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Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing



Former OEHN doctoral student Maggie Stedman-Smith, MPH-MS and faculty member Pat McGovern pictured with co-researchers and their children in a focus group assessing perceived pesticide exposures on the White Earth Reservation (main image). Dr Stedman Smith is an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health, Kent State University, Ohio . She teaches qualitative public health research methods to doctoral students and two environmental health sciences core courses, along with an undergraduate environmental health course. Her research addresses workplace hand hygiene and environmental health disparities and environmental justice.

Introduction to the Program

Pat McGovern, PhD, MPH, RN, Program Director and Professor
Debra Olson, DNP, Associate Dean and Professor

The Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program prepares future leaders dedicated to the health and safety of people at work, their families, and the general community environment. Graduates work in a variety of settings-- business, industry, health care and public health--to develop, manage and evaluate health services, programs, and policies designed to promote health and prevent work-related injuries and disease. Doctorally prepared graduates work in universities, and public and private institutions to conduct research and educate future generations of occupational and environmental health professionals and educators.

The degree options for this program are a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health. Learn more about the degrees.

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