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Community/Public Health Nursing (MS)

HEGIS Code: 1203.10 | CUNY Plan Code: COMPHNU-MS

The Hunter College School of Nursing offers a 42-credit hybrid program in community/public health nursing leading to a master of science (MS) degree. This program prepares advanced public health nurses who can assume leadership roles in community and population health in a variety of settings, including community-based programs, clinics, and public health agencies.

Students learn to apply advanced knowledge and research findings to practice through coursework and 501 hours of supervised clinical practicum experience.


Course of Study

The program consists of core nursing and public health courses taken with other graduate students in nursing, specialization and clinical courses, and one elective course. The elective may be chosen from any graduate program at Hunter College.

Course descriptions are available in the graduate section of the Hunter College Course Catalog.

Nursing Core Courses (12 credits)

NURS 700    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr.)

NURS 702    Advanced Nursing Research (3 cr.)

NURS 704    Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 cr.)

NURS 749    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

School of Public Health Core Courses (9 credits)

PH 750        Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 cr.)

PH 752        Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr.)

PH 754        Fundamentals of Environmental Health (3 cr.)

Specialization and Clinical Practicum Courses (18 credits)

All core nursing and public health courses must be completed prior to beginning the specialization and practicum courses.

All didactic portions of the specialization and clinical practicum courses are online with the practicums being supervised and in-person.

NURS 775    Community Health Assessment (3 cr.)

NURS 771    Community/Public Health Nursing I (5 cr., 167 hrs practicum)

NURS 772    Community/Public Health Nursing II (5 cr., 167 hrs practicum)

NURS 773    Community/Public Health Nursing III (5 cr., 167 hrs practicum)

Elective (3 credits)

One elective (any graduate-level course)


Community/Public Health Nursing fact sheet (PDF)


How to Apply

Review our admission requirements for all nursing master's specializations. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The CPHN MS program reviews applications twice a year for admission in the fall (March 1 deadline) and spring (December 1 deadline) semesters.


For more information, please contact Dr. Judith Aponte, Community/Public Health Nursing Specialization Coordinator, at or 212-481-7568.