(MSN/MPH) Coordinated Master of Science in Nursing and MPH in Health Behavior Program 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description

The coordinated MPH in Health Behavior/MSN degree is designed to address health behavior content and methods needed by advanced practice nurses.  This program of study prepares graduates to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies. Graduates may assume a variety of positions in nursing, health behavior, and/or a combination of the two, including leadership roles. This dual degree program builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the HB program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.


Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MSN degree programs and must meet admission requirements in both the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing.


Students must complete a minimum of 44 semester hours of credit for the MPH degree, which includes six credit hours of required Nursing course work. Seventeen credits in the School of Public Health meet the requirements for core courses in the Master of Public Health program and provide a strong knowledge base in epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior, environmental health sciences and health care organization and policy.  Twenty-seven to thirty additional credits (18 Health Behavior credit hours, 3-6 SOPH requirements credit hours and 6 Nursing credit hours) meet the requirements for the Health Behavior track in the School of Public Health. The coordinated MPH/MSN degrees can be completed in two years or six consecutive terms if the student registers for full-time study beginning in the fall term.  If a coordinated degree student drops out of the MSN program, he/she must apply for transfer to the MPH Health Behavior track and follow the requirements for that program.

* See the School of Nursing Catalog for the requirements for the MSN portion of the dual MPH/MSN degree.