Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

On Campus Graduate Program Coordinator: Bassam H. Atieh

Accredited by:
Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (ANSAC/ABET), http://www.abet.org

Advance your career

The graduate program in Occupational Safety and Health will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields based on your concentration of study. Complete your degree in 30 credit hours with thesis and non-thesis options.

Choose your concentration:

  • Safety management concentration
  • Industrial hygiene concentration
  • Environmental concentration

Competitive tuition

Murray State University offers competitive tuition rates and has been named "Best Bang for the Buck" by Washington Monthly.

Admission requirements

Meet the Murray State University admission requirements.

Must have a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health, or a related field, and/or complete a core of 15 credit (semester) hours of undergraduate work.

Unconditional admission

  • Baccalaureate degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher

Conditional admission

Conditional Admission status is granted to students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, regardless of undergraduate baccalaureate degree field of major. To change to Unconditional status, you must meet the university requirement of obtaining a 3.00 in the first nine hours of graduate work and additional criteria set forth by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

Students admitted from a different undergraduate field/discipline must complete the following course work in addition to the above GPA requirements. Undergraduate course work is required in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

The following courses are the minimum accepted requirements for pursuing a master’s degree in occupational safety and health.

  • BIO 101
  • CHE 105
  • MAT 130, or 140 and 145, or 150
  • PHY 125 and 126
  • Students must also complete 15 prerequisite credit hours in Occupational Safety and Health and pass these courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Undergraduate prerequisites

Course Hours
Total prerequisites 15
  • OSH 192 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 353 Prevent. of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace (3) OR OSH 453 Human Factors in Safety Engineering
  • OSH 387 OSH Standards (3)
  • OSH 420 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (3)
 
Select 1 course based on concentration 3
  • Safety Management: OSH 384 Construction Safety (3)
  • Industrial Hygiene: OSH 425 Physical Agents (3)
  • Environmental: OSH 320 Environmental and Occupational Health Engineering Tech. (3)
 

Curriculum

Curriculum - Safety management concentration

Course Hours
Total curriculum 30
Technical requirements 18
  • OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program Development (3)
  • OSH 623 Occupational Diseases (3)
  • OSH 626 Industrial Hygiene Sampling Strategies (3)
  • OSH 630 Global Issues in Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 636 Transportation Management (3)
  • OSH 637 Biostatistics and Probability (3)
  • OSH 640 Safety and Health Program Management and Training (3)
  • OSH 644 Graduate Cooperative Education OR an Approved Elective with Prior Safety Internship or Equivalent
  • OSH 645 Loss Control Management and Measurement (3)
  • OSH 646 Fundamentals of Risk Management (3)
  • OSH 654 Advanced Safety and Health Management and Administration (3)
  • OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 656 Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3)
  • OSH 657 Current Literature and Research in Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 658 Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology (3)
  • OSH 680 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 697 Research in Environmental Health and Safety (3)
  • OSH 698-699 Thesis (THESIS MAY SUBSTITUTE FOR OSH 644 and (OSH 657 or OSH 697) (6 credit hours)
Technical requirements courses (18 credit hours) are selected based on the student's program concentration and must be approved by the graduate program advisor.
 
Safety management concentration 12
  • OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene & Safety Program Development (3)
  • OSH 640 Safety and Health Program Management and Training (3)
  • OSH 650 Occupational Safety & Health Organizational Leadership and Management (3)
  • OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health (3)
 
  • OSH 384 and OSH 657 are required for safety management concentration
  • Students selecting to do thesis must take OSH 657 and complete an oral defense of thesis
  • All non-thesis students must take OSH 644
  • Within the department guidelines, the individual student's program is developed in consultation with graduate program advisor.

Curriculum - Industrial hygiene concentration

Course Hours
Total curriculum 30
Technical requirements 18
  • OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program Development (3)
  • OSH 623 Occupational Diseases (3)
  • OSH 626 Industrial Hygiene Sampling Strategies (3)
  • OSH 630 Global Issues in Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 636 Transportation Management (3)
  • OSH 637 Biostatistics and Probability (3)
  • OSH 640 Safety and Health Program Management and Training (3)
  • OSH 644 Graduate Cooperative Education OR an Approved Elective with Prior Safety Internship or Equivalent
  • OSH 645 Loss Control Management and Measurement (3)
  • OSH 646 Fundamentals of Risk Management (3)
  • OSH 654 Advanced Safety and Health Management and Administration (3)
  • OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 656 Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3)
  • OSH 657 Current Literature and Research in Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 658 Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology (3)
  • OSH 680 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 697 Research in Environmental Health and Safety (3)
  • OSH 698-699 Thesis (THESIS MAY SUBSTITUTE FOR OSH 644 and (OSH 657 or OSH 697) (6 credit hours)
Technical requirements courses (18 credit hours) are selected based on the student's program concentration and must be approved by the graduate program advisor.
 
