University of North Dakota

Nursing - Public/Community Health


University Ave

Grand Forks, ND 58202

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Nursing - Public/Community Health

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Public/Community Health Specialization (P/CHN) educates nurses in nursing, social, and public health sciences, while emphasizing population-focused care of vulnerable populations in rural areas. Skills and knowledge for advanced practice leadership in population-focused care are accentuated. The program is distance-delivered. The course of study requires 49 – 51 credits, depending on if Thesis or Independent Study option is chosen. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certifying exam for a Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. A Post Master Certificate in Nursing for the Public and Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist is also available. Specialization Objectives Specialty outcome objectives for the P/CHN specialization build upon the graduate nursing program objectives by expecting that the student will: 1. Integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into advanced P/CHN practice with vulnerable rural populations. 2. Demonstrate advanced practice skills in the provision of population-focused care, consistent with ANA’s Scope and Standards of Practice for Public Health Nursing. 3. Assume the roles and behaviors of a P/CHN CNS in the spheres of direct client care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations/systems. 4. Utilize research to effectively improve the care of populations, consistent with CNS role. 5. Effect change in public/community health nursing using leadership, management, and teaching strategies. 6. Collaborate with other disciplines and partner with communities to improve health and health care and influence health policy for vulnerable rural populations. 7. Contribute to the development of public/community health nursing policy, nursing practice, and the profession.


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

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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