Public Health Nursing Leadership

Post-Master's Certificate

New opportunities for nursing leadership are abundant as health care shifts from hospital-based to community-oriented systems. The School of Nursing offers a post-master’s certificate program to prepare nurses for specialized practice in promoting the health of individuals, families, groups and communities. Emphasis is on the development of knowledge and expertise to assess 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 community 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 Certificate 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 via the internet. Classes meet 'live' at the University twice per term (first and last days of the term). Active-duty military nurses are exempt from the requirement to attend classes in Charlottesville those two sessions per term, and may access these class meetings via a web-camera.

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

Students can complete the post-master's certificate in Public Health Nursing Leadership in as little as 12 months.

Please note: The University is in transition with establishing regulations to support out-of-state students for distance-learning.  If you are a non-Virginian student interested in enrolling in a distace-learning program, please contact Clay Hysell, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at hysell@virginia.edu to see if you would be eligible to enroll..

Note:   Students in the post-master's programs at the University of Virginia are ineligible for scholarship assistance or student loans. University aid is restricted to those who are enrolled in degree programs (MSN, DNP, PhD, etc).

Program Coordinator: Pamela Kulbok, DNSc, RN (434)924-0128, pk6c@virginia.edu.

Clinicals

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 (W.H.O. Healthy Cities Project, international health missions, etc).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. To be considered for the certificate program, applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Have a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school (prerequisite or co-requisite)
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate and graduate study
  • Hold an unencumbered RN license for the state where you intend to do your practica
  • Submit three satisfactory academic and professional recommendations
  • Submit a copy of your resume or CV
  • Be available for an interview if requested
  • International applicants have additional admissions requirements

Application deadline: November 1 for fall entry


Downloads, Program of Study, and Links

For More Information

For additional information on admission to and programs of study at the UVA School of Nursing, please complete our inquiry form. You are also welcome to call the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (434) 924-0141 / (888) 283-8703.

Questions on admissions and financial aid should be directed to Clay Hysell, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, hysell@virginia.edu.