Population Health - Nursing Education (Master of Science in Nursing)

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The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Nursing Education degree program is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities and also prepare nurses to teach in schools and colleges of nursing or clinical agencies and hospitals. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in population and community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, and program development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as acquire nurse educator competencies. Focusing on health promotion and prevention, the program allows students to select a vulnerable population focus for study across the curriculum, such as women and infants, children, teens, adults with chronic illnesses, geriatric clients, clients with ethnic or racial disparities, and infectious disease clients, to name a few. The scope of public health/population health nursing practice and concepts of disaster management, systems leadership, and quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum. In addition, students focus their learning on content essential to become an effective nurse educator and participate in applied learning through a teaching practicum in their settings of choice.100% online courses with required practicum.

Potential Careers

  • Population Health Nursing
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Nursing Education

Median Annual Salary

The salary range is as varied as the opportunities.

Additional Facts

JSU offers distance/online educational programs/tracks; to facilitate a positive learning experience for our students. To achieve this goal, some on campus requirements may be required. On campus events may include, but are not limited to, orientation to programs/tracks, on site simulated learning experiences, and dissemination of scholarly projects.

Population Health with a concentration in Nursing Education:

  • Represents the present and future direction of health care
  • Develops skill in using the population and community as a client
  • Allows you to select a vulnerable population interest area within your specialty
  • Enhances direct care skills while preparing broad population and community assessment and intervention skills
  • Integrates nursing informatics (using computers to manage nursing/client data and consumer education)
  • Prepares you within your selected functional role for population health practice, education, management, consultation, or research
  • Master’s education prepares students to pursue a variety of terminal degrees in nursing, population/public health, and education

Departmental Information

Online Program Contact

Graduate School
(800) 231-5291 or
(256) 782-5348