Nursing

Occupational Health Nursing

Occupational health advanced-practice nurses plan, implement and track health and safety programs and services to employees, worker populations and association groups. Acting as advocates for the rights of employees, OHNs work closely with employers and management to ensure that health and safety standards are met, employee productivity and overall health safety are maximized in corporate, industrial, governmental or academic settings. OHNs hold multi-faceted positions ranging from clinicians to educators, case managers to corporate directors and consultants.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Occupational Health Nursing prepares nurses to apply knowledge, skills and abilities to use evidence from research to plan, implement and track health and safety programs and services to employees, worker populations and association groups.

Occupational Health Nursing Courses and Practicum Experiences

The program requires eight semesters, including coursework and three practicum experiences. Full- and part-time options are available and course scheduling is flexible.

Occupational health-specific courses include:

  • Principles of Public Health Negotiation and Mediation
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety Workshop
  • Occupational and Environmental Diseases and Injuries
  • Leveraging Analytics and Business Intelligence Tools for Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Interprofessional Field Experiences in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Informatics for DNP Practice

The program includes two practicums designed to immerse students in public health roles where they can apply the skills and knowledge developed in the program.

  • Practicum I focuses on population health care service delivery. Students work with an organization to critically appraise its funding, structure and history and assist with a project related to evaluation, assessment, funding and/or care delivery.
  • Practicum II focuses on integrating theory and evidence-based leadership models to implement and evaluate effective interventions for populations. Students address an identified population-focused clinical problem by partnering with an organization to develop and implement interventions.

More Information

Contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or nursingbearcats@uc.edu.