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Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences

SAFE601 Current Issues in Safety

This course examines promotion and management of occupational safety. Globalization, epidemics, foreign workers, and more will be considered. Computer searches, literature reviews, periodicals, and other methods will be used to illustrate the remarkable pathway that occupational safety has taken. Basic research methods are used to enhance the discovery process.

SAFE602 Best Practices in Safety

Participants research and define best practices of the safety process and explore how programs are developed, implemented, assessed, and modified. Organizations recognized with awards for their excellence by private and governmental agencies are used as case studies to facilitate learning and understand relationships of best practices and beneficial stakeholder outcomes.

SAFE603 Applied Occupational Health

This course is designed to provide practical knowledge for safety professionals. This course will examine historic examples of occupational diseases and develop an understanding of exposure assessment techniques in today's workplace. Course discussion and instructional assignments provide students knowledge and skills to manage illness risks in Safety and Health Programs.

SAFE604 Leading Safety Change

What defines leadership, and what about change, can you be a leader without change? This reflective course will study leadership and change concepts by surveying literature, analysis tools, models, and case studies to tease out leadership and change concepts that effectively enhance employee health and safety systems within organizations.

SAFE605 Safety Management Systems

Surveys leading international safety and environmental management systems, including ISO 14000. Focus on requirements of management systems to identify and implement strategies in organizations. Integration of EMS and SMS is emphasized: management, document control, training, and corrective actions. Students will learn to move organizations beyond basic compliance to innovative performance.

SAFE610 Risk and Safety

Introduction to scholarly based risk literature in occupational and environmental health. Students learn basic risk concepts and critically evaluate quantitative risk assessment (QRA). The class will examine the interplay of science and policy, especially how scientific uncertainty can become controversial. An innovative decision-making processes will be reviewed.

SAFE620 Legal and Ethical Issues

Ethical and legal issues faced by safety professionals. Students evaluate issues in terms of their own value system and prudent practices. Case studies and anecdotal presentations examine issues and prepare students for roles in actions such as litigation and worker's compensation claims as well as various court hearings and trials.

SAFE655 Advanced Safety Research

Familiarizes students with strategies for identifying, analyzing, and evaluating safety research. Examines advanced concepts in qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques commonly used in safety research. Explores research design in preparation for their Capstone experience. Prerequisite: Take SAFE 601, SAFE 602, SAFE 603, SAFE 604, SAFE 605, SAFE 610, and SAFE 620 OR maybe taken with one other SAFE course with permission of the SOHAS Program Coordinator. Spring.

SAFE695 Graduate Practicum

The practicum course experience serves as a central component of our degree program. Prior to the practicum, you will complete core courses in the degree program. Your practicum experience provides you with an opportunity to translate classroom theory into practice in a workplace environment. Prerequisites: Take SAFE 655 and permission of the SOHAS Graduate Program Coordinator.

SAFE696 Applied Safety Research

Collection and interpretation of data to produce an applied research project for individual students in consultation with their professor. Emphasis on reviewing interconnected data for interpreting research results and applying that research to contemporary safety issues. Students complete a written project based upon their research. Prerequisite: Take SAFE 655 and permission of the SOHAS Graduate Program Coordinator. Summer.

SAFE698 Independent Study

1-4 credits

Advanced individualized study in an area of safety not normally available in the curriculum. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor. Fall, Spring.

SAFE699 Thesis

Students pursue safety as a profession. Technical, theoretical, and historical aspects of the discipline are studied in an inventive and interconnected manner, with an emphasis on developing cogent and comprehensive safety knowledge rooted in critical thinking. Students are expected to bring their knowledge and critical capacity to bear. Prerequisite: Take SAFE 655 and permission of the SOHAS Graduate Program Coordinator.