PHLP: Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing (POHN Online + campus visit(s)) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
PHLP: Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing (POHN Online + campus visit(s))

Overview of PHLP Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing (POHN Online + campus visit(s))

Program Focus

This is an academic program of graduate study entailing 11-12 credits in coursework specially developed for distance education. All credits earned are completely transferable 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 and successfully complete this program while only traveling to campus once for eight days. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Occupational Health Nursing Certificate partner page for additional information.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
12
11 or 12
Expected Duration:
1 yr
Learning Environment:
Online + campus visit(s)
Application Cycle:
Fall; Spring
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 11/1/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 1/6/2014 - 5/1/2014. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
November 4, 2014
You may apply for spring 2014 admission between 9/1/2013 - 11/1/2013, and fall 2014 admission between 1/6/2014 - 5/1/2014. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
RNs who wish to strengthen their knowledge and expertise of occupational health wherever they may practice - in the U.S. and/or internationally.
Applications Received:
~10
Applicants Admitted:
~10
Enrolled Student Demographics:
School-wide demographics:
  • 70% / 30% female to male
  • 38% minority, including 20% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 10% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~5
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-10

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~475 per credit hour
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~1,300 per credit hour
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
None available.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Current RN licensure. Most students will have a BSN or higher. Applicants with Associate's degree or certification in their field and experience comparable to RN may be considered.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
School-wide: On average, incoming students had 77th percentile verbal and 65th percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
School-wide: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.5
Letters of Recommendation Required:
2 (academic and/or professional; at least one academic)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
Yes
At least 2 years nursing experience is required. Experience in occupational health nursing or in occupational health and safety is preferred, but public health nursing, emergency nursing, or a related field may also be considered.
Visit Opportunities:

Interested students are welcome to attend our School-wide open house.

During the Program

Required Courses:

  • PHNU 781 Occupational Health Nursing I: Occupational Health Assessment | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/phnu781_syllabus_2014_fall.pdf
  • 3 of the following electives:
    • ENVR 423 Industrial Medicine and Toxicology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/4231.doc
    • ENVR 432 Occupational Safety and Ergonomics | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/432.doc
    • PHNU 787 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/phnu787_syllabus_2014_fall.pdf
    • PHNU 785 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/phnu785_syllabus_2014_spring.pdf
    • EPID 600 Principles of Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/sample_schedule_epid600_classroom.pdf

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
None required
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Not required
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

NOTE: Certificate students don’t have opportunity for global study outside courses comprising program.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Manager of Occupational Health Services; Occupational Health Nurse; Senior Associate I; Wellness Care Management RN
Example Job Responsibilities:
Develop Occupational Health services; develop health promotion and protection programs; implement health surveillance programs
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

Susan Randolph
Clinical Assistant Professor
(919) 966-0979
Rm 337 1700 Airport Rd
CB 7502
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7502
USA