The New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA)is a nonprofit association working to promote public health practice and policies. Members consist of community organizations and coalitions, which include private consultants doing public health work, as well as government employees, many of whom are nurses.
The New Mexico Practitioner Council is an organization of volunteers with a lobbyist who monitors issues pertaining to public health nurse practitioners. They work in rural areas are eligible for a rural tax credit of $3000. They monitor all issues that have an impact on their environment.
If you are ready to become a graduate public health nurse, you may position yourself into an advanced role with the organizations listed above, or in many other public health agencies. Get started today by contacting NM nursing schools for more information.
New Mexico has several concentrations in advanced practice. The admission criteria for most Masters programs in Public Health Nursing typically includes:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- GPA minimum of 3.0
- All students must have adequate scores within five years for the GRE, MCAT or GMAT
- Students are required to have experience in the public health field that may be as a volunteer or in a paid position
- Official transcripts from each academic institution you have attended and a completed residency form
- Letter of intent and resume
- Three recommendation letters
It takes about 42 credit hours to graduate from a Masters in Public Health Program, which does not include clinical hours.
Required courses for these programs may include:
- Principles of Public Health
- Epidemiologic Methods I
- Environmental/Occupational Health
- Biostatistical Methods
- Choice between Health Care Systems or Public Health and Health Care Management
- Choice between Social and Cultural Theories and Models: Community Interventions or Public Health Program Planning
- Theory and Practice Seminar I, II
- Writing for Public Health Professionals
- Public Health Seminar
- Public Health Practicum
- Choice between one of these options, which may be a Professional Paper, Public Health Integrative Experience or Master's Thesis
The New Mexico Public Health Offices offer multiple services to the diverse population of the state with offices located in each county.
As of August 5, 2015, the New Mexico Department of Health will have a new certification for the first community health workers in the state (CHWs). They will focus their certification efforts on experienced CHWS by utilizing a grandfathering process.
The grandfathering process requires verification from current or former supervisors concerning your proficiency and core competencies. The CHW must have completed 2000 work hours.
In addition, New Mexico has three levels of licensure for Health Services school employees, and the supervisory position requires a master's degree.
These employees will be front-line public health workers in their community as they have a very good understanding of the community they serve, and play a critical role in reducing health disparities and managing chronic illnesses.
A graduate degree for a medical and health service manager has an annual income of $92,810 as of 2014 according to O*Net Online. New Mexico has a graduate nursing shortage, so this may be the ideal time to advance your career by getting your graduate degree. The opportunities may be plentiful in public and private settings. Contact the schools you see below to learn more.