I'm a Canadian RN BSN who is looking into an MPH (by distance education). I have heard that an MSN would be more useful but I am so so so interested in epidemiology that when comparing the courses between the two I cringe just looking at the MSN program. I think a joint MSN/MPH would be ideal but there aren't any in Canada (and I'd like to pay domestic tuition so I'm not considering US schools).
Are there any RNs out there who went and got their MPH and are happy they did? Did it open up more doors for you? I don't need it for a public health nursing job since a BSN is enough, but I'd love to be eligible for more jobs and more responsibility in the community health/epidemiology/social policy realm.
tmarie75, great info from someone with an MPH degree! I am just completing my BSN after practicing for years as a Diploma RN. I love global health and I am interested in an academic/ research career, as well as a social enterprise in my native sub sahara. I really don't care for academics in nursing, but do realize I have invested lots of time and experience in nursing, and that it could open more doors for me. I would like to start in 2014 (MPH) and I am looking at Canadian programs. I hope to do a PhD in health equity after. I am mid-career, don't have too much time for an MSN, and I find it worrisome that it is required by most schools for an academic career. Some schools also insist on an NP masters and not a masters in education. I find it sad that nursing schools are not embracing nurses with diverse graduate schooling. I have no interest in an NP degree at all. If I had to squeeze in a 2nd masters, I would take a medical anthropology one, as I am interested in ethnographic methods. Mmmmm...food for thought!
I know its been a year since your post, but incase you peek back, UBC is starting an MPH/MSN combo in 2014!
Last edit by RNMA15 on Nov 11, '13
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