The Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) specialty provides a foundation for planning and evaluating community/public health programs; learning about community/public health concepts, health promotion, population health, population-level interventions, grant writing, health care systems, leadership, and health policy; addressing health disparities of vulnerable and diverse populations; and practicing and consulting in diverse and multicultural settings. This is not a clinical specialty and involves no individual level patient care.
Advanced public health nurses in this specialty understand the complex interactions between health and the social determinants of health to maintain or improve the health of diverse, vulnerable, and underserved populations and communities. Practice settings include public health departments, schools and universities, parishes and faith-based programs, home care, rural health, refugee/immigrant clinics, primary care clinics, jails and prisons, ambulatory outpatient facilities, voluntary organizations, and a variety of community, public and private agencies and organizations.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has retired all certifications provided via portfolio review. They are only processing renewals. Effective November 2017, this included the Advanced Public Health Nursing (PHNA-BC) certification by portfolio.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
|For Master of Science and Post-Master's Students|
|Is RN experience required?||Yes, any number of years of experience|
|Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty|
|Application deadline||June 1|
|For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students|
|Does this specialty admit MEPN students?||Yes|
Learn more about:
- Our admissions requirements and process, and how to apply.
- Student scholarships through our Student Funding Office and financial aid through the UCSF Financial Aid Office.
- Campus Life Services, including housing, transportation, family support and more.
View the curriculum plan for this specialty.
This specialty does not offer post-master's studies.
Specialty Coordinator: Carol Dawson-Rose, RN, PhD, FAAN
Staff Contact: Emily Huang