University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Master of Science - Advanced Public Health Nurse Track


Grand Forks, ND 58202

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science - Advanced Public Health Nurse Track, Post-Master's Certificate - Advanced Public Health Nurse Track

Format: Online

Program Description:

In the online Master of Science or Post-Master's Certificate - Advanced Public Health Nurse Track, you will: -Become educated in nursing, social, and public health sciences. -Understand the population-focused care of vulnerable populations in rural areas. -Possess advanced skills and knowledge for leadership positions. As a graduate of the programs, you will be able to: -Integrate theories, research, and experiential knowledge into APHN practice with vulnerable rural populations. -Demonstrate advanced practice skills consistent with American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice for Public Health Nursing. -Assume the roles and behaviors of an APHN specialist in direct client care, nurses and nursing practice, and organizations/systems. -Use research to effectively improve the care of populations, consistent with the role of a clinical nurse specialist. -Effect change in public health nursing using leadership, management, and teaching strategies. -Collaborate with other disciplines and partner with communities to improve healthcare and to influence health policy for vulnerable rural populations. -Contribute to the development of public health nursing policy, nursing practice, and the profession. After successful completion of your program, you will be eligible to complete the national American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam for an Advanced Public Health Nurse. These full- or part-time programs are designed for nurses with a bachelor's degree (master's for certificate) who are unable to attend traditional, on-campus classes. You will participate in most class activities at the time and place of your choice. You will be required to visit the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, ONCE during the first year of your program. The on-campus component is meant to integrate, extend, and apply the knowledge you learned in previous online courses and readings. A local clinical practicum will also be completed in or near your home community. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 32 Cert;40-42 Degree

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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