1. Hey all---I am looking into go to grad school for a joint degree--MPH, MSN. I am 4.5 years into bedside critical nursing and getting burnt out fast, this cannot be my destination job. I am not 100% sure what I want to do post graduated school, but probably would like to work for the government. Maybe FEMA or the CDC?? I came on here to see if any of you hold this joint degree or know anything about it? I feel like there would be a lot of opportunities with it but would love some first hand information before I make the commitment to going back to school. Thank you all in advance Any info would be much appreciated.
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  3. by   jahra
    why would you need both degrees? There appears to be many opportunities
    with the MPH alone. Would your MSN be in leadership or management?
  4. by   PrettyinPink1234
    Well i feel like the msn makes me more verrsatile...i can go into education when i am a little older (and have summers off ) i think i will like having the msn there just in case i dont like public health, i can go back and get some sort of post masters certificate
  5. by   cbcle
    Johns Hopkins has it. So does UVA. Good luck!
  6. by   stephljudy
    I hold a MSN/MPH. It cost a lot of $$$ and the job I am currently in only requires the MNS part. While I received an excellent education, I can't say I would do it again. I work in state government and the pay is not great! So, if you were to go back for one or the other, I would definitely make sure it was the MSN so you have more options!
  7. by   MandaRN94
    What is the pay now for state gov jobs?
  8. by   MPH to FNP
    I think the MSN alone would be more versatile and efficient. I have an MPH and had been working in infectious disease research and HIV program implementation. While in the field, I met many masters trained nurses who did what I was doing and they did not have an MPH. Some of them had great administrative positions with DHHS, WHO, and many NGOs. While I really enjoyed working in this area, I felt that it was overly administrative and desired more meaningful human interaction. So I chose to become an RN. I just finished school this month...