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MSN-MPH vs MSN specializing in Public Health

by Emily76 Emily76 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Med Surg/ Kidney and Liver Transplants. Has 2 years experience.

Hi all,

I am looking at graduate programs and trying to decide between getting my MSN-MPH dual degree or just doing a traditional MSN with an emphasis on public/ global health. I am wondering if anyone has experience with either of these degrees and could answer a few questions:

1. Was the degree a good return on investment?

2. How soon were you able to find a job in the field you wanted?

3. What is the career outlook for these degrees?

4. I read everywhere that you can get jobs in clinics, health departments, schools, faith departments, community organizations, NGOs, etc. but they never actually state what you would be doing there or the responsibilities of the job. Any insight?

My goal is to work in some sort of leadership capacity, possibly education later on in the future. I am very active doing mission work abroad and would really like to continue that. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Yellownurse15, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Wound Care, Triage, Public Health. Has 4 years experience.

I'm currently getting my MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management since I eventually want to end up in leadership. I previously minored in public health with another degree (exercise science). I plan to get the CPH certification (certifed in public health) since the PHNA certification has been retired. For me, the MSN and the CPH certification will be fine. If you plan on working in public health long term, I think either degree you mentioned should be fine.