Public Health Nursing Leadership

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

**Please note: the School of Nursing is not accepting applications for new students in Public Health Nursing Leadership at this time.

New opportunities for nursing leadership are abundant as health care shifts from hospital-based to community-oriented systems. The Public Health Nursing Leadership concentration prepares nurses for specialized practice in promoting the health of individuals, families, groups and populations.  Emphasis is on the development of knowledge and expertise to assess the health status and health delivery systems of populations and to design nursing interventions to better manage care in complex settings. Courses provide the required knowledge and expertise needed to plan, implement, and evaluate care in population settings, including public health departments, schools, home health agencies, and nursing clinics. Care management strategies to assure continuity of health service delivery for individuals and groups at the local and global level are emphasized.

The MSN in Public Health Nursing Leadership is also offered for students who do not live in Central Virginia. In this option, students enroll in 2-4 courses per term and complete most of the course requirements online. Classes meet 'live' at the University twice per term (at the beginning and end of the semester). Attendance on Grounds for these two classes is mandatory. Only active-duty military nurses and their dependents are exempt from the requirement to attend classes in Charlottesville those two sessions per term, and may access these class meetings live via a web-camera.

The curriculum builds on both the theoretical knowledge and clinical experience of the bachelor's prepared nurse.

Full-time students can complete the MSN in Public Health Nursing Leadership in as little as 12 months. Part-time students complete the program in approximately 24 months.

The University of Virginia School of Nursing offers a program that combines Public Health Nursing Leadership with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) preparation. Click here for more information.



Students complete a total of 504 hours of clinical preceptorships. Most of these hours are completed in GNUR 7411 (fall) and GNUR 7412 (spring).

Students arrange to complete their clinical requirements close to your home. In the past, students have worked in public health (state or county), with school systems, with HMOs or other non-governmental actors, or with global agencies (WHO Healthy Cities Project, international health missions, etc).

All clinical/practicum activities are generally conducted within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinical/practice activities may be conducted in a different state as long as that state participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. A list of participating states can be accessed at


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  • Program Coordinator: Pamela Kulbok, DNSc, RN (434) 924-0128
  • Admissions and financial aid questions: contact the Office of Admissions & Student Services, (434) 924-0141 or (888) 283-8703