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Former OEHN doctoral student Maggie Stedman-Smith, MPH-MS and faculty member Pat McGovern pictured with co-researchers and their children in a focus group assessing perceived pesticide exposures on the White Earth Reservation (main image). Dr Stedman Smith is an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health, Kent State University, Ohio . She teaches qualitative public health research methods to doctoral students and two environmental health sciences core courses, along with an undergraduate environmental health course. Her research addresses workplace hand hygiene and environmental health disparities and environmental justice.

Introduction to the Program

Pat McGovern, PhD, MPH, RN, Program Director and Bond Professor of Environmental and Occupational Heath Policy

The Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program prepares future leaders dedicated to the health and safety of people at work, their families, and the general community environment. Graduates work in business, industry, health care and public health - to develop, manage and evaluate health programs and policies designed to promote health and prevent work-related injuries and disease. Graduates of the PhD program work in universities, and public and private institutions to conduct research and educate future generations of occupational and environmental health professionals and educators.

The degree options for this program are a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health. Learn more about the degrees.

Benefits of the program

Student financial support
A major benefit of this program is the availability of financial support to cover student tuition and fees through a training grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This financial support is determined annually based on federal budget appropriations.

Interdisciplinary approach
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing integrates the sciences of occupational and environmental health with a population health perspective and prevention. Coursework and field experiences involve interactive learning and team work with students in epidemiology, injury prevention, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine and toxicology.

Fieldwork and Applied Learning
Student apply coursework to real world problems working with professional mentors in the community at the local, regional, national or global level. Learning experiences are facilitated through the faculty or initiated by students.

Nurses interested in public health, passionate about the prevention of illness and injury, and wanting to work with employed adults should apply. Individuals must have at least one year of professional experience as a registered nurse (licensed to practice in the United States).


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