Community/Public Health Nursing

Community and Public Health Nursing: a nurse takes a community member's pulse

This master's specialty will prepare you for advanced practice in community/public health nursing. With a focus on health promotion and disease prevention, the curriculum will give you the opportunity to explore a range of topics including:

  • health needs of select populations in community contexts
  • epidemiology, program planning, and evaluation
  • grant writing, organizational analysis, and public messaging

After graduation, you’ll be able to implement core public health principles and practice in a variety of settings, including local and state health departments, federal and state agencies, schools, and non-governmental agencies. You’ll also be eligible for certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse— Board Certified.

Web-based courses may be available. Full-time, part-time, and post-master's (non-degree) options are available.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Full-Time Study

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total12
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 671 Epidemological Assessment Strategies 3
NURS 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 762 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health Practicum 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total12
Third Semester (Summer)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total3
Fourth Semester (Fall)
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement 3
Total11
Total Credits38

Sample Plan of Full-Time Study - Spring Start

CourseTitleCredits
Spring — first semester
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total12
Fall — second semester
NURS 761 Populations at Risk 3
NURS 769 Society Health and Social Justice 3
NURS 782 Health Systems and Health Policy 3
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total12
Spring — third semester
NURS 732 Program Planning 3
NURS 762 Program Planning Practicum 3
Total6
Fall — fourth semester
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
Total11
Total Credits38

Part-Time Sample Plan of Study - Spring Start

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Spring)
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
Total6
Second Semester (Fall)
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
Total6
Third Semester (Spring)
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
Total6
Fourth Semester (Fall)
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement 3
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total6
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NURS 732 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health 3
NURS 762 Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health Practicum 3
Total6
Sixth Semester (Fall)
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
Total8
Total Credits38

Part-Time Sample Plan of Study - Fall Start

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NURS 761 Populations at Risk 3
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
Total6
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 671 Epidemiological Assessment Strategies 3
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Total6
Third Semester (Summer)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
Total3
Fourth Semester (Fall)
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 769 Society Health and Social Justice 3
Total6
Fifth Semester (Spring)
NURS 732 Program Planning 3
NURS 762 Program Planning Practicum 3
Total6
Sixth Semester (Summer)
NRSG 782 Health Systems and Health Policy 3
Total3
Seventh Semester (Fall) 
 NURS 733  Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health Nursing 4
 Total
Total Credits38

Post-Master's (non-degree)

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (Fall)
NURS 730 Environmental Health 3
NURS 769 Society, Health, and Social Justice 3
NURS 761 Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health 3
Total9
Second Semester (Spring)
NURS 671 Epidemological Assessment Strategies 3
NURS 732 Program Planning and Evaluation for Community/Public Health 3
NURS 762 Program Planning and Evaluation for Community/Public Health Practicum 3
Total9
Third Semester (Fall)
NURS 733 Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
NURS 753 Practicum in Leadership in Community/Public Health 4
Total8
Total Credits26

 

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.

Faculty

Pat McLaine, DrPh, MPH, RN, specialty director and assistant professor

Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor and director, Wellmobile and school-based wellness programs

Beth Barrows, MS, RN, clinical instructor

Allison Del Bene Davis, PhD, APHN-BC, assistant professor

Megan Doede, MS, RN, clinical instructor

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Lori A. Edwards, DrPH, MPH, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor

Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN, assistant professor

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katie McElroy, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, chair and associate professor

Yulan Liang, PhD, associate professor

Pat McLaine, DrPH, MPH, RN, assistant professor and specialty director

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, RN, clinical instructor

Rosemarie Satyshur, PhD, RN, assistant professor

Katherine Scott, MPH, BSN, RN, clinical instructor

Michelle Spencer, MS, RN, clinical instructor

Carla Storr, ScD, MPH, professor 

Anita Tarzian, PhD, RN, associate professor

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN, professor

Susan Wozenski, JD, MPH, vice chair and assistant professor 

Patricia Zimberg, JD, MS, RN, assistant professor

"I attribute my successes and career advancements to the strong foundation I got from the CPH program and the mentors that have been there throughout my nursing and public health journeys." Carolyn Nganga-Good, MS '07, RN, CPH