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RN-to-MSN - Public Health Nursing

Walden University's RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a specialization in Public Health Nursing offers current RNs the opportunity to learn more about nursing and intervention techniques in population and community health. Find out more about this online MSN program here.

Official Program Name:

RN-to-MSN with a specialization in Public Health Nursing

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the RN to MSN bridge program must have a diploma or associate's degree in nursing. Potential students must also be licensed RNs and have an interest in working with underserved communities. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What environmental factors affect community health? How are public health programs developed and implemented? Which epidemiologic methodologies are used in the study of human population diseases? These are among the topics that students could explore when they enroll in the Public Health Nursing specialization of Walden University's online RN-to-MSN program. Specialization courses could also focus on methods for assessing environmental health risks, types of environmental threats, public health research, and leadership strategies in public healthcare systems. In core courses, students have the opportunity to learn about strategies for public health improvement, nursing informatics, patient care delivery, and healthcare regulations through classroom discussions and case study examinations.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

76 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the RN-to-MSN with a Specialization in Public Health Nursing:

To earn this master's degree, students must complete a total of 76 credits; this total reflects 26 credits in foundation courses, 20 credits in the core curriculum, and 30 credits in the Public Health Nursing specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Courses (26 credits)

  • Issues and Trends in Nursing
  • Foundations of Nursing Research
  • Role of the Nurse Leader in Population Health
  • Topics in Clinical Nursing
  • Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Healthcare

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Public Health Policy, Politics, and Progress
  • Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology
  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership

Specialization Courses: Public Health Nursing (30 credits)

  • Environmental Health: Local to Global
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Public Health Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Population-Based Public Health Nursing Interventions
  • Public Health Nursing Leadership

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Walden University's RN-to-MSN Public Health Nursing program could choose to continue their studies in a doctoral degree program. By earning a doctoral degree in nursing, graduates could be prepared for teaching or administrative careers in colleges or universities or for managerial positions in nursing research. Possible degree options include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a specialization in Population Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a specialization in Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a specialization in Healthcare Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Career Paths:

Earning this MSN degree with a specialization in Public Health Nursing could lead graduates to seek directorial or managerial positions in a variety of clinical or nonclinical healthcare settings. They might find these positions in community health centers, government healthcare agencies, outpatient clinics, nonprofit health organizations, or public schools.

Careers graduates could consider include:

  • School nursing director
  • Public health nurse manager
  • Health education program director
  • Community center health coordinator
  • Team director of population-focused healthcare services

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