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As a nurse, you see the disparities in healthcare firsthand—and you’re ready to challenge the status quo. With an MSN public health specialization from Walden, you can take the lead in promoting health awareness and equitable access in your community. Gain the interdisciplinary perspective and skills to help empower entire populations to live healthier lives.

An MSN specialization in Public Health Nursing 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.

Why Choose Walden?

Unlock your inner leader

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

keep communities safe

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


Interactive learning technologies, assessments, and case studies prepare you for real scenarios you’ll face in the field.


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


Find inspiration, ideas, and camaraderie within our community of 36,500 College of Nursing graduates.

Practicum Advantage

Get the support you need for a successful experience at all stages of your nursing practicum.


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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

Personalized Practicum Support

Caroline SanchezWe know how valuable practicums are to your learning experience and career goals. That’s why we are committed to Practicum Advantage™—a collaborative process of coaching, resources, and self-help tools to help you identify local sites that match your needs.

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.

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Tuition and Fees

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Program Outcomes

Advance Community Health and Safety

In our MSN specialization in Public Health Nursing, you’ll prepare to 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.

Career Impact

You’re a dedicated nurse—and a social justice warrior. An MSN in public health online can prepare you to work as a nurse leader and health advocate for underserved populations. Can open the door to new opportunities. Become a catalyst for improved health equity and health outcomes in your community.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, high rates of chronic disease, and an emphasis on preventive care, communities need knowledgeable public health nurses. Nurses who complete a public health nursing MSN program will be equipped to pursue roles in a variety of settings, including:2

  • City, county, and state health departments
  • Federal health agencies
  • U.S. military and Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Community service agencies
  • Municipal health departments and agencies
  • Community outreach services within hospitals, clinics, and other health service providers
  • Nonprofit organizations with health or community service

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

MSN Career Outlook


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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.


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

  • Robin Squellati

    Robin Squellati

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Squellati has been at Walden since 2014. During her 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, she served as director of nursing, medical operations commander, deputy director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Air Force Surgeon General, and commander of a hospital in a deployed location.


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