Nursing and Public Health (MS/MPH)

The Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH) dual degree option prepares you for a diverse range of careers in nursing and public health.

This dual-degree program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in health-related agencies and settings in which a combined expertise in nursing and public health is beneficial. It is available to students in all graduate nursing specialties.

You'll earn:

  • Master of Science (MS) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine

As a student in this option, you’ll have the opportunity to earn both degrees in less time — and at less cost — than if you pursued each degree separately.

  • The MS degree requires 30 and 72 credits, depending on the program of study.
  • The MPH degree requires 42 credits, including 23 credit hours of core courses and 19 credit hours in an area of concentration; you must select a concentration in either Epidemiology or Community & Population Health.

You can graduate with both degrees in as little as three years.

  • The School of Nursing will allow students to use 9 credits obtained in the MPH program to fulfill MS elective requirements.
  • The School of Medicine will allow students to use 6 credits earned in the MS program as MPH electives.

In addition to these 15 shared credits:

  • nursing courses that fulfill requirements for both degrees and have a joint designation in both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, or that are listed as MPH electives, may count toward both the MS and MPH
  • with prior approval of the Nursing Specialty Program Director, an approved 6-credit MPH capstone experience may serve as the final practicum or precept experience in the School of Nursing.

Each school awards its own degree and has its own admissions process. You must meet all the requirements for the MS and MPH programs to receive both degrees. 

For more information, visit the University of Maryland School of Medicine site.

Sample Plan of Study: Epidemiology Concentration

Sample Plan of Study: Epidemiology Concentration*

Required Core Courses (23 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PH 600
NURS 671
Principles of Epidemiology
Substitute: SON Epidemiological Assessment Strategies
3
3
PH 621 Biostatistical Methods 3
PH 668 Environmental/Occupational Health 3
PH 648 Introduction to the Health System, Policy & Management 3
PH 610 Foundations of Public Health 3
PH xxx Public Health Ethics 2
PH 789 Supervised Capstone Experience
Substitute**: 4 credits of NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/ Public Health upon approval of Specialty Director and MPH Concentration Director
6
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 16 additional credits to satisfy the MPH core requirement.
Required Concentration Courses (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PREV 803 Clinical Trials/Experimental Epidemiology 3
PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology 3
PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 4
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 10 additional credits to satisfy the MPH concentration requirement.
Approved Elective Courses (9 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Electives, subject to approval 9
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 9 additional elective credits to satisfy the MPH elective requirement.
Total Credits
Required Core, Concentration, and Approved Electives 42
Total Additional Credits for MS/MPH 35
Total Credits for Dual Degree 77

*Students will take all of the courses required in the Community/Public Health Specialty.

**Substitute fulfills only partial requirement for the MPH. MS students need an additional two credits of supervised field experience and must meet the proposal, participation, presentation and portfolio requirements for the MPH.

Sample Plan of Study: Community & Population Health Concentration

Sample Plan of Study: Community & Population Health Concentration*

Required Core Courses (23 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PH 600
NURS 671
Principles of Epidemiology
Substitute: SON Epidemiological Assessment Strategies
3
3
PH 621 Biostatistical Methods 3
PH 668 Environmental/Occupational Health 3
PH 648 Introduction to the Health System, Policy & Management 3
PH 610 Foundations of Public Health 3
PH xxx Public Health Ethics 2
PH 789 Supervised Capstone Experience
Substitute**: 4 credits of NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health upon approval of Specialty Director and MPH Concentration Director
6
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 16 additional credits to satisfy the MPH core requirement.
Required Concentration Courses (9 Credits)
Course Title Credits
PREV 758 Health Survey Research Methods 3
PREV 625 Community-based Participatory Research: Theory and Methods 3
PREV 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community Public Health 3
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 6 additional credits to satisfy the MPH concentration requirement.
Approved Elective Courses (10 Credits)
Course Title Credits
NURS 769 Society, Health and Social Justice 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS xxx Others, subject to approval 4
Community/Public Health MS Specialty students need 4 additional elective credits to satisfy the MPH elective requirement.
Total Credits
Required Core, Concentration, and Approved Electives 42
Total Additional Credits for MS/MPH 26
Total Credits for Dual Degree 68

*Students will take all of the courses required in the Community/Public Health Specialty.

**Substitute fulfills only partial requirement for the MPH. MS students need an additional two credits of supervised field experience and must meet the proposal, participation, presentation and portfolio requirements for the MPH.

 

MS Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • successful completion of a course in elementary statistics or nursing research
  • successful completion of a physical assessment course, except for applicants to:
    • Nursing and Business Administration (MS/MBA)
    • Health Services Leadership and Management
    • Nursing Informatics.

Application Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

  • Community and Public Health applicants should select NURS - MS on the application type dropdown list.
  • Health Services Leadership and Management (all options) and Nursing Informatics applicants should select NURS - Online Masters on the application type dropdown list.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit via online application, via email to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu, or by mail.

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Submit via email to:
admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu

One recommendation. Your recommendations must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. After Feb. 2, 2018 a recommendation form and letter will be required.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

The Health Service Leadership management and Nursing Informatics master's specialties are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.

Deadlines:

  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in January
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in August

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.