Master of Science in Nursing - Population Health

Concentration in Nursing Education

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Description of Program

Experience the distinctiveness of Population Health Nursing and Nursing Education in the 21st century. 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.Badge-Master of Science

Admission Requirements

  • 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 and Nursing Education ...RIGHT FOR YOU!

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  • Represents the present and future direction of health care and curriculum and trends in nursing education
  • 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 53 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 518 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health Nursing 3 SH
NU 550 Dev Instruction Programs in Collegiate Nur Ed 3 SH

Semester 2 (Spring, January-April)
NU 527 Epidemiology 3 SH
NU 544 Statistical Methods in Healthcare   3 SH
NU 553 Issues & Trends in Collegiate Nursing Ed 3 SH

Semester 3 (Summer, May-August)
NU 522 Nursing Research  3 SH
NU 542 Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare 3 SH
NU 551 Teach, Learn, Eval in Collegiate Nur Programs 3 SH

Semester 4 (Fall, August - December)
NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment 3 SH
NU 520 Advanced Pharmacology 3 SH

Semester 5 (Spring, January-April)
NU 513 Pathophysiology 3 SH
NU 552 Practicum in Collegiate Nursing Education 3 SH
NU 554 Intro to Instructional Design and Online Teaching 3 SH

Semester 6 (Summer, May-August)
NU 540 Population Health I 6 SH

Semester 7 (Fall, August - December)
NU 545 Population Health II 6 SH


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