Public Health with Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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

UVA offers a program that combines our Public Health Nursing Leadership concentration with preparation as either a Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. This combined program emphasizes the health status and health delivery systems of communities 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 pupulations settings, including public health departments, schools, home health agencies, and community 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/Primary Care NP is partially online and partially live. Class sessions for these online courses meet 'live' at the University twice per term. The Nurse Practitioner courses are offered in Charlottesville one day a week.

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 with Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program in as little as 21 months. Part-time study is also available.

Please note: The combined PHNL/Primary Care NP curriculum is designed for students who intend to complete the requirements for either family or pediatric nurse practitioner certification. Students, therefore, must indicate their commitment to the entire program when they accept an offer of admission. If students are unsure about their desire or ability to complete the requirements for the combined PHL/Primary Care NP program, they should apply to the Public Health Leadership MSN Program.


Students complete 600 clinical hours in primary care in a variety of settings (local, state, and private health locations). Clinical hours for the Family or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs are in a variety of settings and focus on the assessment and delivery of primary care to underserved populations.

All students in the FNP or PNP programs complete one half clinical requirement (300 hours) in a primary care setting outside of Albemarle County in order to develop experience with rural health care.

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


Pediatric NP students are qualified to sit for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification from either the Pediatric Nurses Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Students are qualified to sit for Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Downloads, Program of Study, and Links


  • Program Coordinators: Public Health Nursing Leadership: Pamela Kulbok, DNSc, RN (434) 924-0128; Primary Care NP: Amy Boitnott, DNP, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, RN; (434) 924-982-1094
  • Admissions and financial aid questions: contact the Office of Admissions & Student Services, (434) 924-0141 or (888) 283-8703