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

Improving health outcomes for entire communities is the focus of a public health nurse leader. An MSN from Walden fulfills the graduate degree requirements you need to pursue Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) certification and start the journey toward transforming health in your community.

As a nurse, you see disparities and inconsistencies in the healthcare system every day. Invest your energy in improving access and care for people in your community and beyond with Walden’s MSN program. One of the few of its kind offered fully online, our MSN program with a specialization in Public Health Nursing prepares you to assume leadership roles in assessing communities and populations; identifying high-risk groups; and developing culturally sensitive, acceptable, and realistic population-based nursing interventions.

Graduates of the MSN program will have the graduate degree they need to pursue APHN-BC certification through portfolio application.

This program allows you to:

  • Collaborate with nurses from around the United States in an interactive online environment.
  • Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
  • Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a public health project in a professional healthcare setting.
  • Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment.
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas. Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, you will be prepared to:

  • Set local, population-focused priorities for health-related interventions to provide the greatest benefit to the most people.
  • Develop systems-level programs to address primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion.
  • Monitor health trends and identify health risk factors unique to specific communities.
  • Advocate at local, state, and federal levels to improve access to health services for underserved communities.
  • Design and implement health education campaigns and disease prevention activities to promote health in a specific population to address chronic illness and infectious diseases.
  • Educate communities about available healthcare programs and services to improve access to care for vulnerable and at-risk populations.
  • Plan public health services at the systems level.
  • Communicate effectively as a member or leader of an interprofessional team.
  • Establish effective collaborative relationships and partnerships within organizations and systems.
  • Develop organizational relationships to implement processes and system improvements to enhance collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders in population‐focused health policies.

Career Impact

The demand for public health nurses is on the rise, with government agencies recognizing that services provided by public health nurses can help lower overall healthcare costs. Preventive care, screening, and health education—particularly in low-income and rural areas—have proven to be effective public health measures within the community.

Walden's MSN Public Health Nursing specialization can help position you to work as a nurse leader in diverse settings such as public health departments, home health agencies, schools, wellness centers, industry, and rural or urban healthcare facilities. Specific roles may include:

  • 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

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

Find detailed information for this program if you hold a BSN or hold an RN, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other certification websites.

CCNE logo

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other certification websites.

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

Man researching online education on laptop
Request Free Information
Request Free Information

Fill out this form to get free information on courses, admissions and financial aid from your personal advisor.


Please use our International Form if you live outside of the U.S.

Fill out this form to get free information on courses, admissions and financial aid from your personal advisor.


Please use our Domestic Form if you live in the U.S.
*Required Field
Academic Interests
Required
Required
Contact Information
Required
Required
Invalid email address
Please provide a valid phone number
Required
Please provide a valid zipcode
Required
Additional Information
Required
Submit

By submitting this form, I understand and agree that Walden University may contact me via email, text, telephone, and prerecorded message regarding furthering my education and that calls may be generated using automated technology. You may opt out at any time. Please view our privacy policy or contact us for more details.

Required