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University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Occupational Health Nursing

Occupational Health Nursing focuses on planning, delivery and evaluation of occupational health services for working populations. Specialization in Occupational Health Nursing prepares graduates for advance practice as clinical nurse specialists. The program emphasizes a blend of occupational health nursing practice and management skills with a strong interdisciplinary focus. Our students take courses and complete projects with students in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene and safety engineering. Faculty work closely to give students a well-balanced education in which the emphasis is teamwork.

Learn more about our interdisciplinary collaboration with the Education and Research Center.

Certification & Career Opportunities

On completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) certification as a COHN-S. Other certifications with ABOHN include Safety and Case Management. Graduates of the program have taken jobs with large corporations, insurance companies, small companies, case management organizations, hospital occupational health departments, health departments and state and federal government agencies.

Clinical Hours

Students work extensively with preceptors in a variety of industrial, corporate, hospital-based and nurse-managed occupational health settings. The program requires 540 practice hours in various industries and businesses throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Experiences for students outside the area are arranged with preceptors in settings closer to the student’s home area.

Clinical experiences also include traveling with Educational Resource Center (ERC) students in the occupational medicine residency, industrial hygiene and safety engineering programs. Together these students collaboratively evaluate environmental, ergonomic, safety and health workplace issues. Students report their analysis via the ERC Blog.

Prior Experience

Prior experience is not a requirement for this program.

Program of Study

The program can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in six quarters (two academic years).

Because we are a part of a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NIOSH-ERC), we are able to offer stipend support for most of our full-time students. This support also includes partial tuition from the College of Nursing.

Program Courses

* Courses with an asterisk beside them (*) may be available online or face to face.

Year 1 Fall Semester Courses Credits
NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning* 3 credits
NURS8004 Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice* 3 credits
ANCH8040 Common Occupational and Environmental Diseases and Injuries 3 credits
EIH8019 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety Workshop I
2 credits
TOTAL 11 credits

Year 1 Spring Semester Courses Credits
NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning*
3 credits
NURS8008 Healthcare Policy for the Advanced Practice Nurse*
3 credits
ANCH8042 Occupational Health and Safety Programs
3 credits
EIH8020 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety Workshop II 2 credits 
TOX7082 Survey of Toxicology 2 credit
TOTAL 13 credits

Year 2 Fall Semester Courses Credits
NURS8014 Epidemiological Methods in Health Care
3 credits
ANCH8050 Occupational Health Nursing Practicum I
4 credits
NURS8099 MSN Capstone Project 1 credits 
EIH7007 Principles of Occupational Exposure Assessment
2 credits
MECH6050 Occupational Safety Engineering
3 credit
TOTAL 13 credits


Year 2 Spring Semester Courses Credits
NDNP8010 Finance and Economics of Healthcare* 3 credits
ANCH8054 Leadership and HR in Occ Health Nursing
4 credits
ANCH8052 Occupational Health Nursing Practicum II
3 credits
TOTAL 10 credits


Note: The above schema is current as of May 21, 2014, and is potentially subject to future revision(s).


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For more information contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.

Sue Davis

Susan Reutman, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Director of Occupational Health Program
(513) 558-5280

Jane Christianson

Jane Christianson, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Deputy Director of Occupational Health Program
(513) 558-5122