The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) Transition is a collaborative organization called e-Health that is a non-profit health information network for the consumer of healthcare. It is currently a public and private organization that is led by the Iowa Department of Public Health with the purpose of improving healthcare quality, safety and efficiency utilizing health information technology. Graduate educated nurses are integral to the success of this project.
The Iowa Department of Public Health is building on the Public Health Modernization Act that was introduced January 11, 2010. Their standards cover basic public health services, such as stopping the spread of disease, preventing injuries, protecting people against environmental hazards, and they promote healthy behaviors. This program also depends heavily on nurses with master’s degrees, especially those in public health.
Public health nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of people. Their main focus is to promote health and prevent disease and disability. There are many types of jobs in the public health workforce, which might make this a perfect time for you to return to college for a graduate degree in this growing field.
Universities in Iowa offer nurses a Public Health graduate program. They require a bachelor's degree for admission with a GPA of 3.0. The GRE scores are also required. Additionally, you must provide three letters of recommendation and your resume.
The College of Public Health offers several graduate level programs, which include Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Occupational and Environmental Health, Biostatistics and Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH is a globally recognized program for primary professionals in the public health field.
Iowa Public Health Nursing programs typically require 43 credit hours for graduation with prerequisite of algebra and biology.
The 18 hours of core courses and the three hour MPH practicum include:
- Intro to Public Health
- Intro to Biostatistics
- Intro to Help Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Epidemiology I: Principles
- Intro to the US Healthcare System
- Global Environmental Health
- MPH Practicum Experience
Students must take 21 semester hours from courses required in one of the other public health sub-tracks. If you are ready to return for your graduate degree, you will be prepared for a variety of challenges.
The federal government has the FAFSA grant program, and if you fill out an application, the financial result will be based on your income. Through the Campaign for Nursing’s Future that is funded by Johnson & Johnson offer scholarships, which usually require a minimum GPA of 3.0. HRSA from the department of health offers long repayment programs, some scholarships for disadvantaged students and the Nurse Corps program.
Obviously your chosen field of education will impact your choice of jobs. The Department of Public health employees numerous nurses, but there are also many positions in hospitals, private corporations, schools and many other areas.
A Medical and Health Services nurse conducts and administers fiscal operations, directs and supervises work activities. In 2014, these nurses earned a salary of $92,810 according to O*Net Online.
Public health nursing is very rewarding. A graduate degree will allow you to be an advanced practice nurse. You would not only be advancing your career, you would also be helping the community at large and nurses as a whole.