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Occupational Safety, BS - Occupational Health Management Option

Degree in Occupational Safety and Health Management

The University of Central Missouri's Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety, with a focus on Occupational Safety and Health Management, equips you to anticipate, recognize and evaluate risks and protect workers and their communities from occupational and environmental hazards.

Our bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety Health Management is for those who want to earn an MS degree in Industrial Hygiene, also offered at UCM. Taking additional coursework in biochemistry, human biology, ventilation, noise measurements and high hazard industries provides a solid foundation for future career opportunities.

Your degree in Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management will equip you to adhere to your professional responsibilities with personal integrity and honesty. Although it is impossible to count the accidents, injuries and fatalities that did not occur because you did your job well, you will see the positive results of people as they work in the safer environment that you created. 

Interested in a faster route to an advanced degree? Our accelerated program for this field of study allows you to earn the MS in Occupational Safety Management in less time.

Earn GSP designation along with an ABET-accredited degree 

The University of Central Missouri’s degree program in Occupational Safety is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Upon graduation, you are eligible to receive the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. This saves you time – and money – and gives you a competitive edge in high-paying, highly valued safety and occupational health jobs.

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Dr. Georgi Popov, QEP, CSP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FAIHA
Interim Chair
Humphreys 327A
Tel: 660-543-4208
gpopov@ucmo.edu

Kate Kuhlman
Office Professional
Humphreys 225A-2
Tel: 660-543-4626
kuhlman@ucmo.edu

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Occupational Risk and Safety Science


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Only ABET-accredited Safety program in MO

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Starting salary is $55–$70K

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Job or graduate school placement is 100%

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100% of faculty hold CSP certification

What you will study

Learn practical skills and gain understanding as you work toward your bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management at the University of Central Missouri. Core coursework explores industrial hygiene, ergonomics in safety and health, transportation and storage of hazardous materials, safety and health legislation and standards, industrial fire protection and more. 

Among the courses for UCM’s Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management degree option are:

  • Elementary Organic and Biochemistry: Get an introduction to organic chemistry and the fundamental concepts of biochemistry with emphasis on its physiological, nutritional and comparative aspects. 
  • Noise Measurements: Learn about physics of sound, measurement and control of noise.
  • Industrial Ventilation for Environmental Safety and Health: Understand how ventilation systems are designed to control health and safety hazards in work environments, with a focus on the design of local exhaust systems.

Course delivery for the Occupational Health Management degree

UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management is open to full- and part-time students. All courses are offered on campus in Warrensburg, Missouri. You may also opt to take some courses in hybrid and online formats. All summer courses are available online.

Regardless of which format you choose, all of our courses in occupational safety are taught by experienced faculty. Active in professional organizations and groups, our faculty frequently present at industry conferences and workshops, raising awareness of the value of a degree in occupational safety and health.

 

National Rankings

  • UCM's Occupational Safety BS program, including the Occupational Health Management degree option, is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduates from ABET-accredited programs have a proven educational foundation and lead the way in innovation, emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
  • A Most Focused College for Occupational Safety & Health Technology (College Factual, 2022)

 

Unique learning opportunities in occupational health management

UCM’s Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management degree gives you hands-on experience with lab and field technology, paid internships and applied learning projects. 

  • Internships: Get practical experience and earn course credit with an internship. Opportunities are available through our alumni engagement program, faculty networks and industry connections. Many students are hired as full-time employees after they graduate as a result of their internship experiences.
  • Learning lab: UCM’s Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management program is home to one of the top labs in the United States, providing access to the latest equipment and techniques.
  • Industry connections: In nearby Kansas City are active chapters of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Occupational safety majors can join peers, faculty and industry professionals at educational, professional and networking events.

 

What can you do with a degree in Occupational Safety and Health Management from UCM?

Working in the fields of occupational safety and occupational health management, you’ll analyze health and safety risk factors in the workplace that impact employees’ health, then recommend solutions to reduce their exposure to those hazards. Upon graduation, you’ll receive the GSP designation and be prepared for safety and occupational health jobs in utilities, manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation, construction, insurance, government and many other industries. 

You may also choose graduate school. The University of Central Missouri offers an accelerated BS to MS pathway with the MS in Occupational Safety Management program, as well as an MS degree in Industrial Hygiene.

Most of our undergraduate students complete their bachelor’s degree within four years. They work in jobs with a degree in occupational safety and health management to identify and interpret standards, regulations and codes, apply scientific and technical tools to impact safety and health and demonstrate the value of safety, health and environmental science interventions.

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Financial assistance for occupational safety and health management degrees

Earning a degree in Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management from the University of Central Missouri is an investment in your future. You’ll have access to a variety of resources that can help you finance your college education.

In addition to our competitive tuition rates, program scholarships are available for occupational health management majors:

  • Missouri Employers Mutual Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Construction Safety Group of Kansas City
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship
  • National Safety Council (NSC) Scholarship Programs
  • Don B. Daily Safety Steel Intern Scholarship 
  • UCM Foundation Scholarships 
  • Missouri Asphalt Paving Association Scholarships

 

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Take your degree further.

 

UCM offers an accelerated BS to MS pathway to earn your master’s degree in less time. This option is available for occupational safety majors interested in:

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Program Student Outcomes

The following Student Outcomes align with the required General Criteria of the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and provide a foundation that prepares graduates to attain the BS Occupational Safety Program Educational Objectives:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety will be prepared to attain the following objectives:

  • Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazards, exposures, and risk through development and management of control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  • Uphold the responsibilities of the profession to protect people, property, and the environment in a global or societal market with personal integrity and honesty through adherence to professional ethical codes.
  • Acquire and evaluate evolving SH&E-related information through research, and the application and continuing development of abilities, skills, and knowledge gained in the program to identify practical solutions for safety issues.
  • Continually enhance discipline-specific technical competencies, skills, and knowledge by seeking certification, and through active participation in professional societies, conferences, workshops, networking, continuing education, and/or other professional development activities.
  • Develop, implement, and provide ongoing leadership for organizational SH&E programs.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum 2.2 cumulative GPA.
  • The grade of C or better must be attained in all designated safety, math, and science courses.
  • An assessment examination must be completed during the last semester of course work

Enrollment and graduation data

The UCM Campus Data Hub allows you to access enrollment and graduation data for the University and individual programs at: https://www.ucmo.edu/ offices/university-analytics- and-institutional-research/ campus-data/index.php

 

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