Dr. Gary Morris

Courses Taught at Murray State:

OSH 100T Transitions
OSH 192 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
OSH 299 Professional Development
OSH 301 Product Liability
OSH 310 Fire & Emergency Preparedness Preplanning
OSH 330/630 Global Issues in Occupational Safety and Health
OSH 371 Professional Internship II
OSH 420 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene
OSH 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
OSH 511 Hazardous Waste Site Operations
OSH 527/627 Air Contaminants & Industrial Ventilation
OSH 546/646 Fundamentals of Risk Management
OSH 571 Problems in Safety and Health
OSH 550 Safety and Health Program Management and Training
OSH 591 Engineering & Technical Aspects of Safety
OSH 680 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Safety and Health


B.S., Occupational Safety and Health, Murray State University, KY
M.S., Environmental Health, Old Dominion, VA
Ph.D., Health Sciences, Old Dominion, VA
Graduate Certificate in Biometrics/Identity Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:

-Dr. Morris graduated from Murray State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering and received a direct commission into the United States Navy in 1991.
-In January 1993, he reported to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as the Assistant Safety Officer. As the first IHO to be stationed on the GEORGE WASHINGTON, he developed a baseline IH survey, which was used as a template for Nimitz class carriers.
-In July 1995, he reported to Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA), Norfolk as the Safety Officer. As the first IH stationed at a SIMA, he established safety and environmental programs to meet state, local and federal requirements. During this tour, he earned his Master of Science degree in Environmental Health while attending evening classes at Old Dominion University.
-In August 1998, he was selected for Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) to obtain his Doctoral degree in Health Services.
-In 2003, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Health Services from Old Dominion University.
-In August 2001, Dr. Morris reported to President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) as the lead NAVOSH inspector. He was responsible for assessing NAVOSH and Environmental programs for afloat forces. During this tour, he passed his board exams and became board certified in the comprehensive practice of Occupational Safety and Health Engineering.
-In August 2004, Dr. Morris reported to the Uniformed Services University as an Assistant Professor in the Preventive Medicine and Biometrics Department.
During his tour, he was the course director for the following courses: PMO 540 Environmental Health; PMO 555 Industrial Ventilation; PMO 553 IH Field Studies; and PMO 631 EOH Journal Club.
-In August 2007, Dr. Morris reported to the OPNAV staff as an action officer for medical planning and CBRNE issues. Within six months he was promoted to the Deputy Branch Head position for Antiterrorism for the Chief of Naval Operations. He was responsible for developing Navy policy for antiterrorism, pandemic influenza and physical security.
-In May 2009, Dr. Morris reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Engineering, Installations and Environment) as the Special Assistant for Safety and Industrial Hygiene. His main duties were developing policy, providing oversight and guidance on safety and health programs for the Department of the Navy.

Contact Information:

Office Address: 148 Industry and Technology Center
Office Phone: 270.809.2473
Office Fax: 270.809.3630
Email: gmorris1@murraystate.edu