(MSN/MPH) Coordinated Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description

The coordinated MPH/MSN degree is designed to address the dynamic health care needs of women and children. This program is offered through the UAB School of Nursing and the UAB School of Public Health. This program prepares nurse practitioners to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative maternal and child health (MCH) programs and policies. This dual degree builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks. In this educational experience, advanced clinical skill is combined with expertise in program planning and evaluation.

Students may select to focus on 1 of 3 tracks in the nursing curriculum: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. At the completion of the coordinated degree, nurse practitioner graduates are eligible to take the certification examination for women's health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, or pediatric nurse practitioner, depending on the specialty course of study.

This coordinated program is one of the programs in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Concentration and is funded, in part, by a federal MCH training grant - The MCH Policy & Leadership Program.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the health problems faced by children and their families within the context of public health
  • Apply current policies and programs directed at children and their families and describe how they are developed
  • Demonstrate skill in providing clinical services to children and their families
  • Plan, implement, and administer MCH programs
  • Demonstrate skill in the provision of primary care that includes health promotion and prevention of specific disorders and injury
  • Demonstrate early identification and treatment or referral for treatment of health problems
  • Manage chronic conditions to avoid complications and promote optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning


Program Requirements

Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. The coordinated MPH/MSN degree can be completed in 2-3 years of full-time study. Normally, a minimum of 42 credit hours are required for the MPH; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 6 credit hours from the MSN curriculum are credited to the MPH degree. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of-state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents. Click on the link below for Curriculum Planning Sheet.


Program Admission Requirements

Students must apply separately to each program. To apply for the MSN, please apply through the UAB School of Nursing. Acceptance into one school's program does not automatically ensure acceptance into the other school's program. Click here for UAB School of Nursing admissions information. Click here for UAB School of Public Health admissions information. This is a coordinated dual degree program and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent upon completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program.