impact the determinants of health in Baltimore and beyond.

Program Snapshot

Length

As little as 2 years

Format

Blended (face-to-face and online)

Tuition View overview

In State: $824/credit
Out of State: $1,461/credit

Credits

38

Accreditation Read Details

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

We are strongly committed to collaborating with and serving the needs of our neighbors.

Our faculty maintain strong connections with more than 50 community and public health programs at the federal, state, and local levels, including nonprofit and hospital organizations.

As a University of Maryland, Baltimore student, you’ll also have interprofessional opportunities that allow you to work with students from other professions to promote better outcomes for vulnerable populations.

What You’ll Learn

Our Community/Public Health Nursing MSN specialty prepares you to make a difference for patients and communities by focusing on:

  • health promotion and disease prevention
  • health needs of select populations in community contexts
  • epidemiology, program planning, and evaluation
  • grant writing, organizational analysis, and social marketing.

How the Program Works

  • The program can be completed in as little as four semesters.
  • Full-time and part-time options are available.
  • Coursework includes:
    • five online courses
    • five face-to-face courses
    • two practicum courses (315 total service-learning hours)
    • You’ll work with an advisor to determine a practicum placement that is tailored to your interests and career goals.
Save Time and Money

If you're currently a registered nurse with an associate degree, you can save 6 credits (one full semester) when you enroll in UMSON's RN-to-MSN, an accelerated path to both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and this MSN specialty.

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"I feel every day that I’m at Paul's Place and with students that I'm making a difference," says alumna and UMSON Assistant Professor Kelly Doran, PhD, RN. "I love my research. I really feel like it's going to help the community." Read more.

What You’ll Do

Upon graduation from this Master of Science in Nursing program, you’ll be able to lead population health and public health efforts in a variety of roles and settings. Our graduates are employed by:

  • local and state health departments
  • federal and state agencies
  • nonprofit and research organizations
  • hospital-based community programs
  • nongovernmental agencies
  • schools and school systems
  • universities and colleges (as faculty).
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Courses You'll Take

For financial aid purposes, there are credit minimums for full-time status that may differ from the plans of study. See details.

The Community/Public Health master's specialty requires:

  • 38 credits
  • 315 practicum hours

Sample Plans of Study:


Sample Plan of Full-Time Study - Fall Start

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
Total   12
Second Semester (Spring)    
NURS 671 Epidemiological 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
Total   12
Third Semester (Summer)    
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total   3
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
Total   11
Total Credits   38

Sample Plan of Full-Time 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
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total   12
Second Semester (Fall)    
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
Total   12
Third Semester (Spring)    
NURS 732 Program Planning 3
NURS 762 Program Planning Practicum 3
Total   6
Fourth Semester (Fall)    
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
Total   11
Total Credits   38

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
Total   6
Second Semester (Fall)    
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total   6
Third Semester (Spring)    
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
Total   6
Fourth Semester (Fall)    
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement 3
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total   6
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
Total   6
Sixth Semester (Fall)    
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
Total   8
Total Credits   38

Part-Time Sample Plan of Study - Fall Start

Course Title Credits
First Semester (Fall)    
NURS 761 Populations at Risk 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
Total   6
Second Semester (Spring)    
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total   6
Third Semester (Summer)    
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total   3
Fourth Semester (Fall)    
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 769 Society Health and Social Justice 3
Total   6
Fifth Semester (Spring)    
NURS 732 Program Planning 3
NURS 762 Program Planning Practicum 3
Total  
Sixth Semester (Summer)    
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy 3
Total   3
Seventh Semester (Fall)     
 NURS 733  Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
 Total   8
Total Credits   38

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your graduate education.

Type of AidAward
Federal Financial Aid various award amounts
Merit Scholarships $1,500-$3,000 per semester
(You are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon submitting a completed application for enrollment in an UMSON academic program.)
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
Conway Scholarship full scholarship: tuition and fees
(for those who will have completed 12 credit hours of graduate study by the start of the semester for which the Conway Scholarship is awarded and who have at least half of their credit hours remaining)
Graduate Assistantships stipend, tuition remission, in-state status, and paid student health insurance

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships


All students receiving funds through the University must:

  • be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree-seeking program
  • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by UMB's award priority deadline
    • FAFSA Submission period: Oct. 1 (of the previous year) through Feb. 28
    • FAFSA School code: 002104

The UMB Office of Student Financial Assistance & Education is available to guide prospective and current students through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.


Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | nrsscholarships@umaryland.edu

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | aidtalk@umaryland.edu

 

MSN Admission Information

In this section:


Deadlines: 

Spring 2020
Application Opens April 1, 2019
Deadline

Jan. 6, 2020
Your online application and all supplemental materials must be received by this date.

Application Review Sept. through mid-Jan.
Admissions Decisions Announced Sept. through mid-Jan.

Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from:
    • an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university
      or
    • an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Application Materials:

Materials

Spring 2020 and Beyond Applicants

 
Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee. Start your application now via the Admissions Dashboard.The Admissions Dashboard is where you will:
  • submit your online application and fee
  • submit/request any supplemental documents
  • check your application status.
We recommend that you continue to log in for regular updates. 
One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered. Submit/request these materials via the Admissions Dashboard.      
Essay. Please submit a 500-1,000-word essay that addresses the following:
  • The specific specialty area you like to pursue and your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree in nursing in this specialty.
  • The population you would like to service or the area of health care in which you would like to work after graduation.
  • The qualities you feel are essential to the advanced nursing profession that you bring with you.
  • What are your research interests or your practice issues in this specialty area?
Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.
A copy of your valid, unrestricted (current) RN license in the United States. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar. Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579  
Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status.  Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

The Health Service Leadership management and Nursing Informatics master's specialties are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Faculty

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

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

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

Megan Doede, MS, RN, clinical instructor

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Lori A. Edwards, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor

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

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor

Katie McElroy, PhD, RN, assistant professor

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

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, RN, assistant professor

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katherine Scott, MPH, 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

I attribute my successes and career advancements to the strong foundation I got from the CPH program and the mentors that have been there throughout my nursing and public health journeys. Carolyn Nganga-Good, MS '07
With such variety in the curriculum — from environmental health to global health to social determinants of health — this program offered valuable content and experiences to expand on my nursing knowledge and practice. Cara Cook, MS ’15
I apply [my Community/Public Health education] in my daily work by addressing health disparities, improving access to care, collation building, and advocacy for vulnerable populations. Charlotte Wallace, MS '15, BSN '99
Given that my work is at the forefront of public health, I am constantly applying my knowledge of community/public health nursing to my role as program supervisor. Oluwatosin Olateju, MS '15
[This program] gave me the tools needed ... but most importantly, the passion that is needed to tackle the big problems that affect populations in Baltimore, day after day. Katie McElroy, PhD '16, MS '10, BSN '98
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