Degrees & Programs
The SHIH Department has four degree programs: (1) B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health; (2) B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health -- Applied Health Science option; (3) M.S. in Industrial Hygiene; and (4) M.S. in Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning-Professional Track.
The B.S. in OSH degree is designed for the science-oriented student who likes to work with people, and is concerned about employee safety and health. The OSH professional may work wherever health or safety hazards exist.
The B.S. in OSH degree - Applied Health Science (AHS) option degree program is designed for the science-oriented student who wishes to work with people, and is concerned about their health and physical well being. The Applied Health Science student will be trained to evaluate an individual's life-style, health habits, and fitness level. The student will learn how to complete a personal fitness assessment and utilize the information gathered to recommend a personalized fitness program that will help the participant improve or maintain their overall health and their physical working capacity. The AHS option takes full advantage of several other college departments and provides the student, through Career Services, with actual on-the-job training.
The curriculum for the AHS Option prepares graduates for numerous careers in the health sciences. Graduates find employment as personal fitness counselors, corporate wellness directors, and safety and health professionals. Many graduates go on to graduate school in health-oriented fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and industrial hygiene.
The Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene prepares individuals to be responsible for the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace environmental factors that may affect the health, comfort, or productivity of workers. While Industrial Hygiene is considered a "science," it is also an "art" that involves judgment, creativity, and human interaction and communication.
The online Distance Learning program allows off-campus students to earn a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene-Professional Track.
Students desiring a career as an OSH professional typically pursue a Bachelors of Science in OSH and/or the Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene. Graduates of these programs are well-prepared to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control workplace safety and health hazards.