Graduate nursing students

Public Health Nursing (MSN)

BU's MSN in Public Health nursing prepares students with advanced knowledge for a multifaceted role and innovative problem solving to improve the delivery of health care, health education, and prevention either in a community or school health setting.

Degrees & Offerings
  • MSN
Format Option(s)
  • Online
Program Contact
Public Health MSN Program Director; Assistant Professor
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Our program options prepare the graduate in either public health nursing or school health nursing. The program specialization is designed to prepare the graduate to promote and protect the health of the population using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences. PHNs engage in population-focused practice and apply public health concepts of prevention at the individual, family and community level. Students engage in the competent use of the nursing process to assess and diagnose health problems of populations and aggregates in order to design programs to facilitate optimal wellness.

One year of current acute care experience. Interviews with the Graduate Nursing Department Admissions Committee will be conducted via a rolling admission process. For more information contact Kimberly Olszewski, DNP CRNP, Director of the Nurse Practitioner Programs, at or 570-389-4613.

Interviews with the Public Health Program Director will be conducted after completed application is reviewed.

Admissions Requirements

Completed application packets consist of the following information (all application materials should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 161 Arts & Administration Building, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or electronically to

  • Graduate school application and fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Copy of current, unencumbered Pennsylvania professional nursing license
  • Copy of current school nurse certificate (if applying to the public health - school health nursing program)
  • Resume which includes description of professional nursing and clinical experience
  • Typed career goals
  • Three completed recommendation forms

Interviews with the Public Health Program Director will be conducted after completed application is reviewed.

Courses and Curriculum

Required Courses and Sequence

The Public Health Nursing MSN program at BU encompasses 39 credits.

The Public Health Nursing - School Health Nurse MSN program at BU encompasses 39 credits.

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