OS Curriculum - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

OS Curriculum

Curriculum for trainees will combine the formal degree requirements of the MEHS program plus additional MCOHS coursework within the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health.  Flexibility exists through electives in their plan for additional coursework based on background, interests, and goals.  OS students will complete a minimum of 41 credits.  A two-year time frame to completion is expected for full-time students.  Many students chose to use the summer term to complete their internship requirements.

Occupational Safety Core Requirements (27 cr)

SAFE 6002 – Regulatory Standards and Hazard Control (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6011 – System Safety and Loss Control Techniques (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6012 – Risk Management and Workers’ Compensation (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6101 – Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6102 – Advanced Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6201 – Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6302 – Occupational Ergonomics and Injury Management (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6401 – Environmental Safety and Legal Implications (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6821 – Organization and Administration of Safety Programs (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6997 – **Internship in Environmental Health and Safety (3.0 cr)

**Plan C requires 33 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required. Capstone Project: The Plan C capstone internship project requires a student to apply knowledge and skills acquired from the coursework and demonstrate their mastery of occupational safety-related material and concepts, with a public health perspective (such as considering health effects, public health intervention, etc.), in identifying and addressing a particular concern. The project is part of a minimum six-week cooperative internship conducted in an industrial, government, or other organization having an established safety project or in the process of implementing a safety project. A daily work log, written evaluation by the internship supervisor, a two-page executive summary of the project and an oral presentation are required.

Occupational Safety Elective Requirements (3 cr)

Take one or more courses from the following:

IE 5315 – Organizational Control Methods (3.0 cr)
IE 5325 – Advanced Engineering Economics (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6051 – Construction Safety (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6211 – Transportation Safety (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6212 – Noise Control Engineering (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6213 – Principles of Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6291 – Independent Study in Industrial Safety (1.0 – 3.0 cr)
SAFE 6295 – Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0 – 3.0 cr)
SAFE 6301 – Occupational Biomechanics and Work Physiology (3.0 cr)

Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health Interdisciplinary Core Requirements (8 credits)

PubH 8120 – Occupational Health & Safety Research Seminar 1.0 cr (2 semesters)
PubH 6150 – Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Occupational Health & Safety Field Problems (3.0 cr)
PubH 6170 – Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety (3.0 cr)

OS trainees perform community-based coursework and assignments for practical experience, often hosted on alumni worksites or on the University campus. During these experiences, they collaborate with management and employee groups to identify hazards, organizational factors, and safety challenges in diverse workplaces, and learn approaches to address issues and improve workplace safety.

Trainees also participate in student activities and site tours in parallel with related coursework to reinforce materials taught in the class. Most activities are guided by experienced safety professionals, who not only provide technical expertise, but also professional guidance and mentorship opportunities. In addition to OS specific activities, joint visits with all MCOHS trainees also occur. The interaction also serves to strengthen our industry relationships and network