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School of Health Sciences
Environmental Health and Safety

Charles McGlothlin, Program Director
Phone: (248) 364-8651

BS in Environmental Health and Safety


The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety curriculum spans the basic sciences, applied safety sciences and management principals essential for success as a safety professional. This degree is available both online and on campus.

View a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety.
Click the link to learn more about the Experiential Learning component of the EHS program.

Grade point policy
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) majors must achieve minimum course grades of 2.0 in science core prerequisite courses and minimum 2.5 in required EHS courses. 

Major Course Descriptions
The program offers selected courses from the catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty. Specific offerings for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes.
What is EHS?
Environmental Health and Safety 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. Environmental  Health and Safety 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 Environmental  Health and Safety (EHS) 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 e nvironmental h ealth and safety. 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 EHS curriculum, particularly for the internship and job placements.

For information on average salary of e nvironmental h ealth and safety professionals visit the  Salary Survey by the American Society of Safety Engineers. The report looks at average salary based on on education level and certification type, as well as other characteristics.
& Objectives
Oakland University has a three-fold mission. It offers instructional programs of high quality that lead to degrees at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels as well as programs in continuing education; it advances knowledge and promotes the arts through research, scholarship and creative activity; and it renders significant public service. In all its activities, the university strives to exemplify educational leadership.

The Environmental Health and Safety program contributes to the institution’s mission by offering a high-quality baccalaureate degree that meets the educational outcomes-based criteria established by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association for a Bachelor of Science degree in the EHS career field. The educational objectives of the Environmental Health and Safety program are to prepare graduates to become effective safety and health professionals. During their first five years after graduation, graduates will demonstrate abilities to:
  1. Demonstrate excellent technical capabilities in evaluating & controlling environmental/ workplace hazardous conditions and practices.
  2. Effectively analyze & develop cost effective safe operating procedures and EHS programs.
  3. Work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, managers and citizens in building a safe productive organization and community.
  4. Be responsible citizens and effectively work with labor & mgt. in addressing workplace EHS issues.
  5. Apply sound design methodology in multidisciplinary areas to measure, evaluate and analyze EHS performance.
  6. Uphold professional, environmental, cultural, diversity, ethical standards and contemporary knowledge in EHS practice.
  7. Continue their professional advancement through life-long learning.
  8. Enhance the community through civic responsibility and the promotion of economic development.
  9. Competently use mathematical methods, engineering analysis and computations, and measurement and instrumentation techniques for compliance to EHS standards, regulations & codes.
  10. Practice effective oral and written communication skills.
  11. Demonstrate Leadership in the Profession by active participation in EHS organizations.
In addition to providing a high-quality educational experience, the Environmental Health and Safety program renders significant service to employers in southeast Michigan through cooperative education programs, internships and other experiential learning activities that enhance student learning and support area employers’ needs for health and safety services. The students in OU's EHS program have chartered a Student Section of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the ASSE and carry out community and campus safety-related public service projects as a regular part of their ASSE Student Section activities.
Baccalaureate degree students graduating from the Environmental Health and Safety program at Oakland University will demonstrate ability to:
  1. Enter the industrial health and safety profession as a generalist with the skills necessary for success;
  2. Use the techniques, skills and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice;
  3. Be proficient in written composition and oral communications;
  4. Apply knowledge of mathematics and science to analyze and interpret data necessary to resolve safety and health related issues;
  5. Anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices;
  6. Formulate hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs;
  7. Function on multidisciplinary teams;
  8. Recognize the impact of solutions within a global and societal context;
  9. Understand ethical and professional responsibility;
  10. Pursue successfully graduate study in health and safety; and
  11. Appreciate the need to continue professional development through graduate study, professional certification and to become lifelong learners.
in EHS
The following is an excerpt taken from the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) website.

Since safety professionals provide technical assistance in identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards, safety professionals work virtually anywhere where people might be exposed to hazards. There are positions for safety professionals in every part of the United States and in other countries.

No matter what a company’s business is, its employees can encounter some type of hazard, either at work, getting to and from work or at home or play. Even working at a computer terminal can be hazardous, producing long-term injuries to the hand and wrist, back or other parts of the body. Whether a company does manufacturing, mining, transportation, agriculture, chemicals, fuels production, construction, or provides services, it will always face hazards in some or all of its operations. It is likely that the company would employ or contract with one or more safety professionals.

It is common for companies to employ safety professionals at particular work sites. At corporate offices, safety professionals can coordinate the hazard control activities away from the work sites. Some college graduates in safety begin as Assistant Safety Managers at small plants or company work sites. After a period of training and successful performance, the graduates may advance to Safety Director at a small plant. Later, they may advance to similar positions at larger facilities.