Graduate Division

Nursing Science MS - Community and Population Health (MEPN)

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The MEPN Program offers graduates of non-nursing baccalaureate programs direct entry into an accelerated master’s degree program, with the ability to autonomously practice nursing as an M.S.-prepared nurse upon graduation. Graduates of the program will qualify to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses, be eligible for certification as a Public Health Nurse and earn a Master of Science. The master’s degree program also prepares students for future research or practice-focused doctoral studies.

Consistent with the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing mission to provide strong research-based academic and professional programs, the new program aims to prepare excellent researchers, educators, and clinicians. Goals of the CPHN concentration are to prepare graduate nurses to lead and expand care to under-served populations in the following areas:

  • Generalist nursing practice across a wide variety of healthcare settings, from acute care to community, home, and transition management;
  • Nursing scholarship and evidence-based practice;
  • Leadership in interprofessional health care teams;
  • Innovative advancements in health care delivery, quality improvement, and improved access to care in our underserved communities.

The CPHN curriculum was designed to ensure that the nine essential core areas delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) – the umbrella organization that provides national accreditation through their Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) – are met throughout the program. In addition, the Quad Council and the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals competencies for public health practice are incorporated throughout the curriculum.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • 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

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Capstone Project

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Admissions Requirements

If you are seeking admission to MEPN, you must meet the conditions listed below to apply. Students are only admitted for summer entry.

You must have:

  • A baccalaureate in a non-nursing university program from a regionally accredited institution with degree standards equivalent to the University of California.
  • A 3.0 minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in your baccalaureate degree
  • Completed the following prerequisites with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution:
    • Statistics
    • Psychology (preferably human development lifespan)
    • Sociology/Cultural Anthropology
    • Anatomy with lab
    • Physiology with lab
    • Microbiology with lab
    • General chemistry OR chem course that includes a combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry

Please use the ASSIST student-transfer system to find equivalent courses at any public California college or university. You must complete all prerequisite courses, as well as your non-nursing bachelor’s degree, by the end of December for the following summer entry.

Applications are accepted between Sept. 3 and Jan. 15 for the following summer entry only.

You must submit the following to be considered for MEPN admission:

The GRE is NOT required for the MS degree program. An interview may be required for final selection of candidates.

Please see the Graduate Division website for more prospective student information.

Financial Support

Please review the UC Irvine Financial Aid Office website for information on financial assistance for graduate students ›

Applying for assistance

Financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially from that available to undergraduates.

To be eligible for financial assistance during the academic year, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline is March 2. Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA. All graduate students, either international or domestic, are eligible to receive university fellowship funding as long as you are documented.

Other scholarships

We encourage you to also look for and apply for any scholarships you can find outside of UCI. In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing-specific scholarships introduce you to organizations that can broaden your idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The external scholarship database has a sublisting for scholarships available to both Nursing Science graduate and undergraduate students. View external nursing scholarships ›

Tuition & Fees

 MS Nursing Science Fees 2019-20 Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition 4,062.00 4,062.00 4,062.00 12,186.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 139.69 139.69 139.68 419.06
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
Document Fee * 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total California Resident $ 9,970.87 $ 9,970.87 $ 9,970.86 $ 29.912.60
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 4,082.00 4,082.00 4,081.00 12,245.00
Total Nonresident $ 14,052.87 $ 14,052.87 $ 14,051.86 $ 42,157.60


Summer 2019 Fees 1st Year Cohort 2nd Year Cohort
Summer Session Graduate Per Unit Fee 1,396.00 698.00
Summer Session Campus Fee 181.00 181.00
Student Health Insurance 1,009.19 0.00
Total Summer Fees $ 2,586.19 $ 879.00

Posted 17 July 2019:

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

* The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Stephanie Au
Assistant Clinical Professor

Miriam Bender, PhD, RN, CNL
Assistant Professor

Sara Brown, EdD, MSN, RN
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Candace Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
Assistant Professor

Sarah Campbell, MS, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Leah Centanni, MS, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Lorraine S. Evangelista, PhD, APRN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN

Michelle A. Fortier, PhD
Associate Professor

Yuqing Guo, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

E. Alison Holman, PhD, APRN, FNP
Associate Professor

Dave Holmes, PhD

Jung-Ah Lee, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Maureen Movius, MN, APRN, CNS, CMSRN
HS Associate Clinical Professor

Tiffany K. Nielsen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Adeline Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN
Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor

Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
HS Clinical Professor

Melissa D. Pinto, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN
Associate Professor

Vanessa Rodriguez, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Kathleen Saunders, MSN, APRN, CNS, CPN, PHN
HS Associate Clinical Professor

Sanghyuk Shin, PhD
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Symanski, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
HS Clinical Instructor

HS Clinical Professor

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