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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) Program

Sheila Fitzgerald

Program Director 
Sheila Fitzgerald, PhD, RN-C 

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Office: 410-955-4082


This program, funded by the within the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center (ERC), educates nurses in the field of occupational and environmental health. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center (ERC), educates nurses in the field of occupational and environmental health. Masters graduates hold upper-level positions in government agencies, military services, private sector, industry and labor organizations. Prospective masters students may apply to the full-time MPH program, the part-time/internet-based MPH program or the joint MSN/MPH program.

The full-time Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum is a concentrated eleven month course of study that includes core courses in toxicology, occupational and environmental hygiene, occupational and environmental medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, and safety and occupational injury prevention. The part-time/internet-based MPH option allows students to complete the MPH degree within three years of matriculation. Students can earn up to 80% of their academic credits online, with the remaining 20% being earned in a face-to-face format. The combined Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nursing (MSN/MPH) program is offered jointly by the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. The 18-month program of full-time study is designed specifically for nurses seeking to link their clinical and managerial interests with public health to improve delivery of nursing services in various settings. The program combines the one-year Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Public Health Nursing and the eleven-month Master of Public Health offered by the respective schools in eighteen-months of full-time study designed for nurses seeking to integrate advanced nursing practice with population-based public health perspectives. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions that uniquely combine knowledge in occupational health and nursing.

The doctoral program, the first in the world to offer nurses doctoral preparation in occupational and environmental health, addresses the need for nurses who are prepared to conduct research and design appropriate interventions for health problems related to workplace and environmental exposure. Doctoral graduates conduct research, teach in schools of public health and schools of nursing and manage occupational and environmental health programs in government agencies and the private sector. Prospective doctoral students apply to either the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree. For more information on the PhD and DrPH programs, please refer to this section of the EHS Student Handbook. In addition to core requirements for the degree programs, students may select electives in such areas as health policy, management, behavioral sciences, health education, international health and epidemiology.


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