Occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals work to keep people safe and healthy while on the job. This is done by recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards. OHS professionals also design and manage safety programs, investigate workplace accidents, and provide safety training to employees.

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Prepare the Way

Do you want to promote health and safety in the workplace? With a degree in Occupational Safety and Health, you will be able to prevent accident, injury, and damages to property. This requires critical thinking, teamwork, and communication. You will learn policies, enforcement techniques, safety measures, and how to analyze potential hazards in the workplace.

Our alumni are employed in many industries, including energy, transportation, retail, entertainment, hospitality, and healthcare. Their different work environments include offices, hospitals, factories, mines, and laboratories. Most OHS professionals work in the private sector (for a company) or are employed in government, academia, or consulting.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Occupational Safety and Health have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Safety Manager

A safety manager oversees an organization's safety protocols and regulations and ensures the organization is meeting federal, state, and local regulations. They often provide training, inspect work environments to confirm compliance with safety procedures.

Safety & Health Specialist

Health and safety specialists inspect organization's safety procedures, investigate workplace accidents, help with training, and create safety procedures to improve workplace safety.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 39 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Occupational Safety and Health is right for you, take the following classes first:


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