The UCLA School of Nursing offers a two-year course of graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.). The curriculum is designed for students to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge of the foundations for specialized practice in Occupational and Environmental Health, as well as an opportunity to implement that knowledge through advanced clinical practice.
The primary aim of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program within the M.S.N. program at UCLA is to develop advanced practice nurses with an extensive body of occupational health and safety knowledge and a high level of competence in the area of worker health. In their practice, Occupational and Environmental Health Nurses use logic and reason distinguished by intellectual curiosity and individual creativity. Advanced practice nurses in occupational and environmental health apply multidisciplinary theories, including nursing, biologic, behavioral, management, and organization theories as well as content in industrial hygiene and safety to develop, implement, and evaluate models of worker health and quality of occupational health and safety services. They are able to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, manage, and evaluate the care of workers and their families and communities from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Students elect to do an Occupational and Environmental Health Specialty in one of two areas: