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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.
  • Learn how to 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.
  • Build your expertise via engaging coursework: State-of-the-art learning technologies, assessments, and case studies bring classroom learning to life. Benefit from the insights of our knowledgeable teaching faculty—all of whom hold doctorates.
  • Discover the difference-maker within you: A social change theme is woven throughout our curriculum. Apply your new knowledge in a practicum project that addresses a real public health issue.
  • Connect—and learn—with other talented nurses: Engage with other passionate healthcare professionals through Walden Facebook groups, our alumni associations, and Phi Nu, our chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Interesting Facts

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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1
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Walden’s College of Nursing has more than 32,000 alumni worldwide.3

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 HallDr. Vincent Hall, Program Director
Dr. Hall has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for over 30 years. He 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.

Janet Gerken

Dr. Janet Gerken, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Gerken has been a nurse since 1996 and a nurse educator since 2014. 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 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.
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Protect and Empower Communities

You love caring for patients—and you’re ready to make a bigger difference. We see you. From classroom instruction led by expert faculty to hands-on learning, Walden has what you need to turn your aspirations into impact. Find out if our MSN in Public Health Nursing program is right for you.

Career Outlook

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.

Testimonials

Esteban Ramirez-Orta

Esteban Ramirez-Orta

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate
At Walden, I enjoyed the ease of access of online learning. I worked on my degree anywhere, anytime without compromising my career.
Walden University is committed to its students’ success while ensuring quality education to give graduates the ability to change the world.
Armiel Suriaga Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student
Armiel Suriaga
Jaimee Kastler MSN Graduate / PhD in Nursing Graduate
Jaimee Kastler

FAQ About Walden’s Online MSN - Public Health Nursing

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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.

1Source: Global Health Workforce Labor Market Projections for 2030.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers.

3Source: Walden University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), as of December 31, 2019.

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