Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN)

Overview

The Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) specialty area provides a foundation for planning and evaluating community/public health programs; learning about community/public health concepts, health promotion, 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 practice 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.

Curriculum

The curriculum plan is available in the following PDF document:

Graduates are eligible to apply to the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN, website) for certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Note:   This MS specialty area was previously known as Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing (APPHN) and as Advanced Community Health and International Nursing (ACHIN).