Nursing/Public Health

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Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health

About the Program

The fields of nursing and public health have a shared goal: improving the well-being of our communities. With Case Western Reserve University’s dual Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Master of Public Health (MPH) program, you’ll gain the classroom, clinical and community experience you need to achieve that goal. Whether you’re a nurse looking to make an impact in community health systems or healthcare policy, disease prevention or health equity, studying at Case Western Reserve’s top-ranked nursing and medical schools will help you get there.

What to Expect

In about three years (if you choose to study full time), you’ll take courses in everything from the History and Philosophy of Public Health to Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice. 

Beyond your core public health courses—a comprehensive curriculum including classes such as “Epidemiology,” “Health Management and Policy,” “Environmental and Occupational Health,” and a service-based capstone—you’ll choose electives to round out your knowledge.

And within nursing, where many of your classes will be in an intensive format to fit your busy schedule, you’ll choose from one of nine majors to specialize your studies:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (#7 in the U.S.*)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

No matter which classes or major you choose, you’ll learn from faculty renowned in their fields, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, law, anthropology, bioethics, health policy and social work. Plus, you’ll take some classes at our Health Education Campus with Cleveland Clinic, where you’ll practice what we call interprofessional education—nursing, medical, dental and social work students working and learning as a healthcare team from day one.

*U.S. News & World Report, 2024

Bonus: You’ll save time (and money) earning these degrees simultaneously, with fewer credit hours required to complete for each through the dual-degree program.

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Beyond the Classroom

The MSN and MPH programs both focus acutely on engaging with the people who need your help most. 

In your nursing clinicals, you’ll have immersive experiences at renowned healthcare systems, such as Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals. Plus, you can get further involved in the community through student organizations such as the Student-Run Health Clinic, the Applied Medical Spanish Program and the Collaborative Home for Oral Health, Medical Review and Health Promotion. And you’ll even have the opportunity to study abroad, conduct research and so much more.

Collaborative community involvement is at the core of the MPH program, with a focus on developing multidisciplinary partnerships that will help ensure health equity, social action and ethical conduct. You’ll have ample opportunity to network and expand your professional prospects through MPH conference and professional development support, events and even student wellness sessions to make sure you also remember to focus on you.

By the Numbers


MSN program nationally (U.S. News & World Report, 2025)


medical school for research (U.S. News & World Report)


years to complete (full time)


nursing majors from which to choose


years of developing leaders in public health

Admission Details

Once you’re ready, you must apply to each program separately. We’ve outlined application requirements below, but be sure to follow all steps so you’re considered for both programs.

MPH Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • GRE scores (also will accept GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or DAT)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • For international applicants only: Minimum score of 70 on TOEFL or 7.0 on IELTS scores

MSN Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent and a Registered Nurse license
  • Completed online application (use code 7005 for a fee waiver)
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three academic/clinical references
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • For international applicants only: Minimum score of 70 on TOEFL or 7.0 on IELTS scores

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