Occupational Health Nursing


The Occupational Health Nursing Master of Science Program prepares nurses for leadership and practitioner roles in occupational health practice. The program offers a training option in management and leadership and a training option for occupational health nurse practitioners. A Ph.D. program in occupational health nursing is also available for nurses pursuing advanced research training.

The Occupational Health Nursing Program is housed within the Department of Health Systems Science at the University of Illinois College of Nursing. There are seven faculty members with a wide spectrum of academic, clinical, and occupational health practice credentials and experience. Research interests of the faculty include reducing disparities in underserved populations, acculturation issues facing immigrant health care workers, domestic violence, ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, and health promotion.

The program has excellent contacts with practicing occupational health nurses in our region who provide trainees with training, research, and service opportunities.


Karen Hopcia
Occupational Health Nursing Program Director
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (MC 802)
845 S. Damen Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone: 312-996-1627
E-mail: khopcia@uic.edu


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