Occupational Health and Safety

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The master of science degree program in Occupational Health and Safety provides a special emphasis on industrial safety and hygiene.

Specific courses include industrial safety, industrial hygiene, fire safety, ergonomics, and other optional health and safety courses.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Industrial/manufacturing Safety and Health manager, Federal OSHA or Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) inspector, risk management, safety/health manager for school, medical facility, or industry, health and safety consultant.

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians, also known as safety and health professionals or occupational health and safety inspectors, help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public. For example, they might design safe work spaces, inspect machines, or test air quality. In addition to making workers safer, specialists and technicians aim to increase worker productivity by reducing absenteeism and equipment downtime-and to save money by lowering insurance premiums and workers' compensation payments, and preventing government fines. Some specialists and technicians work for governments, conducting safety inspections and imposing fines. Occupational health and safety specialists analyze work environments and design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury. They look for chemical, physical, radiological, and biological hazards, and they work to make more equipment ergonomic-designed to promote proper body positioning, increase worker comfort, and decrease fatigue. Specialists may conduct inspections and inform an organization's management of areas not in compliance with State and Federal laws or employer policies. They also advise management on the cost and effectiveness of safety and health programs. Some provide training on new regulations and policies or on how to recognize hazards.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 30 semester hours for a master of science degree including a thesis. or 36 semester hours for the non-thesis option

DEPARTMENT: Engineering Technologies and Industrial Studies

CONTACT: Dr. Carol Boraiko; Box 19 MTSU 615-898-2106

For more information visit:
National Environmental Health Association
MTSU Department of Engineering Technology