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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 RN to MSN with a specialization in Public Health.

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
  • Ability to work with other disciplines to coordinate the case management of a complex patient

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

Flexible & Affordable

  • Self-paced environment
  • 0% interest Monthly Payment Plan ($325/mo.)
  • Courses start every 2 weeks
  • Log on day or night
  • Full-time or part-time

Is this program for me?

If you are an RN who does not yet have a BSN – and need an accredited, adaptable, and affordable online MSN program – then this program is for you!

What is the Capstone Project?

This degree program requires the successful completion of a capstone project. Be proud of your Capstone. It provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your competency and commitment to ultimately improving health outcomes. Be proud of your Capstone and show off your knowledge!

Practicum courses are performed within a clinical practice or academic setting allowing students to apply concepts under the direct supervision of a Preceptor.

Other RN-MSN Specializations

Download the 2018 MSN Handbook

Download the 2018 MSN Preceptor Handbook

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing – Official transcript demonstrating an associate degree in nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing, 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.
  • 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.
  • Nursing Experience – A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.
  • Liberal Arts Courses – Completion of 50 semester credit hours of liberal arts education coursework. Students who are short liberal arts credits may take liberal arts courses while enrolled in the program. All required liberal arts courses must be completed prior to registering for the bridge proctored exam.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)