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Industrial Hygiene | Occupational Safety Management | Master's degree | Graduate Program | University of Central Missouri

Graduate Programs

Industrial Hygiene, M.S.

This degree is offered to prepare students to assist management in the effective use of resources for the development, implementation and assessment of a comprehensive safety and health programs in a variety of industrial settings.

A graduate student of the Industrial Hygieneprogram has the opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience in the field and through class projects.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary, global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Develop a passion for life-long learning in safety specific competencies.

Admissions

Students are admitted into one of two Areas based upon their education and professional certification at the time of application. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences. 

 

All students seeking admission* to the Industrial Hygiene program must have:

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Course work must include one semester of the following course work with a grade of "C" or better for each:
    • Organic chemistry
    • Mammalian or Human physiology
    • Biology
  • Completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Additional requirements by Area are as follows:

 

  •  Professional Certification Area - Admission into this Area requires current possession of any of the following designations or certifications in good standing: Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

 

  • Foundation Area -
    • One semester of each of the following courses with the grade of "C" or better for each:
      • Chemistry and Physics (one must have a lab)
      • College Algebra or higher level math
      • Statistics
    • Applicant must submit an essay of at least 1100 words that demonstrates writing skills. Essay should describe the applicant’s work experiences, describe why they are seeking the MS IH, and how it relates to their future career goals. Applicants will not be admitted without the essay.
    • Students must complete all admissions requirements, SAFE 4140, SAFE 4425 or SAFE 4435, and SAFE 5000 before they may enroll in any additional required courses.

 

*The department will consider applicants that do not meet all of the above criteria on a case by case basis.

 

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Program of Study

Program Educational Objectives

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in industrial hygiene will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the programs to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary, global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  • Develop, coordinate and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property, and the environment.
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline-specific technical competencies and effectiveness.
  • Identify and evaluate agents, stressors, and work practices that impact occupational and non-occupational settings.
  • Collect and analyze data using valid scientific qualitative and quantitative methods and procedures.
  • Recommend and evaluate hazard mitigation strategies. 

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students with a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene will be able to:

  • Apply basic skills in developing sampling strategy, sampling methods, and use of control measures. 
  • Design a hygiene program that mitigates chemical, biological, and physical hazards. 
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data using qualitative and quantitative methods of hazard assessment
  • Identify and evaluate agents and stressors in occupation and non-occupational settings
  • Apply techniques of using instrumentation to discover/identify hazards, prioritizing, and implementation for strategies to control or minimize the risks of exposure. 
  • Evaluate the most appropriate level of protection that considers the degree of hazard, concentration of chemical and nature of toxicity.

Contact Information

For additional information about the Industrial Hygiene program, contact John Zey at jzey@ucmo.edu or by phone at 660-543-4410.

 

Occupational Safety Management, M.S.

This professional degree is offered to prepare students to assist management in the effective use of resources for the development, implementation and assessment of a comprehensive safety and health programs in a variety of occupational settings.

 A graduate student of Occupational Safety Management has the opportunity to:

  • Develop a passion for lifelong learning in safety-specific competencies.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the field and through class projects.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary, global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.

This program is offered on campus, at the Summit Center and two of the areas may be taken entirely online.

Students are admitted into one of three Areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which concentration they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences.

All students seeking admission to this program must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Additional requirements by Area are as follows:

  • Professional Certification Area – Possession of GSP, ASP, or CSP certification.
  • EHS Degree/Work Experience Area – Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Safety and Health and/or a minimum of three or more years of full time EHS work. Admission based on employment requires written verification from your employer confirming years of experience in EHS – applicants will not be admitted without employment verification. 
  • Foundation Area
    • one semester each of the following courses:
      • chemistry and physics (one with a lab)
      • college algebra
      • statistics
    • Applicant must submit a 3-5 page essay that demonstrates writing skills.  Essay should describe the applicant’s work experiences, describe why they are seeking the MS OSM, and how it relates to their future career goals.  Applicants will not be admitted without the essay.  
    • Please note that the Foundation Concentration requires two live courses that cannot be taken online (SAFE 4010 and SAFE 4140). These two courses are offered on the main UCM Campus. Students must complete SAFE 4010, SAFE 4140, SAFE 4425, and SAFE 5000 before they may enroll in any additional 5000 or 6000 level courses.

Program of Study

Program Educational Objectives

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the programs to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.

  • Recognize the importance of contemporary, global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.

  • Develop, coordinate and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property and the environment.

  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline specific technical competencies.

  • Analyze injury, illness and liability trends to help establish priority direction.

  • Organize limited resources for optimum risk control.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate hazard control processes for a performance safety program

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students with a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management will be able to:

 

  1. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices;
  2. Demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics and/or human factors;
  4. Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs;
  5. Apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology;
  6. Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes;
  7. Conduct accident investigations and analyses;
  8. Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an intern, cooperative, or supervised experience.

 

Contact Information

For additional information about the Occupational Safety Management program, contact Leigh Ann Blunt at blunt@ucmo.edu or by phone at 660-543-4963.