Karen Hopcia, ScD, ANP-BC
Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program
Department Health Systems Science
NURS 910 UIC College of Nursing (MC 802)
845 S. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Dr. Hopcia’s research area is Occupational Health Services, Research, and Policy. Prior to coming to Chicago, she was a Project Director for one of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Total Worker Health Centers. Her general research interests include how workplace policies impact worker outcomes, particularly how shift work policies impact worker sleep patterns, shift work disorder, worker function and overall health. A second related interest is how institutional work policies related to shifts for healthcare workers impact injury rates, absenteeism, disability duration, costs and associated patient outcomes.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Hopcia currently teaches NURS 526: Nursing Inquiry I.
Service / Practice
Dr. Hopcia is an active member of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). She is a volunteer peer reviewer for the AAOHN Approver Unit. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Midwest Nursing Research Society.