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University of South Florida College of Nursing









» Dual MS/MPH Degree Track:

MS degree in Occupational

Health & Adult-Gerontology

Primary Care Nurse

Practitioner & MPH degree in

Occupational Health

» Nursing MS Degree Track:

Occupational Health

& Adult-Gerontology

Primary Care Nurse



Protecting the health of workers and the community is a very important

and rewarding field. Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners’ primary focus is preventing work-related illnesses and injuries and protecting health and safety among workers. The USF College of Nursing has an out-of-the- box Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner master’s program designed for your success. Dual MS/MPH Degree Track: MS degree in Occupational Health & Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner & MPH degree in Public Health: OR Nursing MS Degree Track: Occupational Health &

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Make a difference to individuals and groups of workers as a USF Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner!

Why Occupational Health?


Practice at diverse settings - industry, clinics, & hospital employee health


Coordinate health and rehabilitation services for individual workers


Develop and administer comprehensive health promotion programs


Direct and evaluate an occupational health and safety plan


Consult and advise on occupational health and safety services


Interdisciplinary training at a variety of work sites,


Interprofessional experiences in occupational health roles Why USF?


USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation


USF is ranked 8th as an ‘up and coming’ university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges


USF ranks among Forbes America’s Best Colleges 2011


USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S.

Why USF Nursing?


One of 13 nationally recognized Occupational Health Nursing Programs


Nationally recognized USF Sunshine Education and Research Center


Nationally-renowned faculty with real world experience


Dual concentration prepares graduates to sit for certification as


Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN-s) by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses


Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

The College of Nursing’s advisors are ready and standing by to speak with you about this out-of-the-box Occupational Health Nursing program.

USF Nursing is Transforming Healthcare, Transforming Lives: Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, College of Nursing

Be a Leader in Occupational Health!



SF Health lives its mission of Making Life Better. We are taking an active role in breaking through barriers of traditional healthcare models through interprofessional education and research involving everyone in USF Health: Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy.”

- Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA Senior Vice President, USF Health Dean, Morsani College of Medicine

Employers expect to hire over 25,000 OS&H professional over the next 5 years including

approximately 2,250 occupational health nurses. Need to produce additional graduates,

particularly .... occupational health nurses.”

- National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),

October 3, 2011

On-site workplace clinics used to be primarily focused on treating people injured on the job.

Then companies added primary care and started emphasizing preventive screenings and other

“wellness” services. In 2011, 31 percent of employers with 500 or more workers had on-site

clinics, and another 9 percent said they were considering them.”

- Big companies offering more on-site health care for employees The Washington Post

June 18


ccupational Health Nurse Practitioners are professionals trained at USF to seamlessly interact in interprofessional settings. USF OHNs have high national certification pass rates. Nationally there is a shortage of OHNs ensuring a constant need. In addition, many worksites have employee health, primary care clinics on site as an effective strategy to curb health care costs USF OHNs are well prepared to tackle

the occupational health needs of today and tomorrow!

- Burns, Candace M., PhD, MS, ARNP

Professor, Concentration Director, Occupational Health Deputy Director, Sunshine Education and Research Center


Finish in 3 Easy Steps!

Program plan

» Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (two tracks)

» Dual MS/MPH Degree Track - 80 credit hours

» Nursing MS Degree Track - 61 credit hours

» Full-time & Part–time plans available

STEP 1 - Complete core

Master’s courses

Graduate/Advanced Nursing Core Courses


Health Promotion Theories and Strategies


Physiology & Pathophysiology


Pharmacology for Advanced Practice


Research and Evidence Based Practice


Systems & Populations in Healthcare


Organizational & Professional Dimensions


Health Assessment: Advanced Generalist


Advanced Diagnostics & Procedures

1 STEP 2 - Complete Nursing

content courses

Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Content Courses


Occupational Health Nursing I


Occupational Health Nursing II


Health Management of Adults/Older Adults I


Health Management of Adults/Older Adults II


Health Management of Adults/Older Adults III (Special Topics - OHNP)


So ask yourself - if not now, when?

Apply online today!

As approved by Graduate Council 04/16/2012, effective Fall 2012. Will be published in 2013-2014 USF Graduate Catalog.


