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Prepare to meet the health needs of diverse populations.

Make a difference in communities by effecting positive change in the field of healthcare with an MSN with a specialization in Public Health.

“One of the beautiful aspects of the Nursing Education program is that each course builds upon work done in the previous one.”   -Phyllis D., MSN

In this program, you will get a thorough overview of epidemiology and the role of public health in community wellness. An in-depth course in school nursing will expose you to the pivotal public health role of the school nurse, educator, advocate, and public health evaluator. Before the practicum, you will examine outpatient care with a course on case management and home health—including hospice and palliative care—to learn how the entire community collaborates for patient care.

Graduates of this program can work in public health, community health, home health, hospice and palliative care, school nursing, or case management.

This specialization equips students with:

  • Knowledge and skills to solve public health and community health problems
  • Foundations of public health theory, health care policy, and politics
  • Insight and awareness to define, assess, and drive change
  • A heightened understanding of public policies, theories, principles and their application to real-life cases

Aspen MSN (Public Health) graduates can:

  • Meet the health needs of diverse populations
  • Develop, plan, and implement primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion
  • Conduct community assessment, program planning, and policy development
  • Promote and preserve the health of families, aggregates, communities, and populations
  • Assume roles in-home care, schools, occupational health settings, community and global agencies
  • Cause a reduction in disease and illness through research, education and other viable solutions

Public Health Nurse vs. Community Health Nurse

Is this program for me?

If you are an RN who has completed a BSN – and need an accredited, adaptable, and affordable online MSN program – then this program is for you!

RNs who do not yet have a BSN but would like to pursue their MSN may enroll in our RN to MSN Bridge Program.

We designed our program to be completed in as little as 2 years.

Check out Aspen’s Other MSN Specializations

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Registered Nurse Licensure – Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Nursing Experience – A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)