Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health
Nursing Education

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Overview of the Online MS in Nursing/Master of Public Health Program

Healthcare is evolving. The pandemic has had a historic impact on our communities and healthcare systems. Now, our world is looking for leaders for the next era: the people with the experience and skill to form public health strategies and plans that help prepare us for the next unknown.

The Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health joint degree program is designed to equip registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees for roles in infection control, public health administration, community health and more. Make the most of your experience as a nurse. Take your career to the next level. Rise to the call for leaders in healthcare.

  • Earn two master’s degrees in three (3) years
  • Online learning with intermittent local onsite practicum hours
  • Affordable education: $595 per credit hour
  • Small class sizes foster positive and individualized faculty-student relationships

You’ll Learn To…

  • Use your knowledge to function as a public health educator
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge to address disease and health conditions
  • Design plans, analyze outcomes and synthesize data to address health problems in communities
  • Advocate for marginalized populations, promote diversity, and foster understanding in public health education, evaluation, research and practice

Career Options

  • Public health nurse
  • Infection control nurse
  • Global and mission nursing
  • Nurse educator positions, both in healthcare and academic settings


60 Total
$595/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

20 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA). -OR- Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also apply by meeting the following additional criteria:
    • A minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice.
    • Submit a portfolio with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee.
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed -OR- graduate-level grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from accredited program where at least nine credits were completed. GPA for conditional admission: Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take the first three courses to establish a graduate GPA
    • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of the first three credit-bearing courses of the joint degree program, will meet the criteria for regular admission
    • An unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower in any GNUR course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.
    • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of the first three credit-bearing courses will be denied regular admission.
  • Proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment with Indiana Wesleyan University’s nursing program.
  • Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors, or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  • Original transcript from the undergraduate degree-granting institution and institution where graduate courses have been taken, sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants upon admission to the program, at the student’s expense.
  • Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission.
  • NOTE: Students in any nursing major may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.
  • A video conference interview; applicants to the MSN/MPH joint degree must participate in an interview with program faculty. The conference will provide the opportunity for the student to ask questions regarding the joint degree program expectations.

Admission to the MSN/MPH program begins with the submission of required application forms, recommendations, and official transcripts of previous college and university studies.

  • All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in each core (GNUR) course, “B” in each MSN major course, and a minimum of a “B-“ in each MPH course.
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of all practicum requirements, including 235 hours of supervised practicum hours.
  • Program must be completed within five (5) years.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Progression Requirements
  • All courses must be successfully completed in the sequence prescribed by the program's requirements. Failure to successfully complete a course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum grade of “C” in each core (GNUR) course, “B” in each MSN major course, and a minimum of a “B-“ in each MPH course.
  • Students must meet all practicum courses requirements as they offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice.
  • Students must meet all practicum agency requirements. Students may be required to provide health clearance and proof of immunization prior to starting practicum experiences. If required by the facility, the cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must maintain an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multiple state licenses, all must be unencumbered. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Nursing if the status of his or her RN license changes. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status is not maintained.
  • Any student found to have falsified clinical/practicum hours will be immediately dismissed and not allowed to re-enter any Nursing program or the MPH at IWU.
  • Students who maintain continuous enrollment in the MSN/MPH joint program, who make normal progress toward the MSN and MPH degrees, and who earn their degrees within the program's maximum time from the date of enrollment may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled.

Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students in the MSN/MPH program must complete 245 hours of supervised onsite practicum. Student must receive permission from the practicum agency prior to start of practicum hours.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements.


Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The master's degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ( . IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 

*Effective 07-01-2021 through 06-30-2022