|Occupational Health Nursing Certificate|
A formal certificate program in Occupational Health Nursing is offered by the Occupational Health Nursing Program, within the Public Health Leadership Program, School of Public Health. Based on a marketing survey, OHNs have expressed interest in more formal education in occupational health nursing beyond continuing education but may not be ready to enter a master's degree program.
The certificate program is designed to strengthen the knowledge and expertise of registered nurses (RNs) working in occupational health wherever they may practice - in the United States and/or internationally - through existing Internet/Blackboard courses that are currently available in the Public Health Leadership Program.
The Occupational Health Nursing Certificate is an academic program of study. Students take 11-12 credits in coursework that has been specially developed for distance education. All credits earned are completely transferable (for 10 years) as part of the requirements for the completion of the OHN Concentration MPH degree. Students will be able to register, receive materials, interact with faculty, order books, and successfully complete this program while only traveling to campus once. A connection to the Internet is all that is required!
The curriculum is a minimum of 11 credit hours (4 graduate level courses). One course is required; the student then selects three additional courses to complete the OHN Certificate Program
PHNU 781, Occupational Health Nursing I (3 credits)
Concerns factors influencing the development and operation of occupational health programs. General and special health services contingent on work environment and inherent health problems in the employed populations are considered. Fall Semester.
This course is offered for one week on-campus and students will take this in conjunction with current OHN program Masters' students.
ELECTIVES (Select 3 courses from the list below); all are offered on-line.
ENVR 423: Industrial Toxicology (3 credits)
Toxicological assessment of and a case presentation of related exposure is given. A conceptual approach is utilized to design appropriate programs to prevent worker ill health due to industrial toxicant exposure. Spring Semester.
ENVR 432: Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (3 credits)
Fundamentals of occupational safety and ergonomics with emphasis on legislation and organization of industrial safety and ergonomic programs, including hazard recognition, analysis, control, and motivational factors pertaining to industrial accident and cumulative trauma disorder prevention. Fall Semester.
PHNU 787: Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2 credits)
Provides broad understanding of industrial hygiene. Major emphasis is recognition of hazards in the workplace, evaluation of measurement of those hazards, and application of control strategies. Fall Semester.
PUBH 785: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health (3 credits)
Focuses on work, workplace exposures and hazards, and their effect on health. Interdisciplinary approaches to risk identification, reduction, and communication will be emphasized within regulatory and ethical contexts. Spring Semester.
EPID 600: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
An introductory course that considers the meaning, scope, and applications of epidemiology to public health practice and the uses of vital statistics data in the scientific appraisal of community health. Fall Semester; Spring Semester, Summer Session
Course Offerings by Semester
*EPID 600 is a rigorous course and recommended if considering going on for MPH degree
Sample Course Schedule (11-12 credits)
Criteria for Admission
Most students will have a BSN or above; however, we will consider applicants who can demonstrate equivalent related experience together with RN licensure and an Associate degree or certification in their field.
There are two admission cycles for the OHN Certificate Program: Fall and Spring.
To begin the application process, please click here. There is no application fee.
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If you have problems with the application, please contact Susan Randolph or Program Coordinator Damian Gallina.
For information on tuition rates, please consult the UNC Finance Office's tuition rates document (page 9--Off-campus Programs).
If you are actively serving in the military, you can qualify (if approved) for the military tuition benefit. The form needs to be completed and mailed to the program coordinator. Click here to reach the UNC web site for Military tuition benefits.
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|Last updated July 31, 2013|