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This is a discussion on Any BSNs who went for an MPH? in Public / Community Health Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... I'm a Canadian RN BSN who is looking into an MPH (by distance education). I have heard that an MSN...by 321kza Nov 16, '12I'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.
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- Nov 16, '12 by brandy1017I've seen people on here trying to become an RN after getting an MPH because they couldn't get a job. It is a pretty limiting degree, as most places want an RN for management positions. You need to know where you could get a job with the degree ie govt job or community job? I'd ask the college to speak to alumni who have an MPH and what it has done for them. How many pertinent jobs are out there for that degree? These are the questions to consider.
- Nov 21, '12 by wish_me_luckI plan to go for an MPH, but I want it because I do like community and public health. That's the whole reason to go for it. I want to work for the state (health dept) or federal government (NIH/NIMH/CDC) and/or community setting.
- Dec 1, '12 by controlI have one more class and I'll be done with my MPH. It's not a limiting degree as someone stated. Any degree is limiting if you don't know what to do with it.
I have a BSN, and I got my job in public health without having completed the MPH. But the MPH is going to and has opened a lot of doors. It also gives me more choices when considering doctorate studeis (DNP, DrPH, PhD in nursing or public health....my choice; I'm qualified to apply for any of those.). Or I can stop altogether and pretty much lock in at least 50k salary anywhere I go (not much in metro areas, but you could get by if you live simply).
Good luck deciding. I almost applied to a joint MSN/MPH program, but I decided a cheap program (upstate New York) was more important than two degrees and a whole lot of money.
- Dec 9, '12 by MandaRN94I am finishing my MSN with a specialty focus in public health. I am considering a DrPH or DNP with public health leadership track. I do not want to be a NP and I have found several DNP programs that do not require a NP and focus on public health. Study what you feel passionate about. There is never a "bad" graduate degree. Good luck!
- Jan 5 by tmarie75I have an MPH. Personally, I think the MPH is more useful in the field of Public Health as a whole. If you intend to stay strictly in the nursing arena, I say go for the MSN. If not, then the MPH is more suitable and is workable in both areas. I am now working on my MSN as well, but not in PHN. Beyond the nursing core, the specialization courses are similar for both degrees. I didn't want to feel like I was getting the same degree twice. I'm just getting the MSN so I can teach PHN on a university level. I am already board certified as an APHN, so I don't really need the MSN per se for practice reasons, but most colleges still want you to obtain the MSN at a minimum to teach. Hope this gives you a little more perspective. Best of luck!