Community Health Nursing (CHN)

The Community Health Nursing track, within the Master of Nursing (MN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, strives to prepare nurses for leadership positions in diverse community and public health settings.

Students are required to take classes offered by School of Nursing and other disciplines on the UW campus. Although some classes have online sessions or may be offered in the evenings, many classes are on campus and scheduled during the regular hours in the week.

Graduates from this track will be able to work:

  • as leaders in community health promotion
  • in a policy environment
  • in program development and evaluation
  • in a consultant capacity
  • in education
  • as direct management or administrative role in public or private sectors at the local, state, national or international levels

Leaders in Community Health Nursing contribute to health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection in a variety of areas, such as:

  • maternal-child health
  • senior citizen centers
  • school health, and
  • hearing conservation in occupational settings

Study Options

The CHN curriculum prepares students for advanced practice in Community Health Nursing. Students pursue preparation as Population Health Specialists by focusing their course papers, projects and internships, and one or more courses (depending on the related field) in their area of interest:

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