MSN: Public Health Nursing

Major: Public Health Nursing
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
21-1094

About the Program

The Public Health Nursing concentration within the Master of Nursing degree programs prepares nurses to work independently and collaboratively to assess, investigate, analyze the determinants of health, and prioritize health needs (medical and non-medical) in order to inform key stakeholders and policymakers and to guide professional practice. Graduates will be prepared to work effectively in interprofessional teams to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate programs that address priority health needs. 

As healthcare continues to evolve, there is an increased need for nurses trained in public health. Drexel University’s online MSN in Public Health Nursing aims to meet that need, training you to use a systems-thinking clinical approach to advocate for resources and policies to improve the health of all populations, locally and globally. This is an interdisciplinary degree that provides the opportunity to take online courses through Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions as well as the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. This blend of nursing education and public health foundational knowledge culminates in a capstone project where you’ll take what you’ve learned throughout the MSN Public Health Nursing program and apply it to a real-world public health issue.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division
CNHPGraduateDivision@drexel.edu

Additional information is also available on the Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Public Health Nursing webpage and the Drexel University Online Public Health Nursing webpage.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than a 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • Letters of recommendations are waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current United States RN license required
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and certification documents
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current United States RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents, whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status; otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

MSN Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Public Health Courses
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
EOH 560Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
Nursing Courses
NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
IPS 511Collaboration with Vulnerable Populations3.0
NURS 665Advanced Nursing Practice in Population Health5.0
Elective
Elective (Nursing or Public Health - with approval)3.0
Total Credits45.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 5003.0NURS 5023.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0NURS 5313.0HMP 5052.0
 7 7 6 5
Second Year (Part-Time)
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
NURS 5443.0NURS 5323.0NURS 6655.0 
EOH 5603.0IPS 5113.03.0 
 6 6 8 
Total Credits 45
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