Occupational Health

Our Occupational Health program prepares nurses for specialty practice roles that focus on planning, delivery and evaluation of occupational health and safety programs and services for working populations.

Our program offers:

  • Interdisciplinary study with students in other health colleges
  • Online courses (with an on-campus block intensive at the start of three semesters)
  • Instruction from internationally recognized occupational health experts
  • Job preparation through on-site practicum experiences, workshops and capstone projects
  • Financial assistance opportunities

Certification & Career

Graduates of this program are prepared to sit for the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) exam for certification as COHN-S. Occupational health nurses practice in clinical, educational and managerial roles as case managers, researchers, public health professionals and consultants within a variety of settings, including universities, health care delivery systems, small and large corporations and more.


To enter the program, individuals must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally and nursing accredited institution, along with an active, unrestricted RN license.

Program Overview

Students can complete the program in four semesters (two academic years). A one-to-three-day, on-campus "block intensive" is required at the start of three semesters. 

Students complete coursework remotely with peers in disciplines other than nursing, such as engineering and occupational medicine. Teams collaborate to evaluate environmental, ergonomic, safety and health workplace issues. In addition, students engage in onsite practicum courses in their region, experiencing occupational health in selected settings (e.g., industrial, corporate, research, government, hospital or clinic).


Headshot of Susan Reutman, PhD, RN

Susan Reutman, PhD, RN

Program Director