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Overview of the Curriculum Innovation

MSN/MPH in Public Health Nursing

The joint MSN-PHN/MPH program at the Johns Hopkins University prepares and inspires nurses to effectively deliver public health nursing services.  Offered jointly through the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, this degree option teaches advanced mastery of public health nursing theory and practice, with a population-focus and multidisciplinary perspective. It is an 18 month full time study program consisting of three practicums focused on assessment, population based nursing interventions, and evaluation of programs.  It is designed for nurses seeking to integrate advanced public health nursing practice with public health perspectives.  With the joint degree, students acquire complementary skills, knowledge and perspectives of both disciplines.  Two-thirds of the program includes core courses from each master’s program; the remaining elective courses allow students to pursue curriculums customized to their specific interest.  Students must complete a total of 36 credits in the School of Nursing courses and 60 didactic units in the School of Public Health.

MSN/MPH - Nurse Practitioner with a Public Health Nursing Focus

Combines the 16-21 months Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and the 11 month Master of Public Health offered by the respective schools in 26 months of full-time study. The program is designed for nurses seeking to integrate nurse practitioner clinical practice with a population-based public health perspective. The MSN-NP/MPH is designed specifically for nurses seeking to link their clinical interests with public health practice. This combined program prepares nurse practitioners with a focus in community health, and knowledge of population-based public health science and practice. Nurses in advanced practice often return to school at a later time for a degree in public health to make their approach to individual health problems more comprehensive. Obtaining the joint degree at the outset, students acquire the complementary skills, knowledge and perspective of both disciplines. Graduate education in nursing equips students with advanced mastery of nursing theory and practice, while public health training provides a population-based, multi-disciplinary team approach. The programs include core courses from each school‘s master’s program. The remaining courses fulfill each program‘s requirements.Students choose a patient population (pediatrics, adult-geriatric, or family) focus in the nurse practitioner program.

Public Health Nursing /Nurse-Midwifery Certificate

The MSN in Public Health Nursing with Nurse-Midwifery is offered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in collaboration with the Shenandoah University Division of Nursing. Graduates of this program of study complete preparation in Public Health Nursing at JHUSON.  This track incorporates concepts from nursing and public health to study the design, delivery and evaluation of nursing services to populations and communities.  Practicum experiences are individualized and designed to challenge students to be innovative and work with multidisciplinary teams. These students then complete the didactic and clinical requirements for certification in nurse midwifery including the management of women's health in the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal periods and care of the newborn during the neonatal period. Full-time or part-time study is available. The portion of the program offered at Shenandoah University is via a distance- learning format. Graduates receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a certificate of endorsement in nurse-midwifery from the Shenandoah University Division of Nursing.


Joan Kub
Johns Hopkins University