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3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369
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Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

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EHS to Master of Science in Safety Management Dual Degree

The BS-EHS to MSSM “4+1” program in the Department of Public and Environmental Wellness offers high-achieving students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were completed independently. Participants in the dual degree program can graduate with a Master of Science in Safety Management in about one calendar year after completing a BS in Environmental Health and Safety. Environmental Health and Safety majors with junior standing that have completed at least half of the major courses and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher may apply to the Graduate School for admission to the dual degree program.

Students in the dual degree program complete 10 graduate level EHS credits at undergraduate tuition rates. After receiving their BS-EHS degree, students who have maintained a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a final grade of B or higher in each of the 10-credits of graduate courses will be reclassified as a graduate student through the Graduate School. View the Master of Science in Safety Management web page for additional details.

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Curriculum

Required Courses

Major Courses 

*In lieu of EHS 1100 (3), students may substitute EHS 1000 (1) and EHS 1150 (2)

Graduate Courses

  • EHS 5000 Introduction to EHS Research (4)
  • EHS 5200 Advanced Health and Safety Administration (3)
  • EHS 5400 Risk Assessment and Loss Control (3)
Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives for the BS in Environmental Health & Safety
(Revised February 5, 2021) 

  1. Demonstrate effective technical competencies in recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace EHS risks and hazards. 
  2. Analyze, develop, and evaluate cost-effective EHS programs and safe operating procedures.
  3. Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders including labor, management, and the community to build a safe and productive organization.
  4. Apply sound design methodology in multidisciplinary areas to measure, evaluate and analyze EHS performance.
  5. Uphold professional, environmental, cultural, diverse, and ethical standards in EHS practice.
  6. Continue professional advancement through life-long learning opportunities such as graduate study and certification.
  7. Effectively apply appropriate scientific methodologies when utilizing EHS standards, regulations and codes.
  8. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  9. Demonstrate commitment to the profession through active participation in EHS organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes for the B.S. in Environmental Health & Safety
(Revised February 5, 2021) 

Baccalaureate degree students graduating from the Environmental Health and Safety program at Oakland University will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in applying concepts and creating programs related to environmental safety, compliance, and stewardship.
  2. Utilize the techniques, skills and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in written composition and oral communications.
  4. Apply science knowledge to solve problems using algebra, statistics, human physiology and anatomy, physics, chemistry, and engineering technology as it pertains to EHS practice.
  5. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  6. Identify and apply appropriate standards, regulations, codes, and best practices for hazard control and work programs.
  7. Work effectively on diverse teams or team projects.
  8. Design, conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data to provide control solutions to EHS issues.
  9. Know and demonstrate the ethical responsibilities of EHS professionals.
  10. Integrate contemporary EHS issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context.
Career Information

EHS graduates are in high demand, attracting employers from all industries, nationally and internationally. Safety professionals with  master’s degrees have higher earning potential as demonstrated by salary surveys conducted by the National Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Program Support

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Program Industry Advisory Board is composed of EHS professionals from various industries and private sectors who provide input, guidance, and support for the EHS program and its students. These members are key constituents in the continuous improvement process for the program.

Jessica Jannaman, Executive Director, EHS and Quality, Global Automotive Systems; Chair, Industry Advisory Board

Dave Andrews, CSP, ARM, Risk Manager, Amerisure

Aubrey Arain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Safety, Oakland University

Joshua Boyce, Fire Inspector, Auburn Hills Fire Department

Wendy Burkett, Director, Global Manufacturing Safety, Ford Motor Company

Kenneth Carson, Graduate Student Representative, M.S. in Safety Management

Tara Diesbourg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Safety, Oakland University

Malcom E. Dunbar, CSP, Vice President & Chief Safety Officer, Edward C. LEVY Co; past Chair, Industry Advisory Board

Patrick R. Frazee, CIH, CSP, past EHS Program Director, Oakland University; Industry Advisory Board Executive Committee; Manager (retired), Health & Safety North America, General Motors

Kathy Glodich, CSP, Senior Loss Control Consultant, Accident Fund Insurance Company; Secretary, Industry Advisory Board

Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., MBA, CSP, Senior Vice President of Safety and Security, FirstGroup America

John Hoffman, CEO, Safety Engineering Laboratories

Thomas J. Martin, CIH, CSP, Manager, Safety & Industrial Hygiene, Ramboll Environmental

Charles W. McGlothlin Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Special Instructor in the EHS Program, Oakland University

Karen McGuire, Deputy Safety Director (retired), U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)

Aaron Munoz, Managing Director, ARM Cultural Safety Consulting

Stephen Perrott, Corporate EHS Manager, Stellantis

Thomas W. Schenk, Ph.D., MPH, EHS Program Director, Oakland University; Director, Global Medical Operations and Corporate Epidemiologist (retired), General Motors

Karly St. Aubin, Undergraduate Student Representative, B.S. in EHS

Contact Us

Dr. Thomas Schenk
Assistant Professor and Director
Environmental Health and Safety
1029 Human Health Building
schenk2@oakland.edu

Academic Advising

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu