Community Health Specialization (M.S.N.)

This option is designed to prepare the graduate in community health nursing in either public health administration or in school health nursing. The main focus is on preparing the graduate to assume a leadership or management role in a specific area of community health nursing, working with special populations and communities to promote and improve community health.

Students develop competence in the multifaceted role of a specialist and use their advanced knowledge, responsible decision-making, innovative problem solving and communication to promote change in the community.

Students engage in the competent use of the nursing process to diagnose the health problems of special populations to design programs to facilitate optimal wellness within the community environment, and improve delivery of health care, health education, early detection and screening and prevention services.

Students serve as consultants and engage in social, ethical and political actions to influence and initiate change in health care policy in order to promote community health.

Program Director
  Sheila Hartung, Ph.D., RN

Department of Nursing
3109 McCormick Center
Fax: 570-389-5008

Mission and Philosophy


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    Getting Started

    Completed application packets consist of the following information (all application materials should be mailed directly to The Office of Graduate Studies, 212 Centennial Hall, Bloomsburg University, 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301)

    • Graduate school application and fee
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
    • Copy of current, unencumbered Pennsylvania professional nursing license
    • Resume which includes description of professional nursing and clinical experience
    • Typed career goals
    • Three completed recommendation forms

    Interviews with the Director of the Community Health Program Director and Graduate Program Coordinator will be conducted after completed application is reviewed. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Sheila Q. Hartung, Ph.D., RN, Director of the Community Health Nurse Programs at 570-389–4606 or

    CCNE Accreditation

    CCNE Accreditation

    The Master's degree programs in Nursing at Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.