Master of Science in Nursing - Population Health

Description of Program

Badge- Best Master's in Public HealthStudents are invited to experience the distinctiveness of Population Health Nursing in the 21st century. The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in population and community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. 

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, quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum.

Online courses with required practicum.

*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.

Admission Requirements

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  • Application to JSU Office of Graduate Studies with official transcripts from each institution attended with degrees posted (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university)
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program
  • Current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States
  • Application deadlines: July 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and April 1 for summer admission. NOTE: Applications will continue to be accepted after the deadline date based upon availability of seats in the program! 

*Please contact Tammy Johnson ( if you do not reside in the state of Alabama before applying to the university.

Population Health Nursing...Right For You!

  • 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.


A total of 38 semester hours is required for this program.
Full-time or part-time options are available.

Semester 1 (Fall, August - December)
NU 501 MSN Orientation 0 SH
NU 504 Theories in Nursing 2 SH
NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment 3 SH
NU 518 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health Nursing 3 SH

Semester 2 (Spring, January - April)
NU 513 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 SH
NU 527 Epidemiology 3 SH
NU 544 Statistical Methods in Healthcare   3 SH
NU 542 Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare 3 SH

Semester 3 (Summer, May - August)
NU 522 Nursing Research  3 SH
NU 540 Population Health I 6 SH

Semester 4 (Fall, August - December)
NU 545 Population Health II 6 SH
NU 520 Advanced Pharmacology 3 SH


Graduate Studies
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602 
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5348
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