Welcome to the Occupational Safety and Health Program at Oakland University
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health
Master of Science in Safety Management
Occupational safety and health is a specified branch of the health professions focusing on the worker/environment interface. Protecting America's workers and the general public from injury and illness in today's age of technological advancement has become one of the most challenging and rewarding professions available. Occupational safety and health professionals strive to identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards which expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm. The profession is concerned with prevention of injuries or occupational diseases that may occur with the interaction between the worker and the chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, mechanical, electrical and other forces in the work environment.
The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) program is multidisciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to basic sciences and behavioral science subjects as well as a thorough introduction to industrial hygiene and occupational safety concepts. A one-semester internship in the senior year of the program provides students with firsthand field experience in the practice of occupational safety and health. Internship placements are coordinated through the program director. Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities within industrial firms; insurance companies; construction companies; professional associations; local, state, and federal government; labor organizations; and many other occupational areas. Oakland's proximity to many of the nation's leading corporations provides a wealth of opportunities throughout the OSH curriculum, particularly for the internship and job placements.
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