Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS in Nursing - Public Health (Bridge)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Prepare for a Career in Healthcare With the Public Health MSN Bridge Pathway

Offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health) pathway allows experienced RNs with a non-nursing bachelor's degree to embark on the road to earning a public health MSN degree. Upon completing foundational nursing courses from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you will then enter the bridge MSN pathway with a focus on public health which offers an intensive introduction to key skills and concepts in public health analysis, planning and implementation.
Jumpstart Your Graduate Degree through an MSN Bridge Pathway with a Public Health Emphasis

The requirements for the public health MSN bridge pathway allow you to bridge your knowledge and experience as an RN while gaining knowledge of a new nursing discipline — public health nursing. This bridge pathway:

    Consists of 24 total credits
    Has five-week long online classes, with the exception of the capstone course
    Provides introductory nursing courses to prepare you for your return to formal education
    Offers a time-effective option for current RNs looking to get into public health nursing

After completing this public health MSN bridge pathway, you will have the educational background and foundational knowledge you need to pursue the Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing program and begin your career in public health.
Public Health MSN Bridge Pathway Students Master Core Nursing Skills and Principles

As an MSN bridge pathway with a concentration in public health student, you will enroll in seven prerequisite courses that will prepare you for coursework at the graduate level. You will learn to:

    Assess learning needs, create and implement a health teaching plan and evaluate student learning in both traditional and nontraditional settings
    Develop prevention, treatment and intervention methods for diverse populations
    Interpret statistics in order to make decisions
    Synthesize research relevant to the nursing and healthcare industry
    Disseminate information related to health promotion to clients with differing backgrounds
    Utilize assessment techniques and knowledge of pathophysiology to enhance patient outcomes

 You will have the opportunity to evaluate emergent research, education, policies and treatments that can spark changes to promote health and reduce human disease and illness globally, in local communities, and within specialized populations.

The MSN in public health culminates with a capstone practicum project, allowing you to demonstrate your ability to solve a real-world public health issue.

Careers for Public Health MSN Bridge Pathway Graduates

Public health nursing graduates can look forward to pursuing a career in the public health field. By completing this public health MSN bridge pathway, you will not only be prepared to work in advanced care settings, but also be equipped to serve as a public health advocate working to implement change in public and community health organizations.  

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well.  Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners, retrieved on March 17, 2023.


Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (member of North Central Assocation of Colleges and Schools).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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