MS in Nursing Science with a Community and Population Health Nursing Concentration

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is designed to grant students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, direct entry into an MS in Nursing Science degree program. Our graduate-level accelerated program covers the foundation of nursing practice. Students achieve competencies in research and the ability to utilize scholarly evidence in the design, delivery, evaluation, and improvement of health care. Additionally, the MEPN boasts a concentration in Community and Population Health Nursing (CPHN) preparing graduates to lead interprofessional health care teams that advocate for the expansion of health care opportunities to under-served populations.

  • Accelerated program
  • High-tech clinical simulation experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Excellent clinical partnerships with rotations throughout UCI Health and immersion opportunities in local communities
  • Leadership role preparation and interprofessional team building skills development
  • Desirable concentration in Community and Population Health
  • You are eager to pursue licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • You are interested in becoming a researcher, educator and/or clinician
  • You want to build and lead collaborative interprofessional health care teams
  • You are passionate about improving health care delivery and access to care
  • You wish to design innovative nursing practice and translate evidence into practice


The MEPN program is a two-year commitment and prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The curriculum provides education in organization and systems leadership, quality improvement and safety, integration of scholarship into practice, health policy and advocacy, health promotion and disease prevention for improving patient and population outcomes, and a master’s level of nursing practice.

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Application Details

DNP (Post-Master’s)