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.

Practicum Hours

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.

Prior Experience

At least one year of RN work experience is preferred.

Application Restrictions

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
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

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.

Program Courses

In-person attendance at an intensive workshop prior to the start of the semester is required.

Courses Credits
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
TOTAL 47 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.


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For more information contact the Office of Student Affairs at nursing1@uc.edu or (513) 558-3600.

Susan Reutman

Susan Reutman, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Director of Occupational Health Program

Gordon Gillespie

Gordon Lee Gillespie, PhD, RN, CEN, CNE, CPEN, PHCNS-BC, FAEN
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar
Associate Professor