STEP 3 - Complete Public Health

content courses

Nursing MS Degree Track Courses


Safety Principles and Practices


Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience OR EOH Field Experience course


Industrial Hygiene


Occupational Medicine


Special Project


Breaking Barriers Innovative Different

Game Changer Out of the Box

Dual MS/MPH Degree Track - Additional Courses


Environmental and Occupational Health




Biostatistics I


Principles of Health Policy Management


Occupational Health Law


Occupational Health and Safety Administration


Public Health Capstone

The Occupational Health Nursing concentration is operated in collaboration with the University

of South Florida Sunshine Education and Research Center (ERC). The Occupational Health Nurse

Practitioner Program has been continually funded since 1996 by a grant from the National

Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Sunshine ERC is unique because of its

strong interdisciplinary activities; use of distance learning for education; programs addressing

under-representation of minorities; research focus on NORA priorities; recognition as a state

and regional resource in occupational safety and health; and demonstration of strong internal/

institution support.


One of 18 nationally recognized NIH T42 Education and Research Centers


Provides tuition and fee payments for both part-time and full-time students (pending available funds)

Occupational Health Nursing students gain interdisciplinary / interprofessional training through

classes, field experiences at a wide variety of work sites, scientific and simulation laboratories,

and collaborative research and special projects with graduate students in occupational

medicine residency, safety, industrial hygiene and psychology.


Transform Healthcare, Transform Lives

as a Clinical Nurse Leader!

“The USF MS/ MPH Dual Degree Program prepared me as a leader in occupational safety and health and overall population health. The faculty in both the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health challenged me, nurtured me. My education and experiences have equipped me to become one of the next generation of nurse leaders. Exposure to numerous educational and research opportunities has provided me a strong foundation to pursue post- master’s study. The interdisciplinary interactions prepared me for national level leadership responsibilities. I am proud to be a Bull Nurse.”

– Joseph Bertulfo, MS, MPH, NP-C

Deputy Director (Acting), Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The USF MS/MPH Dual Degree Program in Occupational Health Nursi ng

gave me the tools to be a leader and innovator in occupational health and safety and my profession. Where you get your occupational


nursing education matters; all programs do not prepare occupational health nurse practitioners. I was exceptionally well prepared

to obtain

national certifications in occupational health nursing and adult nurse

practitioner. I was also well prepared to enter the PhD progra

m at USF.

The faculty and resources in both the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health are everything you would expect of a major research university.

As an

alumnus, I would certainly recommend USF!”

– Christine Bouchard, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, COHN-S

Director, Employee Health, West Virginia University Hospitals

“My experiences in the USF MS / MPH Dual Degree Occupational Health Nursing Program were literally life-changing. I first entered nursing as a diploma nurse so my road to advanced practice has been long - yet very rewarding. It has opened multiple doors for employment opportunities as well as returning to USF for the DNP degree and completing my signature residency in occupational health.

I am proud to use my expertise to help transform the lives of our nursing and other health care personnel to promote health and wellness, prevent illness and injury and provide care to those who are injured on the job collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines. ”

– Helen Acree Conlon, DNP, MS, MPH, ARNP-BC, COHN-S

Nurse Practitioner, Employee Health Services, All Children’s Hospital; Johns Hopkins Medicine Deputy Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program



Our friendly admissions team is prepared to answer your questions and discuss with you the requirements for applying:


Bachelor’s degree (BS) with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university


Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher on all upper level baccalaureate coursework


Evidence of current RN Licensure in good standing

Dual degrees applicants may have additional requirements from the College of Public Health.

If you are an RN with a bachelor degree in a major other than nursing, you may also apply. Additional course requirements may apply, and our admissions team will be happy to discuss this option.

So,what are

you waiting


Compare us to any program.

We are nationally accredited by:


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the BS, MS and DNP levels


The Council for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs We are fully approved by:


The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board


The Florida Board of Nursing

The University of South Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.


PhD programs are approved by the USF Graduate School.

Take the Next Step:

Ask a question:


Get an answer at the Online Answer Center.

Attend live Information Sessions:


Held at the College of Nursing.

Contact us:


Director - cburns@health.usf.edu or (813) 245-4550 cell


Advisor - nurstudent@health.usf.edu or (813) 974-2191


University of South Florida College of Nursing 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC Box 22 Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 974-2191 health.usf.edu/nursing

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