Public health involves preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts. It is a combination of six core areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, health education, behavioral science, and environmental science. Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on caring for individuals, families, and families so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced degree for registered nurses that can prepare them to seek careers as nurse administrators, health policy experts, clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, and managers. The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree builds upon these nursing concepts with coursework in behavioral and social public health theory and practice, biostatistics and data analysis, advanced epidemiology, environmental health, policy advocacy, program planning and evaluation, among others. By combining these two disciplines into a dual degree, students can enhance their skills in both public health and clinical nursing. Programs can be completed in six or seven semesters of full-time study. Graduates prepare for leadership positions in public health agencies, community-based programs, population-based research initiatives, global health programs, and academic institutions.