Working in the high-tech TDS (Technology, Design, and Safety) Center at KSC, students learn about health and safety in the workplace, compliance with safety and environmental regulations, human resource management, and jobsite leadership. Internships put classroom knowledge into action. Students may also elect the department’s honors program.
The Science of Keeping People Safe
Take Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science to Another Level – the Master of Science Program
The M.S. in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science is designed for motivated students who are ready to engage in a personalized plan of study that shows they have the knowledge, skills and dispositions of seasoned professionals. Learn More
A Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science prepares students to protect the health and safety of workers in all kinds of situations. Designed to help students think critically, anticipate, identify, and prioritize hazards, the course of study emphasizes problem-solving, understanding cost effectiveness, developing professional and program management skills, and learning the full range of safety and environmental regulatory compliance. The program qualifies students for a range of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sector.
Protecting Those Who Mean the Most to Us
Helping to provide a safe and healthy workplace makes a real difference in the lives of families, children, communities, and our in our society as a whole. Without protection at work and the professionals who design and watch over those standards, every citizen, from a dishwasher to a surgeon to a happy child crossing a street faces preventable risks. Occupational safety and health science proves how we can keep each other out of danger, and we need professionals to implement and advance our knowledge.
Hands-On Learning that Saves Lives
The course of study is hands-on, practical, and often on-site at places where people work, live, and play. Students look at the impact of accidents and develop strategies and use education and awareness to prevent and reduce them. By applying scientific and engineering principles, students analyze processes, equipment, products, facilities, and environments to make them as safe and healthy as possible. Students also gain an understanding of regulatory authorities that govern personal and environmental safety in industry and construction. They learn how to address with ethical dilemmas, management challenges, and professional responsibilities. They also discover how to work with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), meet its compliance standards, and understand OSHA inspection procedures, citations, appeals, and the necessary record-keeping.
Real World, On-the-Job Experience
When we say “applied” in the name of our department, we mean it. A large network of companies come to our program for their best interns. Some facilities have large, highly developed safety programs, while smaller organizations allow students a closer look at supervisory and management roles. These situations offer students a chance to fuse formal study with on-the-job management experience. As one alumnus said, “One day I was an intern, and the next day I was hiring interns.”
Occupational Safety and Health focuses on helping people and also offers many job opportunities. I could go into the private sector or into government, I could travel, I could pretty much do whatever I wanted.
- Liz Velky, Safety Studies major
More Than an Academic Degree, a Valuable Skill Set
Students carry specific capabilities gained in this program throughout their lives. With the guidance and support of faculty, graduate demonstrate the ability to:
- Identify contemporary safety issues and solve applied science problems through their knowledge of mathematics and science
- Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
- Formulate or design a system process or program to meet identified outcomes.
- Communicate well and contribute toward the goals of multi-disciplinary teams.
- Understand the impact of solutions from a global and societal context.
- Reflect on personal performance to address a range of professional and ethical responsibilities.
- Acquire and apply techniques, skills, and technical-scientific tools.
Brian Fons, '95, Safety Studies
The Safety and Occupational Health major prepares students for a variety of occupational safety and health program management positions in the private and public sector.
Graduates have the capacity to pursue graduate study, participate in applied research, or transition directly into careers in loss control, risk management, organizational safety, and consulting. More about In Demand and Ready for Work
Our faculty has helped make this one of the largest safety and occupational health applied science programs in the nation. In addition to their peerless academic credentials, our professors come from a variety of private industries, large and small, corporate and entrepreneurial, and from government and regulatory agencies. Many teachers have been leaders in several of these areas. Most of all, though, they are dedicated to their students. Learn more about each one of them here. More about Faculty: Leaders in a Field Where Students are Job One
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