Industrial hygiene concentration 12
  • OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program Development (3)
  • OSH 622 Toxicology of Industrial Materials (3)
  • OSH 627 Air Contaminants and Industrial Ventilation (3)
  • OSH 663 Applied Workplace Ergonomics (3)
 
  • OSH 425, OSH 626, OSH 656, and OSH 697 are required for industrial hygiene concentration
  • Students selecting to do thesis must take OSH 657 and complete an oral defense of thesis
  • All non-thesis students must take OSH 644
  • Within the department guidelines, the individual student's program is developed in consultation with graduate program advisor.

Curriculum - Environmental concentration

Course Hours
Total curriculum 30
Technical requirements 18
  • OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program Development (3)
  • OSH 623 Occupational Diseases (3)
  • OSH 626 Industrial Hygiene Sampling Strategies (3)
  • OSH 630 Global Issues in Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 636 Transportation Management (3)
  • OSH 637 Biostatistics and Probability (3)
  • OSH 640 Safety and Health Program Management and Training (3)
  • OSH 644 Graduate Cooperative Education OR an Approved Elective with Prior Safety Internship or Equivalent
  • OSH 645 Loss Control Management and Measurement (3)
  • OSH 646 Fundamentals of Risk Management (3)
  • OSH 654 Advanced Safety and Health Management and Administration (3)
  • OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 656 Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3)
  • OSH 657 Current Literature and Research in Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 658 Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology (3)
  • OSH 680 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • OSH 697 Research in Environmental Health and Safety (3)
  • OSH 698-699 Thesis (THESIS MAY SUBSTITUTE FOR OSH 644 and (OSH 657 or OSH 697) (6 credit hours)
Technical requirements courses (18 credit hours) are selected based on the student's program concentration and must be approved by the graduate program advisor.
 
Environmental concentration 12
  • OSH 622 Toxicology of Industrial Materials (3)
  • OSH 627 Air Contaminants and Industrial Ventilation (3)
  • OSH 687 Wastewater Treatment (3)
  • OSH 689 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management(3)
 
  • OSH 320 and OSH 697 are required for safety management concentration
  • Students selecting to do thesis must take OSH 657 and complete an oral defense of thesis
  • All non-thesis students must take OSH 644
  • Within the department guidelines, the individual student's program is developed in consultation with graduate program advisor.

Graduate-level OSH courses

OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene and Safety Program Development (3). Advanced, in-depth study of harmful chemical, biological, and physical agents found in the workplace. Emphasis is on analytical methods, control measures, monitoring and surveillance techniques, and developing and writing a comprehensive industrial hygiene or safety program. 

OSH 622 Toxicology of Industrial Materials (3). A study of the environmental and occupational health effects and hazards associated with the exposure to industrial chemicals and contaminants. The course will cover the basic principles of toxicology, target organ toxicities, and the mechanisms involved in toxic effects.

OSH 623 Occupational Diseases (3). Survey of occupational diseases covering routes of entry and modes of action. In particular, the pathogenicity, epidemiology and diagnosis of occupational diseases will be stressed as they relate to chemical, biological and radiological hazards, dermatoses, airway diseases, plant and wood hazards, chemical carcinogens, and pesticides.

OSH 626 Industrial Hygiene Sampling Strategies (3). Advanced in-depth study of the approaches to workplace sampling. Emphasis is on statistical sampling methods, passive monitoring, colorimetric devices, breathing zone, and area sampling strategies. Course work will include laboratory exercises and field experience. Prerequisites: OSH 420 and PHY 125.

OSH 627 Air Contaminants and Industrial Ventilation (3). A course examining air contaminant problems, gas calculations, and industrial ventilation. This course covers the EPA laws and regulations, and the scientific principles and controls of classical air pollution problems. It also focuses on the engineering evaluation and design of industrial ventilation systems. Prerequisite: OSH 420 (pre- or corequisite) or permission of instructor.

OSH 630 Global Issues in Occupational Safety and Health (3). Course is designed to introduce the student to international issues in Occupational Safety and Health. The primary focus is for students to understand how culture can affect perceived risk and ultimately risk assessment. Course will be conducted in destination country.

