Population Health - Emergency Management (Master of Science in Nursing)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program with a Concentration in Emergency Management is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in population and community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, and health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students also acquire advanced knowledge and skills in emergency preparedness, planning, and management from the nurse coordinator perspective. Focusing on health promotion and prevention, the program allows students to select a vulnerable population focus for study across the curriculum, such as women and infants, children, teens, adults with chronic illnesses, geriatric clients, clients with ethnic or racial disparities, and infectious disease clients, to name a few. The scope of public health/population health nursing practice and concepts of disaster preparedness and management, systems leadership, and quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum.

Application Deadlines

To complete the admission process, the items listed below must be submitted by:

Date Event
July 1 Fall Admission
November 1 Spring Admission
April 1 Summer Admission

Applicants are not allowed to register or pre-register until all admission requirements have been completed and the applicant is admitted to Graduate Studies.

Application Materials Required for the MSN in Population Health with a Concentration in Emergency Management

Applicants for the MSN - Population Health must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Studies to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
  3. Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  5. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale (cumulative or last 64 credit hours).
  6. Three Graduate Reference Forms completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate coursework. Reference forms will be submitted electronically. Instructions for submission will be sent through email to the applicant upon submission of the online graduate application.
  7. Satisfactory writing sample of statement of purpose.
  8. A current unencumbered RN license.
  9. Professional interview may be required.
  10. Admission test scores are not required (GRE, MAT).
  11. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Admission Requirements for the MSN in Population Health with a Concentration in Emergency Management

Unconditional Admission

Applicants are admitted on a selective basis upon review of the completed application package. The Graduate Nursing Programs Admissions Committee will review applicant admission packets and determine eligibility for admission. The admissions committee will submit to the Director of Graduate Studies its recommendation on the admission of each candidate. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale (cumulative or last 64 hours) is required.

Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission for the MSN, applicants must meet all of the above requirements with the following exception: Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale (cumulative or last 64 credit hours).

Students who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to comply will result in the student being dismissed from the program.

Minimum Requirements for the MSN in Population Health with a Concentration in Emergency Management

An overall 3.00 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.00.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
NU 501MSN Online Orientation0
NU 504Theories in Nursing2
NU 507Advanced Health Assessment3
NU 513Advanced Pathophysiology3
NU 518Organizational & Systems Leadership in Population Health3
NU 520Advanced Pharmacology3
NU 522Nursing Research3
NU 527Epidemiology3
NU 540Population Health I6
NU 542Transcultural Nursing & Healthcare3
NU 544Statistical Methods in Health Care3
NU 545Population Health II6
Required Courses for the Concentration in Emergency Management
EM 505Foundations of Emergency Management3
EM 545Emergency Preparedness3
EM 555Disaster Response3
EM 575Medical Aspects of Emergency Management3
Emergency Management Elective
Select one of the folllowing EM courses:3
Vulnerability and Capacity-Building
Biosecurity
Healthcare Leadership for All Hazards Incidents
Total Hours53

53 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

No comprehensive exam is required for this degree. All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.