Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN)


Carolyn Porta, PhD, MS, MPH, RN
Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing; Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs


 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 of the MPH program work in business, industry, health care and public health – to develop, manage and evaluate health programs 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 nurses including professionals, educators and researchers.

Program degree options include a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a major in Public Health Practice or Environmental Health, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health. Learn more about the degrees.


Student financial support A major benefit of this program is the availability of financial support to cover eligible 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. In addition, other funding sources may be available.

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 teamwork with students in epidemiology, injury prevention, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine and toxicology. Field Experience and Applied Learning Students apply coursework to real world problems working with professional mentors in the community at the local, regional, national or global level. Faculty can facilitate student learning experiences or students can initiate opportunities. Audience 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).