Marjorie C. McCullagh, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN

Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 3182 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-3450
Fax: (734) 647-0351
Marjorie McCullagh is accepting new PhD students.


  • Community/public/population health
  • Health behavior
  • Worker health and safety
  • Occupational health
  • Randomly-controlled trials

Workers are exposed to a variety of toxic materials and substances as part of their work. These exposures are prevalent in America, and result in heavy social and economic burdens on families and communities. There are few programs to control these exposures, and fewer yet have been tested. The aim of Dr. Marjorie McCullagh’s program of research is to promote health among workers by eliminating work-related toxic exposures. This work is primarily focused on toxic noise exposure and its multiple negative health effects among farm operators and farm and rural youth. Watch a University of Michigan video about Dr. McCullagh's work. 

She has worked to understand how farmers and workers get information about their health and safety and developed and validated instruments to measure hearing protector use and related attitudes. In doing so, she has developed successful strategies for high subject enrollment and retention, and established strong interdisciplinary partnership in efforts to address important health issues. These include work with such fields as sociology, health communications and behavior, audiology, agronomy, web design, social work, demography, and applied statistics. 

Dr. McCullagh also serves a director of The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE), which is a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC)

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • University of Michigan Education and Research Center, NIOSH T42, Director
  • Test of hearing health education programs for farm and rural youth, NIH/NIDCD R01, PI


Dr. McCullagh is experienced in teaching nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in both didactic and clinical settings. Her methods accommodate learners from a wide range of learning styles, and include a high level of student-teacher interaction. Dr. McCullagh employs a variety of teaching-learning methods, including case study analyses, videos, gaming, and web-based technologies in both face-to-face and distance learning formats. Course teaching focuses on population-focused nursing (e.g., Population-Focused Assessment, Health Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation), core graduate nursing curriculum (e.g., Nursing Theory in Advanced Practice), and specialty-focused (e.g., Issues in Occupational Health Nursing). 

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 1996-present (Health-Seeking Behavior Research Section, Co-Chair, 1999-2000; Chair, 2000-2001; Membership Committee member, 2001-2010; Membership committee chair, 2003-05, 2005-07, 2007-present; Pre-conference Planning Committee Member, 2002-2003; Scientific Session Moderator, 2000, 2002; Scientific Program Reviewer, 2010-present
  • Member, University of Michigan Health System Nursing Health and Safety Council, 2008-present
  • Member, North Dakota Department of Health Public Health Emergency Reserve/Medical Reserve Corps, 2004-present
  • Member, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 1997-present
  • Member, American Public Health Association, 1997-present
  • Staff, American National Red Cross, Disaster Health Services, 1978-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2018)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2015)
  • Fellow, American Association of Occupational Health Nursing (2014)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rho Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Research Award (2014)


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999
  • MS, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1986
  • BS, State University of New York, Albany, NY, 1977

Publication Highlights

  • Lusk, S.L.; McCullagh, M.C.; Dickson, V.V.; Xu, J. (2017). Reduce noise: Improve the nation’s health. Nursing Outlook (65)5, 652–656.

  • West, CA; Harlow, S.; Park, SK; Bingham, CR; McCullagh, MC; Andrew, ME. (2017). On-duty non-fatal injury that lead to work absences among police officers and level of perceived stress. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. DOI 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001137.

  • Chatdokmaiprai, K.; Kalampakorn, S.; Lagampan, S.; Keeratiwiriyaporn, S.; McCullagh, M.C. (2017). Factors predicting the provision of smoking cessation services among occupational health nurses in Thailand. Workplace Safety & Health, 65: 253-261.

  • Friese, CR; Mendelsohn-Victor, K.; Ginex, P.; McMahon, CC; Fauer, AJ; McCullagh, M.C. (2017). Lessons learned from a practice-based, multi-site intervention study with nurse participants. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

  • He, B.Y.; Mendelsohn-Victor, K.;.McCullagh, M.C.; Friese, C.R. (2017). Personal protective equipment use and hazardous drug spills among ambulatory oncology nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(1):60-65.

  • Lusk, S. L., McCullagh, M. C., Dickson, V. V., & Xu, J. (2016). Position statement: harmful effects of environmental noise exposures. Nursing Outlook, 64(4), 395-396. doi:

  • McCullagh, M.C., Banerjee, T., Yang, J.J., Bernick, J., Duffy, S.A., Redman, R. (2016) Gender differences in use of hearing protection devices among farm operators. Noise and Health, 18(85):368-375. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.195803.

  • McCullagh, M.C., Banerjee, T., Cohen, M.A., & Yang, J.J. (2016). Effects of interventions on use of hearing protectors among farm operators: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Audiology, 55 (Suppl 1):S3-S12. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1122239. PubMed PMID: 26766172; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4740201.

  • Friese, C., McCullagh, M.C. (2016). Personal protective equipment use and hazardous drug spills among ambulatory oncology nurses: Results from a mailed survey. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (Manuscript accepted for publication)

  • Lori, J.; McCullagh, M.C.; Krueger, A.; Oteng, R. (2016). Sharps injuries among emergency department nurses in one tertiary care hospital Ghana. International Emergency Nursing. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2015.11.007

  • Rosemberg, M.A.; Lawerance, V.; McCullagh, M.C. (2016). Significant associative factors for hypertension among new us immigrants: An exploration of the 2003 New Immigrant Survey (NIS) data. Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing. Manuscript accepted for publication.

  • McCullagh, M.C., Banerjee, T., & Yang, J.J. (2015). Protocol of a test of hearing health education programs for farm and rural youth. BMC Public Health, 15(1): 393. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2393-y.

  • Geun, H.G.; McCullagh, M.C.; Redman, R. (2015). Predictors of turnover among Asian foreign-educated nurses in their first year of US employment. Journal of Nursing Administration: 46(5), 271-277. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000342

  • Sanon, M.A., Mohammed, S., & McCullagh, M.C. (2015). Definition and management of hypertension among Haitian immigrants: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25, 3, 1067-1078.