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Public Health Nursing

Graduates of the Public Health Nursing specialty develop leadership and advanced public health skills.

The Public Health Nursing specialty, designed for both novice and experienced nurses, supports the transition to leadership positions in public/community health or population-focused health care. Its emphasis is on a systems approach to integrating both social determinants of health and evidenced-based practice in health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management for targeted populations, aiding in the development of leadership and advanced public health skills in community-based assessment, program planning, interventions and outcomes.

Advanced skills include leading and influencing local, state and regional public health agencies through advocacy, social justice, policy development and analysis, development of community partnerships and grant development. Also significant to this role is the attainment of leadership skills to support local to national public health/population-based practice.

Graduates will find employment in state and federal agencies, academic health centers, school health, global health and as leaders in community-based, non-profit and advocacy agencies. All required courses are offered online.

Stackable Program: To encourage career and academic progression, students who have completed the Population Health Nursing Certificate have special Graduate Studies approval to apply the five certificate courses (NRSG 808, 809, 811, 826, and 880) to the master's program degree requirements.

Summary of Course Requirements

Common Core

Course Number


Credit hours

NRSG 748

Theories for Practice and Research: Individual, Family, Community


NRSG 754

Health Care Research


NRSG 755

Professionalism in Advanced Nursing Practice


NRSG 898

Scholarly Project in Nursing



Subtotal: 11

Leadership Core

Course Number


Credit Hours

NRSG 880

Organizational Foundations for Leading Change


NRSG 808

Social Context for Health Care Policy


NRSG 885

Evaluation and Analysis for Health Care Effectiveness


NRSG 826

Global Perspectives and Diversity in Health Care


IPHI 820

Program, Project, and Communication Planning



Subtotal: 11

Public Health Nursing Specialty Core

Course Number Course Credit Hours

NRSG 809

Health Promotion and Complementary Therapeutics


NRSG 811

Principles of Clinical Epidemiology


PRVM 830

Environmental Health


NRSG 827 & 828

Advanced Concepts in Public Health Nursing & Practicum

2 & 3

NRSG 829

Public Health Practicum



Subtotal: 17

Total Credits Required: 39

Master of Science in Nursing

KU School of Nursing
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-1619 | TTY 711