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Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing specialty is for both novice and experienced nurses that support the transition to leadership positions in public/community health or population focused healthcare. Graduates develop leadership and advanced public health skills in community-based assessment, program planning, interventions and outcomes. The emphasis is on a systems approach integrating both social determinants of health and evidenced -based practice in health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management for targeted populations.  Advanced skills include leading and influencing local, state, regional and national public health agendas with expertise in 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 the Health and Human Services sector, academic health centers, global health and as leaders in community-based, non-profit and advocacy agencies. Graduates with this specialty are prepared to be responsible for major programs or functions within organizations, developing strategies and vision for nursing entities and/or securing organizational culture committed to advancing population focused nursing and interprofessional collaboration. With the exception of Professionalism & Scholarship Workshop (NRSG 935) and DNP Synthesis Workshop (NRSG 954), all required courses are offered online.

Sample Plan of Study - Preferred Plan of Study (PDF)

Nursing Licensure

This program leads to an academic credential and is not a licensure preparation program. As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.

Last modified: Nov 16, 2020