Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Doctoral Studies
The OHN doctoral (PhD) research program's aim is to prepare independent OHN researchers whose work contributes the occupational health knowledge base and whose qualification enable them to assume OHN leadership positions. Occupational Health Nursing doctoral preparation is accomplished through selected OHN learning activities; study of OHN relevant theory and frameworks, completion of coursework that supports the individual student's research area, and conducting OHN dissertation research.
The minimum OHN PhD graduation requirement of 96 semester hours of coursework includes: a maximum of 32 credit hours from the student's Master's program, 21 theory, research methods, and statistics hours, 14 advanced coursework hours, and 31 independent research hours.
Students with a BSN and a strong desire to perform research in Occupational Health Nursing will be considered for admission to the doctoral program. Research interests of recent doctoral students have included work-related musculoskeletal disorders in women, acculturation of foreign healthcare workers in the U.S. and violence in the workplace toward female workers.