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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program



This program, funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) within the Johns Hopkins University 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, the private sector, and industry and labor organizations. Prospective master’s students may apply to the full-time MPH program or the part-time/internet-based MPH program.

The Master of Public Health (MPH):  In addition to the MPH curriculum, the core requirements of this program address the relationship between environmental conditions and the health of workers and other vulnerable community members.  Courses and activities focus on interdisciplinary practices that protect the health of these populations, including detection and mitigation of adverse health effects, exposure assessment and control, policy-making, and improving the resilience of those faced with environmental threats. 

This program is available to nurses pursuing an MPH degree in the full-time (11 month) or part-time (up to 3 years) options. A large number of School of Public Health courses are available online. These may be taken by students in any degree program, but at least 16 credits must be taken on-site in the face-to-face format.

The OEHN program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health which makes it possible to support qualified students. Contact the OEHN Director for more information.

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 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 the school's 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.

Departmental Required Courses for the OEHN Program:

188.680 Fundamentals of Occupational Health – 3 credits
182.625 Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene – 4 credits
187.610 Public Health Toxicology – 4 credits
188.686 Clinical Environmental and Occupational Toxicology – 3 credits
188.694 Occupational Health of Vulnerable Populations – 3 credits
188.681 Onsite Evaluation of Workplace and Occupational Health Programs – 5 credits
182.623 Occupational Safety and Health Management – 3 credits
185.801 Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology Journal Club (all terms on-site) – 1 credit

And choose 1 Course Below:

182.631 Principles Occupational Safety – 2 credits
182.621 Introduction to Ergonomics – 4 credits
305.615 Occupational Injury Prevention and Safety – 2 credits



Program Director 
Maureen Cadorette, PhD, 

Faculty Page: click here
Office: 410-955-4587
Fax: 410-614-8274


Core Faculty 
ERC Director Emeritus
Jacqueline Agnew, PhD, RN

Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
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Phone: 410-955-4037
Room W7503D


Supporting Faculty
Sheila Fitzgerald, PHD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Prior Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program 
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