DNP/MPH or epi program? DNP/MPH or epi program? | allnurses

LEGAL NOTICE TO THE FOLLOWING ALLNURSES SUBSCRIBERS: Pixie.RN, JustBeachyNurse, monkeyhq, duskyjewel, and LadyFree28. An Order has been issued by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota that affects you in the case EAST COAST TEST PREP LLC v. ALLNURSES.COM, INC. Click here for more information

DNP/MPH or epi program?

  1. 0 Hello, everyone! I'm looking to furthering my education, and I'd really like to become a clinical/field epidemiologist. I don't know people in this field, so I'm hoping some of you might have better insight than I do. I'm looking into several programs. One is a masters in epidemiology; another is combining DNP and MPH. From what I can gather from job searches, the educational requirements for this field can vary-- one asks for MD degree, another asks for MPH, and another just wants experience. I don't know what would best prepare me for the career. I like the DNP/MPH program because I'm not giving up nursing, and a lot of the positions I've seen require medical experience. I've also heard that to apply to CDC programs, which I'd be interested in, doctorate-student applicants are favored. However, I'm an adult and married and would like to start a family soon, so the two year degree of epidemiology obviously appeals to me. Also, with that program, I feel I'd get more strictly epi classes and not have so much health systems classes, etc. and such that I'm not so interested in. Any thoughts? (Sorry about the post-- it wasn't letting me add paragraphs. )
  2. 2 Comments

  3. Visit  MandaRN94 profile page
    #1 0
    I ended up in a MSN program that has a specialty option in public health. I think the DNP/MPH route would be great. I looked into the U of Minnesota DNP program that has a specialty online public health track and epi classes. Good luck!
  4. Visit  AWanderingMinstral profile page
    #2 0
    I earned the MPH, but I considered dual MSN/MPH programs. Okay, I'm saying it: I get the impression that the DNP is considered a joke outside of nursing circles. If the purpose is to make you a master clinician, you can accomplish that by working in a specialty for, say, five years and earning the appropriate certification. Considering that you'd like to have a family, I would recommend that you apply to DrPH programs in epidemiology. You already possess a nursing skill set. You'll become an expert in applied epidemiology AND still be qualified to be a principal investigator. I guess I think the DrPH will dramatically diversify your resume. Good luck!