Public Health - 5-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health in Occupational Safety and Health

The 3+2 Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Masters in Public Health in Occupational Safety and Health is more than a means to produce next-level OSH experts. It will deliver a graduate who can not only immediately impact workplace health and safety, but also deliver someone with a well-rounded understanding of the specific roles that Occupational Safety and Health play in medicine, nursing, population health, and other health professions.

The undergraduate component of the 3+2 program is based on a philosophy of workplace health promotion and proactive prevention of illness, to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities through education and program intervention. The BSPH discipline focuses on four areas:  

  • the multiple determinants of health, including biological, environmental, sociocultural, health service, and economic factors,
  • identification of scientific data, tools of informatics, and other information for identifying factors that both foster and hinder the health and well-being of individuals and communities,
  • addressing major local, state, national, and global health challenges, and
  • designing public health approaches and interventions that improve health outcomes, population health, and well-being.

The MPH in Occupational Safety and Health focuses on evaluating and providing interventions to reduce risk of injury and illness using ergonomics, human factors, and wellness for future, current and past workers. 

The MPH in Occupational Safety and Health prepares students to: 

  • Evaluate occupational health risk in work settings.
  • Implement theoretical models relevant to Occupational Health risk evaluation in the lab or field.
  • Appraise experimental designs to appropriately address specific research questions in the field of Occupational Health.
  • Synthesize knowledge of analytical techniques with theoretical models in Occupational Health to solve field problems.
  • Develop and defend research plans appropriate for industrial or academic audience.

The graduate MPH component is a non-thesis degree program with culminating experiences as part of the degree requirements. Students will participate in a practicum demonstrating overall public health problem solving skills and complete a rigorous capstone class.

The coursework for this program will qualify students to be able to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.