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M.S.N. Global Public Health Nursing FAQ

Master of Science in Global Public Health Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a global public health nurse?

Global Public Health Nursing prepares nurses with expertise in providing population-based care domestically and around the world.  The M.S.N. degree provides in-depth, professional, and advanced practice study for nurses to expand their knowledge of healthcare delivery, clinical expertise, leadership, and use of evidence-based practice grounded in biblical truth.

Why would I chose Cedarville's M.S.N. GPHN program?

Cedarville University School of Nursing is uniquely positioned to provide a rigorous academic graduate program while maintaining a low student-to-faculty ratio and affordable price.  The faculty is dedicated to the integration of a biblical worldview into the M.S.N. curriculum which prepares graduates to use nursing as a ministry for Jesus Christ.

Can I work full time and be a full-time student?

The majority of GPHN students maintain full-time employment. However, once you begin the practicum courses, anticipate one to two days a week to meet the 100- and 200-hour practicum requirements. If you have flexibility with self-scheduling, 12-hour shifts, or working weekends, this will be more conducive to maintaining full-time employment. We recognize that you are balancing many life demands, and your decision to apply to graduate school implies you have determined that you will be able to balance work, school, and life demands.

What are the practicum requirements for the specialty?

There are 300 practicum hours required for the GPHN area of focus. The practicum hours will be spread over two semesters. GPHN Practicum 1 (200 hours) and GPHN Practicum 2 (100 hours). The practicum hours include precepted experiences in which students will assess, analyze, and evaluate health ministry strategies to promote health and prevent disease in vulnerable populations. Examples of practicum opportunities our students have been involved in include developing health teaching in an outreach clinic in Bolivia and analyzing information about nutrition programs in Guatemala.

How do you match me with preceptors?

The GPHN area of focus coordinator and the M.S.N. Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) will partner with you to secure practicum site placement. The CPC will initiate contact with you early in your program to establish goals and map out a tentative clinical plan. There are many variables that impact practicum placement choice including desired hours, geographic location, career goals, previous background, and preceptor/clinical site availability. An approved site has an educational affiliation agreement in place, has been evaluated by the GPHN area of focus coordinator, and has a verbal commitment by the preceptor. Preceptors must be qualified to provide practicum supervision.

Is travel required as part of my clinical placements?

Travel is often necessary during the clinical courses. While the CPC will work with you to secure practicum site placement as close to your geographical location, it may be necessary to travel to obtain required practicum hours.

How many times do I need to be on campus?

There are no required on-campus experiences for GPHN students.