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Occupational Health Nursing


Interested in… autonomy, challenges and the credentials to be part of the interdisciplinary field in occupational health?

MSN or PhD Studies
Occupational Health Nursing

NIOSH tuition support available to graduate students w/ US citizenship

On-line core courses—Flexible scheduling —Scholarships


Have You Considered Graduate Education in Occupational Health Nursing?
Our Center is one of 18 Education and Research Centers (ERC) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our ERC prepares occupational health nurses in both master’s and doctoral programs. At the master’s level, an Adult Nurse Practitioner program with specialization in occupational health and an individualized study option in management /case management are available. A PhD study in occupational health nursing is offered to prepare for teaching, research, consulting, or an administrative career.

All courses are offered on-line with two field experiences in the fall and spring terms. Scholarships for tuition and a small stipend may be available to qualifying students in both the masters and doctoral programs. The UAB School of Nursing graduate program is ranked in top 10% among nursing schools by U.S. News and World Report. There are more than 90 full-time faculty members holding degrees from more than 60 schools of nursing, and 10,000+ graduates working in every state in the US and more than a dozen foreign countries

UAB School of Nursing

  • Established in Tuscaloosa in 1949 as the University of Alabama School of Nursing; admitted first class in 1950; moved to Birmingham in 1967
  • Ranked 15th in the nation by Nurse Educator
  • Ranked 16th in the United States for research funding from the National Institutes of Health
  • Master’s program ranked 10th in nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • BSN, MSN, and PhD degree options offered
  • RN to BSN, MSN, BSN to PhD and post-MSN options offered
  • Online courses offered in all options
  • Honors program offered with clinical and research tracks
  • 90 full-time faculty members have degrees from more than 60 schools of nursing
  • 100 percent of faculty have doctoral degrees
  • 15 clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners serve as teaching staff
  • Designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for International Nursing (1 of 12 in the United States and 34 worldwide)
  • Member of the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education (1 of 31 member schools of nursing worldwide)
  • Center for Nursing Research is only one in Alabama
  • Research studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies focus on such topics as breast cancer and exercise, HIV and exercise, informed consent in children, anger management, adolescents and diabetes, and care-giving for the elderly
  • 10,000+ graduates working in every state in the United States and more than a dozen foreign countries
  • One of 17 Education and Research Centers sponsored by National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety

DNP Specialization in Occupational Health Nursing. If you already have a BSN, you may select either:

• Adult nurse practitioner preparation for occupational settings or
• Individualized study focused on OHN management/case management

The curriculum includes courses in occupational health nursing, safety and ergonomics, occupational disease, toxicology, and industrial hygiene.

PhD Study in Occupational Health Nursing. You can prepare for a teaching, research, consulting or administrative career by completing theory, research, and occupational health courses and dissertation research on an occupational health topic.

Would you like more information? Please contact

Stephanie Hammond, DNP, CRNP,, 205.934.6296 Karen Heaton, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN,, 205.996.9467

The University of Alabama School of Nursing is a component of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety. The Deep South Center offers students rigorous studies to prepare for full interaction with other occupational health and safety professionals in planning and implementing occupational health and safety programs.