Public Health Nursing Practice DNP/MPH

The DNP/MPH dual degree program allows nursing students to bridge the knowledge of two caring disciplines: nursing and public health. Applicants must applying to or be a DNP student in any accredited DNP program to be eligible for this dual degree.

As a DNP/MPH, you will create and implement evidenced-based interventions to provide quality care that improves the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations. You will learn how to effectively address public health policy problems and influence policy-makers to make change at all levels. Population-based solutions are increasingly critical during this time of great healthcare reform.

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complex relationship between nursing practice and public health delivery system.

If you are a nurse practitioner with an advanced degree, please consider the Executive Program in Public Health Practice.

With approval, you may apply up to 14 credits of nursing courses toward the MPH and up to 12 credits of public health courses toward the DNP. This allows you to reduce the length program, saving you time and money.

We will work with your DNP curriculum to identify nursing courses that could transfer to the MPH program.

UMN DNP students complete 8-14 credits of public health courses in DNP program, (depending upon area of specialty) which can be transferred to the MPH, plus completing a MPH project and field experience to meet the requirements of both programs. With good planning, DNP/MPH students only need to attend the School of Public Health for 2 terms (14cr/term) to complete required courses and public health electives of their choice. In addition, with approval from the SON, up to 12 credits of public health courses can be transferred to the DNP.

Students will have a faculty adviser/team in both schools and the advisers will assist students in selecting courses that are appropriate for their career interest and goals.

The core MPH courses are available online, giving students the freedom to complete both degrees with flexibility and in a timely fashion. Because it is an online program, the MPH charges resident tuition.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the School of Nursing. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits the School of Public Health.

Sample schedule of DNP: speciality public health and MPH

What makes it a dual program?

With approval, you may apply up to 14 credits of nursing courses toward the MPH and up to 12 credits of public health courses toward the DNP. This allows you to reduce the length program, saving you time and money.

MPH Culminating Experience

If you decide on a DNP project that is public health related, the project may also meet the curriculum requirements of the MPH Culminating Experience. To do this, you will need to receive approval from the SPH adviser and complete the MPH proposal form.

Field Experience

When the DNP clinical experience pertains to both nursing and public health, it may also meet the curriculum requirements of both programs. The School of Public Health requires 180 hours of field experience and has an electronic field experience agreement that must be completed by you and approved by the SPH adviser.

It is anticipated that the demand for the DNP/MPH will grow along with changes in national health care law and health policies. DNP graduates are one of the solutions as the need increases to improve health outcomes and care for people with complex, chronic conditions.

DNP graduates hold the highest nursing practice degree and are equipped to evaluate systems, utilize research, and lead changes in protocol, practice, and health care policies in a range of systems and settings. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world. DNP graduates are currently employed in the state and federal government, private practice, nonprofits, and industry positions. These job placements show the powerful combination of skills and knowledge in public health and nursing.

The dual degree option is an excellent opportunity for you to bridge the knowledge of prevention science, skills, and professional training of these synergistic fields.


  • To apply for the DNP/MPH dual degree, applicants must be applying to or be admitted to a DNP program.
  • Students must have a baccalaureate degree before beginning MPH coursework. Preferred performance levels: GPA of 3.00. All applications are reviewed holistically.
  • Please apply via SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

  • April 1 for
    Summer Term Admission
  • August 1 for
    Fall Term Admission
  • December 1 for
    Spring Term Admission

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