Occupational Health Nursing

The program in Occupational Health Nursing provides nurse practitioners with expertise in occupational safety and health, research methodology, and advanced practice nursing. Students are prepared to assess and treat primary care problems while focusing on the health care of workers. Emphasis is placed on identification of health hazards, workplace assessment, program planning and intervention, worker health promotion, and disease and injury prevention. The program is offered in collaboration with neighboring institution Simmons College. Fall and part-time study is available.

Academic Degree Programs

  • An Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner program is offered at Simmons College and leads to a Master of Science degree in Primary Health Care (Occupational Health) from Simmons College.
  • A dual degree program is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health and Simmons College and leads to a Master of Science degree in Primary Health Care (Occupational Health) from Simmons College and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health (Occupational Health) from Harvard University. In the dual degree program, courses are taken concurrently at both institutions.
  • The Doctor of Science program in occupational health at the Harvard School of Public Health is available to nurses interested in pursuing higher-level training.

Practical Training

  • Didactic training is enhanced by visits to a variety of workplaces to learn survey techniques and methods of identifying hazardous processes.
  • Industrial settings, clinics, hospital-based occupational health programs, and governmental agencies serve as sites for clinical experiences.
  • A research project is completed at sites within the clinical or industrial community.
  • The program prepares the student with the essential content needed to sit for the adult nurse practitioner and the occupational health nurse certification exams.

Program Director

Susan Duty, MSN, Sc.D
Assistant Professor; Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Programs Harvard/Simmons NIOSH ERC in Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology

Simmons College
Dept of Nursing, School for Health Studies
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-521-2096
Fax: 617-521-3045
Email: susan.duty@simmons.edu

Admissions Requirements

  • Candidates for the master’s program must have a bachelor’s degree and the equivalent of one year of recent clinical nursing experience. Nurses interested in the dual degree program must apply to and be admitted by both institutions.
  • Applicants to the doctoral program may be expected to complete the master’s degree requirements prior to being granted admission to doctoral study. Preference is given to doctoral program applicants with research experience and scientific publications.

    Please direct inquiries about the nursing programs to Susan Duty, MSN, Sc.D.