The CARERC program in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program serves to
Trainees enroll at an institution highly respected for its leadership in nursing education. The University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing PhD program is ranked 9th in the nation by the National Research Council (2010) and 17th in faculty scholarship out of 111 private and public PhD programs in nursing (2009 Academic Analytics, LCC Report). The UK College of Nursing Graduate Program is tied at 21st among graduate schools of nursing according to U.S. News & World Report (America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012).
The OEHN program is led by Deborah B. Reed, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAOHN, Distinguished Service Professor and Good Samaritan Endowed Chair, UK College of Nursing. Dr. Reed was appointed a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses in 2013 and serves on the Editorial Board of Workplace Health and Safety. Through her affiliation with the NIOSH-funded Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, Dr. Reed also leads the 5-year, multi-site project Nurses Utilizing Research, Service and Education in Applied Practice (NURSE AP).
Dr. Ellen Hahn, Deputy Director of the OEHN program, was appointed a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses in 2011. She directs the UK Clean Indoor Air Partnership (CIAP), a community engagement and dissemination research center with more than 80 community partners, as well as the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP).
Additional research interests abound within the UK College of Nursing, making it an incubator for new initiatives. For example, the Research and Interventions for Cardiovascular Health Program (RICH Heart) led by Drs. Debra Moser and Terry Lennie, is renowned for its research and mentoring of PhD nurse scholars. The Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease focuses on building interdisciplinary research.
In addition to the distinguished leadership of Drs. Reed and Hahn et al., the OEHN program is enriched by the experience and skills of additional supporting faculty members at not only the University of Kentucky but also East Tennessee State University and other regional institutions. These include, but are not limited to
Program Entry. Students may enter the PhD program of study via one of two paths: the traditional post MSN and the BSN-PhD. Course work of MSN students can be completed in 2 years of full-time study. Course work for the BSN-PhD option can be completed in 3 years of full-time study. The doctoral study program is planned individually with each student in consultation with a faculty mentor assigned upon admission by matching student interest with faculty research. Learning experience covers nursing philosophy and theory development, research methods, statistics, and individualized cognates based on student research interest.
|CPH 620||Occupational Health|
|CPH 699||Pro seminar in Occupational Safety and Health|
|CPH 698||Occupational Safety and Health Field Surveys|
|NUR 760||OEHN I: Principles and Practice|
|NUR 761||OEHN II: Research and Policy|
|Philosophy and Theory|
|NUR 770 or PHI 560||Philosophy of Scientific Method|
|NUR 778||Pro Seminar in Contemporary Health & Nursing Policy Issues|
|NUR 790||Knowledge Development in Nursing|
|NUR 771||Research Residency|
|NUR 779||Doctoral Seminar (repeated for a total of three semesters)|
|NUR 791||Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research|
|NUR 792||Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research|
|NUR 793||Measurement of Nursing Phenomena|
|NUR 794||Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation of Quantitative Data|
|STA 570||Basic Statistical Analysis|
|STA 671||Regression and Correlation|
|STA 672||Design and Analysis of Experiments|
Requirements for admission include a baccalaureate or Master’s degree from an accredited National League for Nursing or CCNE program, 3 references and 2 faculty interviews, a goal statement, and admission to the UK Graduate School. Selection is made by the PhD committee. For OEHN PhD applicants, the interviews are conducted by two members of the OEHN faculty.
NIOSH funds are used to support up to 3 PhD trainees each year; e.g., tuition and health insurance, limited stipends (full-time students only), and travel for scientific and professional conferences and research and training opportunities.
For more information contact
Deborah B. Reed, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAOHN
Distinguished Service Professor and Good Samaritan Endowed Chair
University of Kentucky
College of Nursing
Room 553 CON Building
Lexington, KY 40536-0232