Community/Public Health Nursing Master’s Specialty 50th Anniversary

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The Community/Public Health Nursing Master's Specialty 50th anniversary celebration was held Friday, Sept. 16-17, 2016. To build on the momentum of this milestone event, a webpage has been created with links to the photos and videos from the celebration, a forum for sharing professional experiences and accomplishments, and information about how to contribute to the Claudia Smith Scholarship.


Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Washington State University College of Nursing
Thinking Upstream: Nurses Working to Address Climate Change in Public Health.
Friday, Sept. 16

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Community Public Health Nursing Highlights at the University of Maryland School of Nursing
Saturday, Sept. 17

Pat McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Community/Public Health Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing: Then and NowSaturday, Sept. 17

Carolyn Nganga-Good, MS ’07, RN
Programs Bureau Administrator
Baltimore City Health Department Health
Building a Healthier Nation: Public Health Nurses Leading the Change
Saturday, Sept. 17 

Community Public Health Alumni Leadership Panel Discussion
Brenda Afzal, MS ’99, BSN ’98, RN
Marlene Cianci, PhD, MS ’66,BSN ’65, RN
Laura Culbertson, MS ’86, BSN ’79, RN
Megan Hayden, MS ’06, BSN ’04, RN
Jeanette Jones, MS ’70, RN
Calvert Moore, DNP, MS ’11, RN, APHN-BC
Saturday, Sept. 17


  • View photos from the Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 events.
  • Check out the printed program from the Sept. 17 Community/Public Health Nursing Master’s Specialty 50th Anniversary event.
  • Enjoy a slideshow of historic Community/Public Health images from the collection of Marlene Cianci, PhD, MS ’66, BSN ’65, RN.
  • Peruse historic community health nursing postcards from the National Library of Medicine’s Zwerdling postcard collection, spanning a century of nursing imagery. 


Melissa Douglass

“I really enjoyed the Community/Public Health Nursing master’s specialty, but my most memorable experience was the Society, Health, and Social Justice course with Dr. Jeffrey Johnson. I learned so much and really appreciated the discussions. Being introduced to the work of Dr. Paul Farmer (Mountains Beyond Mountains) in this course was also memorable.”

— Melissa Douglas

“I will be eternally grateful to my advisor, Dr. Carolyn Waltz, who encouraged me to do something for myself. I entered the doctoral program after my master's program, delaying by one year, and joined my Air Force husband's assignment overseas. Taking her advice gave me the courage to insist on four of five separations during his military career to build my own career. Thanks Carolyn!”

— Janice Swanson

Claudia Smith Community/Public Health Scholarship

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of UMSON's Community/Public Health master's specialty, thanks to generous support from alumni and donors, we fully endowed the Claudia Smith Community/Public Health Scholarship that was initiated when Smith retired in 2011 after a distinguished 40-plus-year career in community/public health at UMSON.