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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing /
Master of Public Health

The Departments of Nursing and Health Science offer a concurrent Master of Science and Master of Public Health degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the area of community public health nursing with a practice focus of primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two Departments in each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience. The Master of Science and Master of Public Health (Health Education Option) provides the opportunity for students to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies.

Specific Requirements

Required Courses

  • NRSG 560 - Theories and Roles of AP Nursing
  • NRSG 565 - Theories of Community/Public Health Nursing
  • NRSG 596 - Research Methods in Nursing
  • NRSG 670 & 670L - Community Health Theory and Clinical I
  • NRSG 671 & 671L - Community Health Theory and Clinical II
  • NRSG 672 & 672L - Community Health Theory and Clinical III
  • HSC 500 - Prinicples of Epidemiology
  • HSC 503 - Advanced Communication Statistics
  • HSC 508 - Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs
  • HSC 528 - Advanced Environmental Health
  • HSC 535 - Health Promotion Risk Reduction
  • HSC 570 - Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (or NRSG 556A)
  • HSC 581 - Curriculum Development (or NRSG 556B)
  • HSC 625 - Advanced Community Health Education

Culminating Event Course -- must choose one of the following

  • HSC 697 or NRSG 692 - Directed Project
  • HSC 698 or NRSG 698 - Thesis


(All requirements contained on these pages are superceded by the official information published in the CSULB Catalog of the current academic year. To see an online copy, visit this official university page.)

Proposed Progression of Degree


  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred. A bachelor’s degree in a related field will be considered.
  • Current California RN license to practice as a registered nurse in California
  • PHN Certificate
  • A college level statistics course
  • A community health with lab course for non-BSN students
  • A college level ethics course
  • A college level cultural diversity course
  • GRE exam
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program.
  • Current professional resume describing relevant experience