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Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Curriculum and Study Options

As a student in the OEHN specialty you will:

  • Be a member of an interdisciplinary graduate program for students interested in occupational health and safety.
  • Explore an array of topics pertinent to the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Core competencies of:
    • clinical practice
    • case management
    • workforce, workplace, and environment
    • regulatory and legislative
    • management, business, and leadership
    • health promotion and disease prevention
    • health and safety education and training
    • research
    • professionalism
  • Develop skills in the identification and control of occupational hazards; the development and leadership of occupational health and safety programs; and the prevention, recognition, and treatment of work-related injury and illness.
  • Examine occupational and environmental health issues through an ecological framework lens, considering the interaction of individual, organizational, community, and societal factors in influencing the health and well-being of workers.
  • Have the opportunity to tailor your specific graduate student experience through clinical practicum hours, thesis or scholarly project activities, business and leadership courses of your choosing, and a number of research and networking events throughout the year!

Study Options

Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing is a specialty option within the Community Health Nursing (CHN) specialty in the School of Nursing. The theory, principles, and knowledge that supports occupational and environmental health nursing practice is acquired through core courses taken within the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Interdisciplinary courses and teamwork with public health disciplines provide additional skills and knowledge essential to this specialty.

    Master of Nursing

    Occupational and environmental health nursing is a study option within Community Health Nursing (CHN) designed to prepare nurses for effective, responsible leadership and expertise in the delivery of health and safety services to worker populations and communities at-large. This specialty applies community health nursing and occupational health concepts to the administration of programs aimed at health promotion and prevention of illness and injury in occupational health and community settings. During the program, students complete a minimum of 17 credits (510 actual hours) of practicum experiences. The purpose of these experiences is to provide students the opportunity to synthesize theories and concepts examined throughout their program and to develop an understanding of how they can be applied in the work environment setting. Students participate in selecting sites for these practicum. Students also complete a Thesis or Scholarly Project related to an occupational and environmental health topic or issue.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science

    The PhD in Nursing Science program prepares scientists capable of advancing nursing practice and education through research and scholarly activity. Rigorous research training is offered for persons contemplating careers in academia or in health agencies in which designing, planning, and implementing research is a significant expectation. Students admitted to the PhD in Nursing Science program may select Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing as a specialty option. In addition to taking selected courses in occupational safety and health, students will complete a dissertation on a topic in this field. Students must fulfill PhD requirements for the School of Nursing.