Program Overview

Program Overview

MS Program 

UCSF MS program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education every 10 years (the last one was in 2011). Full-time students in the OEH-NP track can complete MS requirements in two years. Upon graduation, OEH-NP students are eligible to apply for State Board of Registered Nursing NP role certification, and for national certification through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Commission), or the Program Director/Principal Investigator (Balmes, John, R) Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. After satisfying additional work time requirements, they are eligible to apply for OHN specialty certification (COHN-S) through the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses.

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program Curriculum 

Table B. OEHN Curriculum (Total 82.5 quarter units, UCSF is on the quarter system) 

OEHN Core Coursework (24 units) 

Occupational Health & Diverse Worker Populations (meets socio-cultural course requirment) - 2 units
Issues in Occupational Health - 1 unit
Management of Clinical Occupational Health Problems - 2 units 
Industrial Toxicology (School of Medicine course) - 2 units
Ergonomics - 6 quarter units (UC Berkeley semester course) 
Health and Safety Hazards of the Workplace - 3 units 
N414.02 A/B
OEHN Role and Program Planning (meets evidence-based project planning requirment) - 3 units 
Occupational Safety - 2 units 
Principles and Methods of Epidemiology - 3 units 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Core Coursework (47.5 units) 

Didactic courses (28.5 units): 

Assessment and Management of Common Psychiatric Symptoms - 2 units
Advanced Health Assessment - 2 units 
Advanced Pathophysiology - 2 units 
Paliative Care - 1 unit 
AGPCNP Seminar: Clinical Prevention and Population Health - 1 unit 
Essentials of Pharmacology Across the Lifespan - 1 unit 
Advanced of Pharmacology Across the Lifespan - 4 units 
Symptom Assessment and Management - 3 units 
AGPCNP Seminar: Episodic Care - 1 unit 
Complex Health Problems & Management - 3 units
Seminar in Adult-Gero Complex Health Problems - 1 unit
Seminar in Adult-Gero Complex Health Problems - 2 units 
Nutrition - 2 units 
Contraception andf Sexual/Reproductive Health - 1-2 units
Inter-professional Counseling for Behavior Change Workshop - 0.5 unit
Essentials of Human Genomics for Nurses - 1 unit 

Clinical practical and residencies (19 units): 

AGPCNP Advanced Health Assessment Skills Lab - 1 unit 
AGPCNP Advanced Health Assessment Practicum - 1 unit 
AGPCNP Well Health Clinical Practicum - 2 units 
AGPCNP Episodic Care Residency - 1.5 units 
AGPCNP Primary Care Reseidency - 13.5 units 

SON MS Core Coursework (11 units) 

Prologue - 1 unit
Advanced Scholarship in Research, Part I - 2 units 
Advanced Scholarship in Research, Part II - 2 units
Clinical Prevention and Population Health, Part I -2 units 
Clinical Prevention and Population Health, Part II - 1 unit 
Leadership - 2 units
Epilogue - 1 unit 
**Comprehensive Examination**

Clinical Rotations & Field Experiences 

By the end of the program, in addition to the 435–480 hours spent in clinical training which includes 45 hours of Occupational Medicine, all MS students spend a minimum of 76 hours during their final quarter in an OEHN role and program planning residency (N414.02A/B), working with preceptors in a variety of settings. This placement provides experience in the operations of an onsite OEH service, with a focus on the OEHN role and case management. It complements the didactic coursework and includes the planning, implementation, and evaluation of an OEH program targeted to at-risk employees.

PhD Program

The goal of the PhD program is to prepare nurse scientists and leaders to contribute to knowledge development in the OEHN field, and to assume leadership positions in the profession. The program plan for PhD students is interdisciplinary in approach: (1) the program has cognate course requirements and students are strongly encouraged to take courses from NorCal-ERC programs; (2) the Qualifying Examination requires one faculty member from another department, preferably other NorCal ERC faculty; and (3) trainees may also participate in multidisciplinary NorCal-ERC and OEHN faculty research teams. Students are expected to produce a dissertation that is relevant to OEHN practice, and the research experience requirements of the program should also be relevant to OEHN. Students are advised to address the priority areas set by NIOSH in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) and the Research Priorities defined by the AAOHN for their dissertation research.

PhD Curriculum Plan 

The PhD program entails approximately four years of academic work. The curriculum includes core courses in nursing science (N229, N269), biostatistics (Biostat200, Biostat208), and quantitative/qualitative research design and qualitative / quantitative analysis (N209A/B, N212A/B, N285A/B or N289A/B), nursing theory (N290 or N253, N227, N221.01), two cognate courses (didactic non-nursing content related to research), and six units of advanced nursing seminars. For cognate coursework, PhD students are encouraged to take other electives (particularly higher level cognate courses such as advanced occupational epidemiology or biostatistics) offered by COEH affiliated programs or consortium universities (UCSF, UCB, Stanford, etc.) to enrich their research knowledge base and analytical skills. NIOSH trainees are required to take OEHN core courses (Table B) if they have not had relevant coursework or prior OEH experience. The OEHN PhD seminar (N240.11) qualifies as an advanced nursing seminar. The seminar is required for NIOSH trainees and is being offered jointly with Dr. Bates’ TRT interdisciplinary research seminar among trainees and faculty from UCB and UCSF.

Commitments as a COEH Trainee

COEH Trainees are expected to participate fully in their home program and are also invited to engage in COEH activities.

Trainees accepted to their respective academic program are encouraged to complete the following after discussing the requirements with the Program Director:

  •  Take required coursework specific to Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Specialization (discuss with your Program Director)
  • Commit to Interdisciplinary Education opportunities by:
    • Attending Annual Symposia
    • Taking or auditing Interdisciplinary Courses, as appropriate
    • Attending TRT Seminars, as appropriate
    • Engage in Field Visit opportunities
  • Engage in one or more scholarly research activities and consider presenting and/or publishing your work
  • Contribute at least 2 hours of service/outreach related activity (presentations, projects, outreach in the community)
  • Read COEH communications(emails) and respond when appropriate
  • In addition, COEH Trainees need to acknowledge our support from NIOSH in all current and future publications, journal articles, conference proceedings that are a result of work performed during your time as a Graduate Student. The acknowledgment should use the following language:  

“This publication (journal article, etc.) was supported by the Training Grant, T42OH008429, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."