The Community/Public Health Nursing specialty prepares nurses to assume leadership in assessing communities and populations, identifying high risk groups, and in partnership with communities, consumers, and stakeholders, developing culturally-sensitive, acceptable and realistic community-based nursing interventions. Graduates are expected to demonstrate PHN Competencies identified by the Quad Council (2004).

Upon graduation, individuals will be qualified to sit for the exam leading to Board Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Advanced Public Health Nurse.

Graduates of this program are prepared to work in:

  • Public Health Departments
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice
  • Community Organizations
  • Wellness Centers
  • School Systems
  • Faith Communities
  • Industry
  • Rural/Urban Settings


The program consists of 38 credit hours and can be completed in 27 months of part-time study. Specialty courses are only offered biannually during odd years. Students may enroll concurrently in either the Nursing Education Graduate Certificate of the Nursing Administration Graduate Certificate.

Approved M.S.N. Electives

2010 - 2011  
Summer (10-week) NURS 6101 - Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3hrs)
Fall NURS 6211 - Health Disparities and Nursing (3hrs)
NURS 6115 - Health Policy and Planning in the US (3hrs)
Spring NURS 6212 - Program Improvement and Evaluation (3hrs)
NURS 6160 - Research in Nursing and Health Professionals (3hrs)
2011 - 2012  
Summer (10-week) STAT 6127 - Introduction of Biostatistics (3hrs)
Fall HLTH 6202 - Community Epidemiology (3hrs)
NURS 6480 - Internship I (3hrs)
Spring NURS 6180 - Community/Public Health Nursing (3hrs)
NURS 6481 - Internship II (3hrs)
2012 - 2013  
Summer Elective Option (3hrs) or taken in fall
Fall NURS 6601 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice I (1hr)
Elective Option (3hrs) or taken in summer
Spring NURS 6602 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice II (2hrs)
NURS 6210 - Family Health in Advanced Practice (2hrs)
  • Community/Public Health Nursing courses are only offered every other year, and are offered online through distance education. Core and System Core courses can be taken on campus or online as published in the Schedule of Courses
  • A total of 500 clinical hours are required to complete the program
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (“B”) GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two “C” grades
  • Faculty advising is required
  • Approved online electives include the following. Other courses may be approved in concert with faculty advisor.
    NURS 6301, NURS 6302, NURS 6303, NURS 6185, NURS 6090


Do you live outside of the State of North Carolina?

General requirements for Master's students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the M.S.N. for Systems Population Majors.

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A B.S.N. degree from nationally accredited program is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, and courses in research, leadership management, aging and health, and community health are lacking, they will be required as part of the program of study
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • One year of professional nursing practice is recommended

Required with the application:

  • A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty
  • Three letters of professional recommendation
  • One official transcript from all academic work beyond high school; uploading unofficial transcripts inside of the Apply Yourself application is not required

Students should complete the online Graduate Application for Admission. Post-Baccalaureate, or non-degree, Students will need special permission from the Associate Director of the Graduate Division of the School of Nursing before registering in distance education nursing courses.


Student Services prepares students for participation in UNC Charlotte distance education courses.

Among the topics in this orientation are: