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Master of Science 

Population Health Nursing

Program of Study


In UAlbany's 42-credit Master of Science in Population Health Nursing program, you’ll acquire expertise in population and community needs assessment, epidemiology and biostatistics, systems thinking and planning, and social and behavioral aspects of health. 

In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in public/population health clinical settings

With a concentration in health disparities, you will gain specialized knowledge and skills in public health strategies for eliminating health disparities and building multicultural competence.

Nursing Courses (9 credits)

  • Foundations of Advanced-Level Nursing
  • Nursing Research Methods
  • Health Care Policy & Systems Leadership

Population Health Courses (9 credits)

  • Principles of Statistical Inference
  • Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
  • Principles of Public Health

Population Health Practice Courses (15 credits, includes clinical experience in each course)

  • Public/Population Health Nursing I, II and III

Health Disparities Concentration Courses (9 credits)

Choose three:

  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
  • Health Communication and Health Disparities
  • Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations
  • Program Development in Health Promotion
Career Outcomes

With a master’s in population health nursing, you will have the expertise to educate, assess, treat and advocate for the health of the populations you serve across the care continuum.

Potential employers include state and local health departments, community health organizations, home health agencies, schools and colleges, occupational health facilities, insurance companies and traditional health care organizations.

Potential job titles for an MS degree in population health nursing:

  • Community Health Nurse
  • Supervising Public Health Nurse
  • Care Coordination Manager
  • Nursing Team Leader
  • Population Health and Wellness Nurse
  • Adjunct nursing faculty member in higher education



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The master’s degree program in nursing at the University at Albany is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Admission Requirements
  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling
Application Requirements
  • A BS or pending BS in Nursing (BS, BSN) from an institution accredited by ACEN, CCNE or CNEA
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • One college-level course in statistics
  • Submit a copy of your current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered professional nurse.

Note: If you intend to complete your clinical coursework outside of your current license home state, submit the following in addition to your current home state license:

  • A detailed explanation and plan to obtain the necessary license.
  • Proof of eligibility
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended 
  • Three Letters of recommendation 
  • Statement of goals
  • Resume

Available information for International Applicants.

Special Notes

This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter, please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science

UAlbany’s MS Population Health Nursing program outcomes are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Graduates of the program will be able to: 

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge from nursing, related sciences and humanities to provide a theoretical framework for advanced practice in population health nursing. 
  2. Apply organizational theories and systems thinking to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and safety outcomes of practice decisions and initiatives. 
  3. Demonstrate competencies to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions and conduct a scholarly inquiry. 
  4. Apply knowledge of informatics to coordinate and improve programs and systems of care. 
  5. Incorporate advanced nursing practice standards to advocate for health policy and affect systems-level change within populations, health care environments and organizational systems. 
  6. Apply evidence-based and interprofessional approaches for the design and delivery of comprehensive, culturally competent care to individuals/families, communities and population. 
  7. Practice in an advanced nursing role in collaboration with other disciplines to improve population health outcomes.