Adult Nurse Practitioner (MS) and Public Health (MPH)

The College of Nursing and the College of Public Health offer an Interdisciplinary Concurrent Degree (Occupational Health MPH / MS) Master's program in Occupational Health Nursing/Adult Nurse Practitioner. This program provides training to prepare advanced occupational health nurses for practice at diverse work settings, including direct clinical practice and occupational health program development, administration and management. The student concurrently earns two degrees: a Master of Science (MS) from the College of Nursing as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) from the College of Public Health in Occupational Health. The Program is open to RN's with a baccalaureate degree in nursing or another discipline.

Graduates are qualified for State of Florida licensures as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in adult health and may apply to take the American Nurses Association Credentialing Examination in adult health nursing. The occupational health nursing courses also fulfill some of the educational requirements for taking the Occupational Health Nursing Certification examination.

Occupational Health Nursing trainees complete core courses in nursing and public health and specialty courses in adult primary care and occupational health/occupational health nursing. Students have opportunities for interdisciplinary learning experiences with other occupational health specialty disciplines in industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, safety and toxicology. Both full-time and part-time enrollment is available. Many nursing and public health core courses are offered online. Tuition/fee payments are available for both full-time and part-time matriculated students and stipends for full-time students pending available monies.

An Introduction to Occupational Health Nursing Course is open to all nurses.

Program Outline

Download the check sheet for the Public Health portion of the concurrent MPH/MS degree

Total credits required: 80

College of Nursing Courses - 49 credits

  • NGR 6638 HP Theory & Strategies Across the Lifespan (3)
  • NGR 6152 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (4)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (4)
  • NGR 6803 Research and Evidence-based Practice (3)
  • NGR 6002 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (4)
  • NGR 6650 Occupational Health Nursing I (2)
  • NGR 6651 Occupational Health Nursing II (2)
  • NGR 6064C Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures (3)
  • NGR 6291C Health Mngmt of Adults and Older Adults III – Special Topics / Occupational Health Nursing (6)
  • NGR 6733 Organizational Professional Dimensions of Nursing Practice (3)
  • NGR 6893 Systems and Populations in Healthcare (3)
  • NGR 6207C Health Mngmt of Adults & Older Adults I (6)
  • NGR 6244C Health Mngmt of Adults & Older Adults II (6)
College of Public Health Courses - 31 credits*
  • PHC 6357 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • PHC 6000 Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6050 Biostatistics I (3)
  • PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy Management (3)
  • PHC 6423 Occupational Health Law (2)
  • PHC 6360 Safety Principles and Practices (2)
  • PHC 6364 Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience (2) OR PHC 6945 COPH Field Experience (2)
  • PHC 6356 Industrial Hygiene (2)
  • PHC 6351 Occupational Medicine (3)
  • PHC 6354 Occupational Health and Safety Administration (2)
  • PHC 6977 Special Project (3)
  • PHC 6936 Public Health Capstone (3)
*All MPH degrees at the College of Public Health require 42 credits minimum. In this concurrent degree the Public Health courses listed and the common Nursing/Public Health courses meet this requirement. NGR 6638 Health Promotion Theories and Strategies Across the Lifespan will substitute for the PHC 6410 core course for dual nursing M.S./M.P.H. students. See the Concurrent MPH/MS Nursing check sheet for details.

Contact Information

Candace M. Burns, PhD, ANP, ARNP
Director, Occupational Health Nursing
University of South Florida
College of Nursing HSC 22
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Cell Phone: (813) 245-4550

Helen Acree Conlon, DNP, MS, MPH, ARNP, COHN-S
Deputy Director, Occupational Health Nursing
University of South Florida
College of Nursing HSC 22
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612