Online Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety (OHSQ) 2016-17

Program Description:  Designed for working professionals, our on-line degree program lets you earn your degree while you continue in your career. The MPH Occupational Health & Safety studies the links between the occupational environment and worker health, studying all aspects of this process from initial exposure to toxicant action to science-based policy development. We train students to recognize and assess exposures, determine the toxicity risk to workers, and develop strategies and management policies for the prevention of injury and disease.  The mandatory internship may be conducted at the professional's workplace, but the activities during the internship must be differentiated from routine work activities and be properly supervised and documented.   

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Discuss worker health, safety, and compensation laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a managerial perspective of occupational disease hazards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of controlling workplace risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of occupational safety and health theory and practice.
  • Describe critical factors of exposure assessment studies.
  • Explain how environmental factors impact human health.
  • Specify approaches for assessing environmental hazards.
  • Employ risk assessment approaches.
  • Describe regulatory programs and agencies that influence environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Explain how environmental justice impacts health.
  • Communicate scientific information in public and professional venues.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:  In addition to the MPH core requirements and 3 - 6 hours of SOPH required courses, students take 19 hours of Occupational Health & Safety track and elective courses and a 3 hour internship for a minimum of 42 credit hours.