Master of Nursing (MN)

Community health group meeting

The UW School of Nursing Seattle campus offers a Master of Nursing degree program specializing in Community Health Nursing (MN-CHN). This top-ranked Community Health Nursing program promotes health equity for multicultural, multilingual communities, and populations. Our approaches include prevention research, collaborative leadership, and community-based participatory strategies.

The MN-CHN curriculum emphasizes:

  • Engaging in advanced practice in community and population assessment, program evaluation, policy, management, and leadership
  • Using multi-disciplinary research findings to evaluate community/population health programs or policies
  • Managing, consulting or educating about health initiatives in public and private sectors to advance community and population health equity

Individuals who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally-accredited university are eligible to apply.


MN-CHN applications are due January 15 each year to begin study the following Autumn Quarter.

MN/MPH Concurrent Degree Option

Students in the MN-CHN program can earn a concurrent Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Services. Interested students may apply and be enrolled in the School of Public Health.

Interdisciplinary Education to Prepare Future Community Health Nurses

An interdisciplinary team approach is essential for solving pressing societal problems such as health disparities and inequity. One unique feature and strength of this MN-CHN program is our well-rounded approach to community health nursing education.

Students are required to take courses from schools such as public health, public affairs, bioinformatics, business, and social work on the UW Seattle campus. Students are also exposed to interdisciplinary practices and multicultural populations and communities through practice internships located in rural and urban settings.

Multifaceted Learning Methods

MN-CHN students can complete the program in as little as 5 quarters with full-time study. Program components include in-class teaching, online learning, and 9 quarter credits of mentored internship (3 credits or 90 hours/quarter) in real world practice settings. MN-CHN students will focus specially on one of the following:

  • Community and Public Health Systems for Children, Youth, and Families
  • Cross-Cultural and Global Health
  • Worker Wellbeing and Safety

Each MN-CHN student has an academic advisor who provides guidance and helps answering questions until a supervisory committee chair for the thesis or scholarly project is selected.

Eligible for National Certification

MN-CHN graduates can apply for the following certifications:

  • Advanced Public Health Nurse certification
  • Advanced Nursing Executive certification
  • Occupational Health Nurse Specialist certification
  • Transcultural Nursing certification

Community Health Nursing Graduates in the Field

Graduates from our MN-CHN program are employed in a variety of settings and roles. Careers are available in:

  • School wellness centers
  • Workplace health programs
  • Federal and state health agencies
  • Local public health departments
  • Community clinics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Voluntary health and relief agencies
  • Non-governmental global health organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Homeless shelters
  • Charitable organizations
Program Accreditation: 

The master's degree in nursing at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (