CONTACT: BONNIE MCINTOSH
101 Nursing Building
UI College of Nursing
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 17, 2002
UI to offer new degree program in nursing and public health
The University of Iowa College of Nursing and the UI College of Public Health
have collaborated to offer a new graduate degree program. The joint program
will require students to complete 60 semester hours to earn the master of
science in nursing/master of public health (M.S.N./M.P.H.) degree.
The program, offered through resources already available at the two colleges,
is a natural collaboration for students interested in preparing for professional
activities in the fields of nursing and public health. Areas of study will
focus on informatics, nursing administration, community nursing and occupational
Several forces, including the restructuring of health services through managed
care organizations, changing demographics with an aging population and emerging
diseases, have influenced the practice of public health and increased the
need for skilled public health professionals.
"Offering this dual degree will allow students to gain skills and knowledge
from two accredited colleges. The insights students will take from their interdisciplinary
education will prepare them uniquely for leadership positions in public health
agencies," said Joanne Dochterman, Ph.D., distinguished professor of
nursing and chair of the organizations, systems and community area of study
at the UI College of Nursing.
The M.S.N./M.P.H. dual degree program responds to identified needs in the
health care and public health arenas.
"This dual degree is offered at many universities that have both nursing
and public health degree programs and it is very attractive to students who
want to work in settings where both professions are integrated," said
Jack Barnette, Ph.D., associate dean for education and student affairs and
director of the M.P.H. program in the UI College of Public Health.
The first cohort of students will be admitted for the Fall 2002 semester.
Each student will complete 30 semester hours of core coursework, participate
in a practicum and master's project, complete work in one of four M.S.N. focus
areas, and take elective courses. Full-time students will finish the program
in six semesters.