What is a Public Health Nurse (PHN)?
Public health nursing is a specialty practice that focuses on population health in an effort to prevent disease and disability and promote wellness. Public health nurses define, assess and help create solutions to current public health concerns. They evaluate emerging treatments and policies that can help change the public health landscape and reduce disease and illness.
Why Get Your Master’s in Nursing – Public Health at GCU?
Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing program prepares graduates to be actively involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health programs and services. It is designed for nurses interested in disease-prevention and community and population health.
Graduates of the MSN – Public Health program provide population-based care that is respectful of human dignity and patient autonomy in accordance with Christian principles. They can recognize the unique role patients' spirituality and their own spirituality play in health care decision-making processes and management of care. Students are prepared to advocate for ethical and just health care policies and promote public health and wellness in efforts to reduce health disparities and improve the quality of life for diverse communities and populations.
Public Health Nurse Qualifications
Competencies for public health nursing include:
- Mastery of interprofessional collaboration
- Health policy and advocacy
- Population assessment
- Prevention strategies
- Program planning and evaluation
Public health nurses work with individuals and families that make up communities and the systems that affect those communities. They work in a variety of settings including health departments, schools, homes, community health centers, clinics, correctional facilities and worksites.
Earn an Online* Accredited Nursing Degree
Students in the MSN with an emphasis in public health nursing program are exposed to content and knowledge from both nursing and public-health fields. They acquire a heightened understanding of public policies, theories, principles and their application to real-life cases. As part of the program, students complete an evidence-based practice project tailored to the student's area of specific interest. The MSN program also culminates with a practicum experience where students will learn to apply public-health nursing concepts and skills in a public health setting.
*Not 100% online. GCU’s MSN programs require in-person practicum and clinical experiences with a preceptor.