Public Health Nursing

The need for public health nurse leaders is expected to grow significantly in the coming decade due to the increasing frequency of natural and environmental disasters and public health emergencies, climate change, an aging population and growing concerns about health disparities and social justice issues. COVID-19 has revealed deep gaps within an already fragmented U.S. health care system, heightening the need for team-based care, infection control, person-centered care and other skills that capitalize on the strengths of nurses.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Public Health Nursing prepares nurses to apply knowledge, skills and abilities to respond to these events using evidence from research to design, implement and evaluate population-based interventions and to lead efforts to advance public health initiatives at the local, state, tribal, federal and global levels. Graduates from this program can choose between Advanced Public Health Nursing and Occupational Health Nursing tracks.

Curriculum and Practicum Experience

The program requires eight semesters. Coursework includes:

  • Principles of Public Health Negotiation and Mediation
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Principles of Public Health Ethics, Equity, and Advocacy
  • Leveraging Analytics and Business Intelligence Tools for Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Epidemiological Methods in Healthcare
  • Informatics for DNP Practice

Students also complete three practicums designed to immerse them into public health organizations where they can apply the skills and knowledge developed in the program.

More Information

Contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or