Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Specialized Training

Within the curriculum structure of the Environmental and Occupational Health MPH degree program, a specialized training in OEHN can be completed.  This is intended for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) who wish to gain additional expertise in the field of occupational and environmental health sciences.  The academic curriculum prepares nurses to practice as advanced professionals and responsible leaders in the delivery of health and safety services to worker populations and communities.  Upon graduation, the graduate may be eligible for testing for board certification by the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN).

What Things Do Professional OEHNs Do?

  • Focus on preventing and treating work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Blend healthcare expertise with organizational understanding to create safe and healthful work environments
  • Work in disease management, environmental health, emergency preparedness and disaster planning, workplace hazard detection, legal and regulatory compliance, and safety and health promotion in the workplace or community
  • Provide healthcare-related services, including roles as clinicians, case managers, advocates, educators, consultants,  policy developers, researchers, or program administrators/managers

OEHN Specialized Training Requirements and Schedule

Year 1

AutumnWinterSpring
EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)NSG 554 * Occupational Health Perspectives on Worker Populations (3 credits)ENVH 584** Occupational & Environmental Health: Policy and Politics (3 credits)
BIOSTAT 511 Medical Biometry (4 credits)ENVH 511 * Environmental and Occupational Health (3 credits)ENVH 570 Occupational Epidemiology (3 credits)
ENVH 564* Recognition of Health and Safety Problems in Industry (2 credits)ENVH 446 Hazardous Waste Management (3 credits)ENVH 505 Fundamentals of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (4 credits)
ENVH 581 Environmental Health Reading I (1 credit)ENVH 580 Environmental and Occupational Health Seminar (1 credit)ENVH 581 Environmental Health Reading III (1 credit)
ENVH 580 Environmental and Occupational Health Seminar (1 credit) ENVH 580 Environmental and Occupational Health Seminar (1 credit)

Year 2

AutumnWinterSpring
ENVH 453 Industrial Hygiene (3 credits)NSG 558 * Occupational Health: Professional Practice and Leadership in Program Development (3 credits)HSERV 510 Society and Health (3 credits);
HSERV 511B Introduction to Health Services and Public Health (3 credits)ENVH 599 Practicum/Field Work (3 credits)ENVH 599 Practicum/Field Work (3 credits)
ENVH 598 Degree Project (2 credits) or ENVH 700 Thesis (3 credits)ENVH 598 Degree Project (2 credits) or ENVH 700 Thesis (3 credits)ENVH 598 Degree Project (2 credits) or ENVH 700 Thesis (3 credits)
Elective course (1-2 credits minimum)$Elective course (1-2 credits minimum)$Elective course (1-2 credits minimum)$

* Counts as elective courses. Students choosing to complete the degree project option (ENVH 598) must take at least three additional 400 or 500 level departmental courses or—with approval by the student's faculty mentor— relevant courses from other departments (minimum 9 credits).  Students choosing to complete the thesis option (ENVH 700; minimum of 9 credits) must take at least two additional 400 or 500 level departmental courses or—with approval by the student's faculty mentor— relevant courses from other departments (minimum 6 credits). 

**  Replaces MPH degree program requirement to take either ENVH 577, ENVH 572, or ENVH 543.

$ Students receiving tuition/stipend support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC-NIOSH) through the UW Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS; see below) must be enrolled as full-time students (minimum 10 credits) every quarter they are funded.  If not receiving tuition/stipend support from CDC-NIOSH, then no need to take additional elective courses in year 2.  Consult with faculty mentor for possible options.

Funding Opportunities

The UW NWCOHS is one of the 17 Education and Research Centers (ERCs) funded by CDC-NIOSH.  Currently, students enrolled in the MPH degree program (OEHN emphasis) are eligible for traineeships which pay tuition, some fees, and possibly stipends. This funding may vary each year according to availability of funding and the number of student trainees enrolled in the program. To inquire further about funded traineeships specifically for the MPH degree program (OEHN emphasis), please contact the faculty member listed below.

For more information, including possibly applying, contact:

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington School of Public Health
BdeCastro@uwb.edu