MSN & MPH Dual Degree: MS in Nursing with a Master of Public Health

For RNs interested in public health, earning a graduate-level dual degree that combines nursing education with public health is an option. The Master of Science in nursing (MSN) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree gives the RN the entry-level degree to become an advance practice nurse, nurse educator, or nurse administrator, while at the same time learning about public health practice. An RN who holds the MSN and MPH dual degree can work as a public health nurse or senior-level administrator or manager of a community health or public health organization.

How to Apply to an MSN & MPH Dual Degree Program

Dual degree programs have unique admissions requirements and areas of emphasis. Most schools require students to apply to both the MPH and MSN programs and declare an area of specialty in the nursing school. For an MSN and MPH program, students must typically submit the following materials:

  • Application form with application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work
  • Two to three letters of recommendation
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), depending on the program requirements. Note: This may not be required if you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in nursing courses for the baccalaureate degree in nursing.)
  • Current RN license
  • Statement of Purpose

MSN & MPH Dual Degree Program Requirements

MSN and MPH dual degree programs prepare students to assume leadership positions in public health agencies, community-based programs, research initiatives, global health programs, and academic institutions. Program requirements vary according to the school, but students must typically complete the following:

  1. Complete all graduate degree requirements to earn an MSN degree
  2. Complete all graduate coursework in an administrative or clinical specialty area which may include: nurse administrator, nurse educator, nurse manager, nurse practitioner, public health practitioner, nurse mid-wife, or psychiatric-mental health nurse
  3. Complete all graduate degree requirements to earn an MPH degree which encompasses courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, leadership development, and public health and social welfare

MSN & MPH Dual Degree Career Options

Students enrolled in an MSN and MPH dual degree program benefit from the combined curriculum of both public policy and advanced nursing courses and clinical work. An MSN and MPH dual degree prepares students to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, physician practice management, community health centers, government organization, health and education departments, and home health agencies. Nurses with clinical expertise and specialized training and education in public policy can expect an excellent job outlook and salary potential.