Community/Public Health (MSN)
This program focuses on advanced nursing, social, and public health sciences education. The Community/Public Health Nursing program provides a foundation for planning and evaluating community/public health programs; learning about community/public health concepts, health promotion, population-level interventions, health care systems, leadership, and health policy; addressing health disparities of vulnerable and diverse populations; and practicing and consulting in diverse and multicultural settings.
Graduates will be able to integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced public health practice. Options are also available to combine the Community/Public Health MSN with the Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of a Community / Public Health Nurse?
Graduates will be prepared to assume roles in education, case management, clinical practice, consultation, research, and administration. The advanced community/public health nurse can expect to gain employment in the following settings: public health, schools and universities, non-governmental organizations, occupational health, international health, correctional health, long-term care, hospice care, and a variety of community, public and private agencies and organizations.
Who can apply for the Allen College Community/Public Health Nurse Program?
Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school may apply. (Registered Nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may also apply. They will be required to complete undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research, and community health prior to enrollment in certain master's level courses in addition to holding an associate's degree in nursing). A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required.
How are clinical preceptors chosen?
Students in the Community/Public Health Nurse track choose preceptors from a variety of settings. Appropriate settings include various community settings (such as county public health departments, health promotion agencies, correctional facilities, and agencies that provide services to disparate populations) and long-term care. Students typically contact a potential preceptor and discuss the objectives of the experience to determine if the setting and work of the potential preceptor are an appropriate fit. Preceptors for Community/Public Health Nurse students normally have a minimum of a MSN degree. In some instances, a master's degree in another field may be adequate, e.g., a master's degree in healthcare administration, a master's in business administration, or a master's in public health.
May I be certified following completion of the Community/Public Health Nursing Track of the MSN program?
Graduates of the post-master's certificate program or the CHN/PH MSN degree program may seek certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse - Board Certified (APHN-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Additional information regarding this certification may be viewed here.