Master's Concentrations

Occupational Health / Adult-Gerontology Primary Care 

Are you interested in helping workers stay safe on the job? The field of occupational health is dedicated to preventing hazards and injuries in the workplace. The College of Nursing provides two pathways for nurses to become Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners.

  • Concurrent MS/MPH track: Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in occupational health and adult-gerontology primary care plus a Master of Public Health (MPH) in environmental and occupational health
  • MS degree track: Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in occupational health and adult-gerontology primary care
Both tracks are interdisciplinary programs that offer a solid foundation in occupational health and safety. The programs are supported by the Sunshine Research & Education Center, which is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH). Students who complete these courses of study will be prepared to sit for national certification exams and apply for licensure in advanced practice.

Those who earn certification as Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners have an impact on workers and their safety in the following ways:

  • Practicing in diverse settings, such as in industry, clinic, and hospital locations
  • Coordinating health and rehabilitation services for individual workers
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive health programs
  • Directing and evaluating safety plans
  • Consulting and advising on occupational health options
  • Performing interdisciplinary training at a variety of work sites
  • Participating in interprofessional occupational health roles