Occupational Health Nursing
Nurses with a master's in occupational health focus on planning, delivery and evaluation of occupational health and safety programs and services for working populations.
Our occupational health program prepares graduates for specialty practice roles in this broad field. Courses emphasize a blend of occupational health nursing practice, leadership and research skills with a strong interdisciplinary focus.
Learn more about our interdisciplinary collaboration with the Education and Research Center.
Career Opportunities & Certification
Graduates of the program perform specialty occupational health nursing practice in clinical, managerial, and educational roles within colleges and universities, health care delivery systems, and small and large corporations. Nurses in specialty occupational health nursing practice also hold case management, research, public health, and consulting positions.
For more information on occupational health nursing certification requirements, visit: abohn.org.
Students work extensively with preceptors in a variety of industrial, corporate, hospital-based and nurse-managed occupational health settings. The program requires 392 practicum contact hours.
At least one year of RN work experience is preferred.
Because of regulatory considerations, UC College of Nursing's Occupational Health Nursing master's program does not accept applications from individuals who reside in the following district, territories or states:
- District of Columbia
- North Dakota
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 four semesters (two academic years).
Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify.
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.
Interdisciplinary experiences include traveling in person 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 describe their experiences via the ERC Blog.
For-credit classes are available online; in some cases, classes taken through other UC academic health colleges must be taken online at the scheduled in-class time listed.
In-person attendance at an intensive workshop prior to the start of the semester is required.
|ANCH8040 Occupational Health and Environmental Diseases and Injuries||3 credits
|ANCH8042 Occupational Health and Safety Programs||3 credits
|ANCH8050 Occupational Health Nursing Practicum I||4 credits
|ANCH8052 Occupational Health Nursing Practicum II||3 credits
|ANCH8054 Leadership and Human Resource Management in Occupational Health||4 credits|
|EIH7007 Principles of Occupational Exposure Assessment**||2 credits
|EIH8019 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety Workshop I**||2 credits
|EIH8020 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety Workshop II**||2 credits
|MECH6050 Occupational Safety Engineering**||3 credits
|NURS8002 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning||3 credits
|NURS8004 Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice||3 credits
|NURS8006 Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning||3 credits
|NURS8008 Health Care Policy for the Advanced Practice Nurse||3 credits
|NDNP8010 Finance and Economics of Health Care||3 credits
|NURS8014 Epidemiological Methods in Health Care||3 credits
|NURS8099 MSN Capstone Project||1 credit
|TOX7082 Survey of Toxicology**||2 credits
**Most for-credit classes are available online asynchronously; in some cases, required classes taken through other UC academic health colleges must be taken online synchronously at the scheduled in-class time listed.