Master of Science in Nursing in Population Health

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Caldwell University’s School of Nursing and Public Health is offering a new fully online Master of Science in Nursing program in Population Health for fall 2019, the first of its kind in New Jersey.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a number of positions within a variety of health care systems in positions that include care coordinator, project, case and nurse managers in outpatient facilities, hospitals, public health departments, and within insurance and quality improvement fields. They will also be qualified to teach in undergraduate nursing programs upon MSN degree completion.

Students will study how to integrate technology utilizing data to identify trends and issues associated with the overall health of populations. They will focus on developing strategies which aim to improve health of populations, prevent disease while incorporating the social determinants of health.

Application Process Program Requirement (36 credits)

Application process

Students will apply online for this program. Applicants will also need to submit:

  • Transcripts from previous institutions of higher education
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (Topic: How would you envision this MSN in Population Health helping you achieve your career goals?)


  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3.0 GPA (Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 will be considered with heightened scrutiny towards work history, writing sample, letters of recommendation and possible interview)
  • Prerequisite Coursework of Undergraduate Statistics (in any discipline) with a grade of C+ or better
The M.S.N. in Population Health degree is comprised of 36 graduate credits. The program is designed to take students 2 years to complete. Coursework includes advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment, in addition to research and statistics.

This interdisciplinary program allows students to design their research to their areas of interest and practice. Capstone coursework will examine healthcare data for a large multispecialty medical practice and develop health promotion programs. An example may include the identification of zip codes with low vaccination rates and work towards improving compliance.

Depending upon the focus of the Capstone project, students may select an Elective Practicum course which will provide an experience in a clinical setting. Some examples of a capstone includes: a coping strategy program for youth in a local high school to increase resiliency; a smoking cessation program for college students; a stress management program for corporate executives; an educational risk reduction program for patients prescribed opioids; an exercise program for pre-school children and their parents; a community based educational program to keep seniors safe at home.

MSN Population Health CORE COURSES Credits ( 36 credits)

NU501 Concepts of Population Health: Epidemiology, Genomics and Quality Improvement and Safety (3)

NU503 Advanced Health Assessment: Interviewing Culturally Diverse Populations, Assessing Needs and Considering Social Determinants of Health (3 )

NU505 Advanced Pathophysiology: A Population Health Perspective (3)

NU510 Advanced Pharmacological Therapies: Overuse, Underuse and Misuse (3)

NU511 Applied Techniques: Cultural Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health (3)

NU512 Planning and Intervention: Health Education, Principles and Strategies for Population Health (3)

NU515 Research Methods: Exploring a Researchable Question (3)

NU600 Evidence Based Practice: Identifying Population Health Needs (3)

NU 601 Statistics for Population Health: Data Mining, Looking for Patterns, Asking Questions (3)

NU602 Healthcare Policy, Leadership and Finance for Population Health (3)

NU619 Applied Data Analytics in Population Health: Proposal Development (3)

NU620 Translating Research into Practice: Capstone Project (3)

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