Nursing and Public Health (MS/MPH)

The Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH) dual degree option prepares you for a diverse range of careers in nursing and public health.

This dual-degree program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in health-related agencies and settings in which a combined expertise in nursing and public health is beneficial.

It is available to students in all graduate nursing specialties:

You'll earn:

  • Master of Science (MS) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine

And you may earn both degrees in less time — and at less cost — than if you pursued each degree separately.

  • The MS degree requires 30 and 72 credits, depending on the program of study.
  • The MPH degree requires 42 credits, including 23 credit hours of core courses and 19 credit hours in an area of concentration; you must select a concentration in either Epidemiology or Community & Population Health.

You can graduate with both degrees in as little as three years.

  • The School of Nursing will allow students to use 9 credits obtained in the MPH program to fulfill MS elective requirements.
  • The School of Medicine will allow students to use 6 credits earned in the MS program as MPH electives.

In addition to these 15 shared credits:

  • nursing courses that fulfill requirements for both degrees and have a joint designation in both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, or that are listed as MPH electives, may count toward both the MS and MPH
  • with prior approval of the Nursing Specialty Program Director, an approved 6-credit MPH capstone experience may serve as the final practicum or precept experience in the School of Nursing.

Each school awards its own degree and has its own admissions process. You must meet all the requirements for the MS and MPH programs to receive both degrees. 

For more information, visit the University of Maryland School of Medicine site.

Sample Plan of Study: Epidemiology Concentration

Sample Plan of Study: Epidemiology Concentration*

Required Core Courses (23 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PH 600
NURS 671
Principles of Epidemiology
Substitute: SON Epidemiological Assessment Strategies
3
3
PH 621 Biostatistical Methods 3
PH 668 Environmental/Occupational Health 3
PH 648 Introduction to the Health System, Policy & Management 3
PH 610 Foundations of Public Health 3
PH xxx Public Health Ethics 2
PH 789 Supervised Capstone Experience
Substitute**: 4 credits of NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/ Public Health upon approval of Specialty Director and MPH Concentration Director
6
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 16 additional credits to satisfy the MPH core requirement.
Required Concentration Courses (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PREV 803 Clinical Trials/Experimental Epidemiology 3
PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology 3
PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 10 additional credits to satisfy the MPH concentration requirement.
Approved Elective Courses (9 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Electives, subject to approval 9
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 9 additional elective credits to satisfy the MPH elective requirement.
Total Credits
Required Core, Concentration, and Approved Electives 42
Total Additional Credits for MS/MPH 35
Total Credits for Dual Degree 77

*Students will take all of the courses required in the Community/Public Health Specialty.

**Substitute fulfills only partial requirement for the MPH. MS students need an additional two credits of supervised field experience and must meet the proposal, participation, presentation and portfolio requirements for the MPH.

Sample Plan of Study: Community & Population Health Concentration

Sample Plan of Study: Community & Population Health Concentration*

Required Core Courses (23 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PH 600
NURS 671
Principles of Epidemiology
Substitute: SON Epidemiological Assessment Strategies
3
3
PH 621 Biostatistical Methods 3
PH 668 Environmental/Occupational Health 3
PH 648 Introduction to the Health System, Policy & Management 3
PH 610 Foundations of Public Health 3
PH xxx Public Health Ethics 2
PH 789 Supervised Capstone Experience
Substitute**: 4 credits of NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health upon approval of Specialty Director and MPH Concentration Director
6
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 16 additional credits to satisfy the MPH core requirement.
Required Concentration Courses (9 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PREV 758 Health Survey Research Methods 3
PREV 625 Community-based Participatory Research: Theory and Methods 3
PREV 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community Public Health 3
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 6 additional credits to satisfy the MPH concentration requirement.
Approved Elective Courses (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NURS 769 Society, Health and Social Justice 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS xxx Others, subject to approval 4
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 4 additional elective credits to satisfy the MPH elective requirement.
Total Credits
Required Core, Concentration, and Approved Electives 42
Total Additional Credits for MS/MPH 26
Total Credits for Dual Degree 68

*Students will take all of the courses required in the Community/Public Health Specialty.

**Substitute fulfills only partial requirement for the MPH. MS students need an additional two credits of supervised field experience and must meet the proposal, participation, presentation and portfolio requirements for the MPH.

 

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. Note that the opportunities below only apply to the portion of your dual-degree program earned at UMSON.

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, including financial aid, merit awards, grants, and scholarships, must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • UMSON Federal Code: 002104
  • FAFSA Deadline for Maryland Residents (state awards and scholarships): Feb. 28
  • FAFSA Deadline: March 1

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Student Financial Assistance and Education Office is available to guide you 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

 

MS Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

Spring 2019 Final Deadline: Jan. 8, 2019
All supplemental application materials must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Fall 2019 rolling admissions review begins in January

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. 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

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

  • Community and Public Health applicants should select NURS - MS on the application type dropdown list.
  • Health Services Leadership and Management (all options) and Nursing Informatics applicants should select NURS - Online Masters on the application type dropdown list.

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

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

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?

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. 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.

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.