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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.¹

Do you want to play a key role in reducing health disparities and promoting public wellness in your community? Earn your MSN in Public Health Nursing online from Walden. Through interdisciplinary coursework, you’ll gain global perspectives and skills to empower entire populations to live healthier lives.

An MSN in Public Health Nursing degree can prepare you to shift from direct patient care to managing community health initiatives, particularly for the underserved. Get the tools you need to make a tangible impact, from developing population-based nursing interventions to preparing for and responding to disasters. Learn from industry experts as you gain the knowledge and confidence to be a nurse leader, patient advocate, and voice for social change.

Unlock your inner leader

Develop the skills needed to provide effective public health leadership across agency partnerships at the community, state, national, and global levels.

keep communities safe

Explore and discuss global health problems, including infectious diseases, the effects of disasters, and the impact hazards can have on human health.

engaging coursework

State-of-the-art learning technologies, assessments, and case studies bring classroom learning to life.

Impact lives and communities

Apply your new knowledge in a practicum project that addresses a real public health issue.

Connect With Your Peers

Our Facebook communities, alumni associations, and chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing make connecting easy.


Receive a $1,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

Choose Walden's RN to BSN Accelerated Into Master's (AIM) program if you are a registered nurse (RN) who wants the opportunity to earn credits toward your MSN while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Receive a $1,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN)

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. 

More information for international applicants.

Advance Community Health and Safety

In the MSN in Public Health Nursing program, you’ll make the transition from one-on-one patient care to caring for whole populations. Explore the pressing issues facing public health today, including chronic disease, health inequities and community-wide health concerns. Learn to identify high-risk sub-groups and create culturally sensitive, population-based nursing interventions that touch countless lives.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Vincent Hall

    Vincent Hall

    Program Director

    As a program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program, Dr. Hall supervises MSN core courses as well as the Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, and Public Health Nursing specializations. Dr. Hall serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force and on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee. He has been an RN for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for more than 30 years.

  • Janet Gerken

    Janet Gerken

    Academic Coordinator Dr. Janet Gerken has been a nurse since 1996 and has been a nurse educator since 2014. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing in Leadership and Development in 2014 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2017. She has extensive background in public health program development, implementation, evaluation, and organizational administration. Janet is a member of the American Public Health Association, North Dakota Public Health and Association, and the American Nurses Association.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this MSN in Public Health Nursing online program, you will:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

Career Impact

With an aging population, high rates of chronic disease, and an emphasis on preventive care, communities need resourceful and knowledgeable public health nurses. Public health nurses have an essential role and responsibility as leaders in health improvement and promoting health equity.

An online MSN in Public Health Nursing degree can prepare you to work as a nurse leader and health advocate in diverse settings. Open the door to new career opportunities. Become a catalyst for social justice and high-quality healthcare for all.

Career options for public health nurses:2

  • Public health nurse manager or director
  • Manager or director of teams developing population-focused healthcare services
  • Outpatient clinic manager
  • Director of school nursing
  • Community center health coordinator
  • Director of disaster management and preparedness programs
  • Director of health education programs
  • Manager of maternal and infant public health nurse programs
  • Epidemiology nurse
  • Environmental health nurse

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.


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