Community/Public Health Nursing, M.S.N.

38 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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The Community/Public Health Nursing specialty prepares nurses to assume leadership in assessing communities and populations, identifying high risk groups, and partnering with communities, consumers, and stakeholders, developing culturally-sensitive, acceptable and realistic community-based nursing interventions. Graduates are expected to demonstrate PHN Competencies identified by the Quad Council (2004).

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of Community/Public Health Nursing. Career examples include but are not limited to: 

Public Health Departments • Home Health Agencies • Hospice • Community Organizations • Wellness Centers • School Systems • Faith Communities • Industry • Rural/Urban Settings


Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • November 1 (spring)
  • April 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

General requirements for Master's students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the MSN Systems/Population: Community Public Health Nursing specialty:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
  • Baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited university. A BSN degree is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, other prerequisite courses may be required as part of the plan of study.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  • A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
  • One year of professional nursing practice is recommended.

This specialty requires completion of 38 credit hours in approved courses including:

Core Courses: (9 credit hours)

  • NURS 6101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 6160: Research in Nursing and Health Professions (3)
  • NURS 6115: Health Policy and Planning in the U.S. (3)

Cognate Courses: (9 credit hours)

  • HLTH 6202: Community Epidemiology (3)
  • STAT 6127: Introduction to Biostatistics (3)

Elective Course: Select one of the following

  • NURS 6185: Theory and Application in the Organizational Behavior to Nursing Systems (3)
  • NURS 6187: Health Informatics and Financial Management for Nurses (3)
  • NURS 6188: Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Nursing (3)
  • NURS 6275: Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Wellness for Older Adults (3)
  • NURS 6301: Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6302: Trends and Issues in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6303: Instructional Technology in Nursing Education (3)
  • ELDT 5100: Technology Integration in Education (3)
  • ELDT 6000: Topics in Instructional Systems Technology (1-6)
  • ELDT 6100: Foundations of Instructional Systems Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6101: Learning Principles in Instructional Systems Technology (3)
  • ELDT 6110: Instructional Design (3)
  • ELDT 6135: Learning Media, Resources, and Technology (3)

System Core Courses: (6 credit hours)

  • NURS 6211: Health Disparities and Nursing (3) or
  • NURS 6090: Selected Topics in Nursing (1-3) (Study Abroad)
  • NURS 6212: Program Improvement and Evaluation (3)

Specialty Courses: (11 credit hours)

  • NURS 6180: Community/Public Health Nursing Theory and Practice (3)
  • NURS 6480: Community/Public Health Nursing Internship I (3)
  • NURS 6481: Community/Public Health Nursing Internship II (3)
  • NURS 6210: Family Health in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)

Capstone Courses: (3 credit hours)

  • NURS 6603: Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

Additional Degree Requirements:

  1. Courses in the C/PHN specialty area are offered alternate years.
  2. Community/Public Health Nursing courses are only offered online through Distance Education. Core and Selected Core courses can be taken on campus or online as published in the Schedule of Courses.
  3. A total of 360 clinical hours is required to complete the program.
  4. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (“B”) GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two “C” grades.
  5. Faculty Advising is required.

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $280.34 per credit hour
  • $66.67 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $13,187.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $521.29 per credit hour
  • $66.67 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $22,344.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,026.68 per credit hour
  • $66.67 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $41,548.00 est. program cost