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Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NursingOccupational Health Nursing

Be a Leader in Occupational Health!

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 Degree M.S. in Nursing / M.P.H. in Public Health with Nursing Concentration in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing / Occupational Health Nursing: 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!

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dean, College of Nursing

Improve Health and Safety of Workers

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


Occupational 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!

Candace M. Burns Candace M. Burns, PhD, MS, ARNP Professor, Concentration Director, Occupational Health

What People are Saying:

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 Joseph Bertulfo, MS, MPH, NP-C National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion