Johns Hopkins University announced that students can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice/Executive Master of Public Health (DNP/MPH) in as few as 3 years through a dual degree program that the university will launch in the summer of 2021.

The university stated in a press release that students enrolled in the dual degree program will take courses from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in both online and in-person formats. The university explained that DNP/MPH coursework is customizable to students’ areas of interest, and students will complete an integrated DNP project in a real-world setting.

Program applicants must have a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, RN licensure, and 2 years of health care experience.

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“When nursing and public health bring the best of their skills together, there is so much to be accomplished within advancing health equity and developing solutions to our changing national and global health needs,” said Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, ScM, according to the press release. “This program is geared toward leadership, reach, influence, and the ability to leverage knowledge and skills. We hope it serves as a model and testament to the power of interdisciplinary efforts.”

The program aims to provide students with blended knowledge and skills in nursing practice and population health to prepare graduates to work in local and global health agencies, advocacy groups, and academic institutions where leadership is needed to improve health outcomes, promote health equity, and influence policy.

Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, emphasized the importance of incorporating public health knowledge into nursing practice, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has amplified the critical importance of nurse leaders who develop interventions that are based in both nursing and public health,” Davidson says, according to the press release. “We are excited to be able to launch the program during this time in history when the perspective of nursing is well recognized and ever essential to creating the path forward to a healthier and more population-focused future.”

Applications to Johns Hopkins University’s DNP/MPH program are now open.


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Launches a Dual DNP/MPH Degree with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health [news release]. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Office of Communication and Public Affairs; August 19, 2020. Accessed September 2, 2020.