Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing

Format: Online

Program Description:

Explore the Public Health Nursing (PHN) Industry

Public health nursing is a specialty practice that focuses on population health in an effort to prevent disease and disability and promote wellness. Public health nurses define, assess and help create solutions to current public health concerns. They evaluate emerging treatments and policies that can help change the public health landscape and reduce disease and illness.

Get Your Master’s in Public Health Nursing (MSN) From GCU

Grand Canyon University's Master (MSN) in Public Health Nursing emphasis program prepares you to be actively involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health programs and services. It is designed for nurses interested in disease-prevention and community and population health.

As a graduate of the public health nursing MSN program, you will provide population-based care that is respectful of human dignity and patient autonomy in accordance with Christian principles. You will recognize the unique role patients' spirituality and your own spirituality plays in healthcare decision-making processes and management of care. You will be prepared to advocate for ethical healthcare policies, and promote public health and wellness in efforts to reduce health disparities as well as improve the quality of life for diverse communities and populations.
MSN in Public Health Qualifications

Competencies for public health nursing include:

    Interprofessional collaboration
    Health policy and advocacy
    Population assessment
    Health prevention strategies
    Program planning and evaluation

Public health nurses work with individuals and families that make up communities and the systems that affect those communities. They work in a variety of settings including health departments, schools, homes, community health centers, clinics, correctional facilities and worksites.

Earn an Online Accredited Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health Nursing Degree¹

While in the master’s in public health nursing program, you will be exposed to content and knowledge from both nursing and public health fields. You will acquire a heightened understanding of public policies, theories, principles and their application to real-life cases. As part of the program, you will complete an evidence-based practice project tailored to your specific area of interest. The public health nursing MSN program also culminates with a practicum experience where you will learn to apply public health nursing concepts and skills in a public health setting.

For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.

1 Online courses exclude programs with residencies and field experience.


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

Facts & Figures

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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