Explore the Public Health Nursing (PHN) Industry
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.
Get Your Master’s in Public Health Nursing (MSN) From GCU
Grand Canyon University's Master (MSN) in Public Health Nursing emphasis program prepares you 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.
As a graduate of the public health nursing MSN program, you will provide population-based care that is respectful of human dignity and patient autonomy in accordance with Christian principles. You will recognize the unique role patients' spirituality and your own spirituality plays in healthcare decision-making processes and management of care. You will be prepared to advocate for ethical healthcare policies, and promote public health and wellness in efforts to reduce health disparities as well as improve the quality of life for diverse communities and populations.
MSN in Public Health Qualifications
Competencies for public health nursing include:
- Interprofessional collaboration
- Health policy and advocacy
- Population assessment
- Health 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 Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing Degree¹
While in the master’s in public health nursing program, you will be exposed to content and knowledge from both nursing and public health fields. You will acquire a heightened understanding of public policies, theories, principles and their application to real-life cases. As part of the program, you will complete an evidence-based practice project tailored to your specific area of interest. The public health nursing MSN program also culminates with a practicum experience where you will learn to apply public health nursing concepts and skills in a public health setting.
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MSN in Public Health Emphasis FAQs
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1Take most classes 100% online (clinical, practicum and immersion hours completed locally).
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