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Master's Degree in Advanced Population Health Nursing

For Nurses who have a BS in Nursing Degree


The Advanced Population Health Nursing (APHN) Program is a distance-based master’s degree for registered nurses who wish to practice in Hawai‘i, the US mainland or in an international setting.  The program focuses on population-level health, wellness, and health promotion and disease prevention.  The student learns critical population health skills such as community and population assessment; complex project/program management; disaster nursing, health services research; and health policy analysis.



  • The program educates future leaders for community and public health nursing with a focus on Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region.
  • Advanced Population Health Nursing practice roles include education, case management, clinical practice, consultation, community outreach, research and management/administration.
  • Coursework is completed via online learning and fieldwork is conducted in the student’s own local community.
  • An end of program capstone project can be completed in the student’s local community or in an international setting.
  • The 30-39 credit program is designed to be completed in one year as a full time student or in two years as a part time student.



At the conclusion of the program, the graduate is awarded a Master of Science degree and are prepared to submit a portfolio for certification in the advanced public health nursing specialty after one year of practice.  American Nurses Credentialing Center awards the credential of Public Health Nurse-Advanced, Board Certified (PHNA-BC) after submission of a successful portfolio that outlines accomplishments in advanced public health nursing practice.


Master’s Degree Entry Pathways

Students can enter the master's degree program through one of these pathways.
  • RN with a bachelor's degree in nursing
  • Graduate Entry Program in Nursing – Non-nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree
  • RN to MS - RNs with an associate degree in nursing and a non-nursing bachelor's degree


RN to MS Entry Pathway Program Description

The RN to MS Program (with non-nursing baccalaureate) is designed for  registered nurses (RNs) who are graduates of an accredited associate degree or diploma program and have a baccalaureate degree in an area other than nursing. The admission progression and graduation requirements are the same as for options within the master’s program. In addition all applicants to the master's program in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene must have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course.
Applicants with a non-nursing baccalaureate should have evidence of baccalaureate level knowledge in research (NUR 363); community, public, and global health (NUR 450); and an integrative clinical practicum and leadership development (NUR 460). Competency in each of the three areas may have been obtained through course work, professional programs, and/or professional or life experience. 
The admitted student can petition to waive the coursework by submitting an experiential portfolio to demonstrate either coursework or experience in the required areas. Samples of evidence include: resume, transcripts for previous college coursework; course syllabi which outline course descriptions and learning objectives; professional training programs coursework that includes learning objectives. Guidelines for the experiential portfolio are available from the Nursing Office of Student Services.

Resource for Prospective Graduate Students


Brendon Friedman, DNP, MBA, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, CME
Advanced Population Health Nursing Program Director
School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Webster Hall 411
Phone: 808-214-7236
Fax: 808-956-3257


Ray Jarman, PhD
Graduate Program Advisor
School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Webster Hall 201
Phone: (808) 956-3519
Fax: (808) 956-5977



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