OSH 636 Transportation Safety (3). An introduction to problems and practices of transportation safety-related issues including a review of regulatory compliance.

OSH 637 Biostatistics and Probability (3). The study and application of biostatistics and probability distributions in environmental and health-related sampling. Emphasis is given to hypothesis testing and graphical determination of confidence intervals. This course will also cover the use and application of log scales and their application in log-normal distributions. Prerequisite: PSY 300 or STA 135 or permission of instructor.

OSH 640 Safety and Health Program Management and Training (3). The concepts, relationships and principles of managing the occupational safety and health function and the development of training procedures and practices to integrate that function into the organization.

OSH 644 Graduate Cooperative Education (3). A meaningful, planned, and evaluated work experience related to the career and educational objectives of the student for which he/she may receive academic credit and possible financial remuneration. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: permission of chair.

OSH 645 Loss Control Management and Measurement (3). An analysis of actual or potential exposures to hazards and their resultant losses posed by agents, energy forms, forces, and substances in the workplace; measuring the loss exposures created by those hazards; and managing the appropriate counter measures to compensate for perils presented by those losses. Prerequisites: OSH 192.

OSH 646 Fundamentals of Risk Management (3). An overview of risk management: the process of making and implementing decisions that enable an organization to optimize its level of risk. Risk management topics include risk identification, risk assessment, development of appropriate controls, and risk communication.

OSH 650 OSH Organizational Leadership and Management (3). An overview of the safety and health leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives emphasizing leadership and management. Concepts covered include safety and health-related leadership issues, implementation of codes and standards, integration of leadership with safety engineering and management principles as well as leadership skills including communication, motivation, initiating change, team building, delegation, and credibility.

OSH 654 Advanced Safety and Health Management and Administration (3). Examination of past and current philosophical beliefs, practices and approaches to controlling safety and health hazards, risks exposure, accidents and loss.

OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health (3). This course will present an overview of the regulatory process including the influences of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government on OSHA and EPA regulations.

OSH 656 Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3). This course is concerned with the health, behavioral and technical sciences and their role in the reduction of worker stress. These factors are thus related to the neuro-muscular and skeletal systems and the mechanics involved in efficient workplace design. Prerequisite: OSH 353 or 453.

OSH 657 Current Literature and Research in Safety and Health (3). Survey of current literature and research in safety and health, including accident causation and prevention, hazard abatement, risk management, and loss control.

OSH 658 Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology (3). This course will give the students an overview of the basic principles of occupational epidemiology necessary to understand the scientific literature. The major types of epidemiologic studies will be described, and students will learn basic epidemiological calculations. Epidemiologic principles of reliability, validity, bias, screening, and surveillance will be discussed.

OSH 663 Applied Workplace Ergonomics (3). This course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to apply the principles of ergonomics to the work environment. It is intended to offer students practical experience in applying ergonomics through the development of an industrial case study. Prerequisite: 656.

OSH 670 Internship in Safety and Health (3). Supervised work experience in safety and health-related operations focusing on the career objectives and educational objectives of the student. Evaluation of the experience made by the department. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: permission of chair.

OSH 671 Problems in Safety and Health (1-3). Individual study and research relating to safety and health. Prerequisite: Instructor approval of problem before registering for course.

OSH 680 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Safety and Health (3). This course involves on-site analysis of safety and health programs of area industries. Students are exposed to a variety of industrial settings and have the opportunity to interact with practicing safety and health professionals. Extensive weekly travel is required. Students also organize and present a seminar related to occupational safety and health.

OSH 687 Wastewater Treatment (3). A study of the operation and process design of wastewater treatment systems. This course focuses on aerobic biological treatment and process control for the activated sludge system. Topics will include treatment evaluations, trouble shooting, system design, and operational control strategies. Prerequisite: OSH 320 or permission of instructor.

OSH 689 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3). This course will provide students with an understanding of hazardous waste laws in the United States and practical strategies for compliance with those laws. It will also introduce students to the environmental impacts and pollution prevention practices of various industries as well as emerging technologies and philosophies as related to hazardous waste management.

OSH 697 Research in Environmental Health and Safety (3). A course where students research issues and problems related to health, safety or the environment and scientifically address solutions to existing and potential problems and hazards that threaten health and safety in occupational or environmental settings.

OSH 698 Thesis (3).

OSH 699 Thesis (3).

Contact Occupational Safety and Health Department

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Dr. Bassam Atieh
On Campus Graduate Program Coordinator
Professor
Occupational Safety and Health
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270.809.6652
batieh@murraystate.edu
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