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Community Health Nursing (CHN) Curriculum

Required public health competencies recommended by the Institute of Medicine serve as the foundation of the curriculum of this specialty. Required core public health competencies are knowledge and skills in:

  • Analytic/Assessment using Informatics;
  • Policy and Program Development;
  • Communication;
  • Cultural Competency;
  • Community Practice;
  • Basic Public Health Skills;
  • Financial Planning and Management;
  • Collaborative Leadership and Systems Thinking.

These competencies have been adopted by the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing, and the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations to shape the practice of community health systems nurses.


Master of Nursing

MN-CHN students can complete the program in as little as five quarters with full-time study. Part-time study is available. Program components include in-class teaching, online learning and mentored internship in real world practice settings.

If you are a currently enrolled MN student, we have a Graduate School-approved transition plan that, wherever possible, meets your needs.  We will support your ability to graduate on time, make no changes that increase your cost, and allow you to choose curricular options that are the least restrictive for you.  Using these principles, the transition plan will ensure that, wherever possible, students in the MN program are able to complete the degree requirements in a timely manner.


Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP students can complete the program in as little as nine quarters with full-time study. Program components include in-class teaching, online learning and mentored internship in real world practice settings.

CHN students beginning study Autumn Quarter 2013 should follow the "DNP 2.0" curriculum grid.

If you are a currently enrolled DNP student, we have a Graduate School-approved transition plan that, wherever possible, meets your needs.  We will support your ability to graduate on time, make no changes that increase your cost, and allow you to choose curricular options that are the least restrictive for you.  Using these principles, the transition plan will ensure that, wherever possible, students in DNP 1.0 are able to complete the degree requirements in a timely manner.