Dual Degree Program MSN/Public health

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    I have a question... Im about to finish my bsn this may and I want to become a public health nurse. There is a school that I plan on attending that offers a dual degree MSN/Public health program. Is this worth it?
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    That would be a great combination. Don't know of a dual program. I know in our area Boston University is known for their MPH program.
    I do not believe they offer a nursing program.
    But, Boston college offers MSN.

    Good luck, hope you find a program that meets your needs.
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    Thanks for the reply there is a program here in Texas that meets my needs. I was just wondering if it would help me any to get it or not.
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    I would think the MPH in addition to MSN would be a plus. There are many
    MDs and Attorneys in our area who attend the MPH at
    BU. It enables them some interesting career advancement.
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    If you had to choose one degree (MSN or MPH), which would it be if you want to pursue public health nursing?
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    Quote from SingDanceRunLife
    If you had to choose one degree (MSN or MPH), which would it be if you want to pursue public health nursing?

    You would have to get the MSN and specialize in public health nursing.
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    Quote from R. S.
    You would have to get the MSN and specialize in public health nursing.
    Why's that?

    I'm curious because I'll have a BSN when I graduate, and I know you can do public health nursing with a BSN but that a MPH gives you a broader base in terms of public health than a MSN.
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    I was thinking that if you earned a MSN there would be more employment opportunities than a BSN. I guess you could go either way?
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    I would say it depends on the type of public health nurse you would like to be. I work for a state health department and they do not look for advanced degrees but instead relevant work or volunteer experience. Personally, I would consider getting some experience before continuing on to a MPH, MSN, or both. And by the way, John Hopkins in Baltimore also offers a MPH/MSN program.
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    Quote from nurseart
    I would say it depends on the type of public health nurse you would like to be. I work for a state health department and they do not look for advanced degrees but instead relevant work or volunteer experience. Personally, I would consider getting some experience before continuing on to a MPH, MSN, or both. And by the way, John Hopkins in Baltimore also offers a MPH/MSN program.
    Oh, I definitely plan on working before going on for my Masters. I'm not entirely sure where I want to go with public/community health as of yet (but hey, I'm 20, so I don't think I really need to!), but I do know for sure that that is the direction I want to go with my career.

    I actually did know that Hopkins has a MPH/MSN program. I'm quite interested in it, but as there is absolutely no guarantee that you'll get in where you apply, I know that I'll need other options as well.


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