Prepare to make a difference.

Our dual degree program allows you to achieve your goals — and advance your career. You'll earn an MS in Nursing from Simmons and an MS in Society and Human Development and Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). Our graduates are eligible to take the family nurse practitioners (FNP) certification exam, and practice as FNPs with a strong concentration in maternal and child health.

You'll be prepared for a rewarding career as an advanced practice professional, delivering appropriate and individualized health care to all populations, and taking on leadership roles in public and private institutions serving women and families. 

The Simmons and HSPH campuses are surrounded by world renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities, providing opportunities to place our students and graduates on the front lines of healthcare. 

Program Requirements

This professional, dual-degree program is designed to prepare family nurse practitioners for leadership roles in public and private institutions serving children and their families. 

Students will meet with their academic advisor to plan their course schedules – taking courses at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Simmons concurrently.

Simmons Curriculum

  • NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology (4 credits)
  • NURS 422 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span I (3 credits)
  • NURS 500 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
  • NURS 500A FNP I Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
  • NUR 507 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)
  • NUR 501 FNP II Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing Family (4 credits)
  • NUR 501A FNP II Clinical Decision Making (1 credit)
  • NURS 504 Family Theory: Health and Illness (3 credits)
  • NURS 508 Scholarly Inquiry II (2 credits)
  • NURS 423 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span II (2 credits)
  • NURS 502 FNP III Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 502A FNP III Clinical Decision Making (2 credits)
  • NURS 503 FNP IV Primary Care Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 503A FNP IV Clinical Decision Making (3 credits)
  • NURS 589 Informatics (3 credits)
  • SNHS 450 Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)

Total credits Simmons Program: 43

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Curriculum


Total Credits: 10

  • BIO 201 Biostatistics (5)
  • EPI 201 Epidemiology (2.5)
  • MCH 200 Growth and Development (2.5)

Total Credits: 10

  • MCH 207 Nutrition in Child Growth and Development (2.5)
  • MCH Elective (5)
  • Free Elective (2.5)


Total Credits: 10

  • MCH 204 Content of MCH Programs (5)
  • Free Electives (5)

Total Credits: 10

  • MCH 205 Implementation and Evaluation (2.5)
  • MCH Tutorial Consultation and Technical Assistance - Case Studies (2.5) 
  • Free Electives (5)

Total credits HSPH Program: 42.5 (2 years of half time study)*

*Including 17.5 elective credits 

How to Apply

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