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Master of Science in Nursing / Public Health

Program Details

The demand for public health professionals is rapidly increasing as a result of health care reform, environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, sociopolitical factors affecting our nation’s health, and expansion of health issues that are global in scope. Professionals who graduate from the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program may hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies, international health organizations, community-based health education and health promotion settings, and the corporate world. Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program can be actively involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and services. The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program is designed for nurses interested in disease prevention and community health. Public health professionals draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, assess, and ultimately resolve public health problems. Students study theories, concepts, and principles of public health and their application. The curriculum, developed around the nursing core and national public health curriculum standards, uses a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes psychological, behavioral, and social factors influencing population-based health disparities; principles of epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental public health concepts; public health administration systems and processes; and economic factors. It prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health program culminates with a practicum and capstone project that students are able to design to best fit their area of specific interest.


  • An accredited college or program that has been approved by Grand Canyon University (GCU), with a 2.8 GPA or higher
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a CCNE/NLNAC or ACEN accredited program with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher; or a bachelor’s degree in a related field with completion of the bridge to MSN (including Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program [NCEP] students)
  • Possess a current unencumbered, unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN)

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)