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?||No|
|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. MEPN application deadline: Sept. 1, 2020 (see MEPN program page for how to apply)|
View the curriculum plan for this specialty. Please note that courses are subject to change.
Post-Master's Certificate Program
Post-Master's study in this specialty requires three to four quarters of coursework for completion. There is no option for ANCC certification or CNS. Contact the specialty coordinator for consultation on an individualized post-master's curriculum.
To learn more, including how to apply, visit the Post-Master's Certificate Program section of our website. (Please note that post-master's applicants do not need to fulfill a statistics requirement.)
Staff Contact: Emily Huang (primary contact for applicants and students interested in this specialty)
Specialty Coordinator: Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, RN, FNP