Environmental Safety and Health Degree Program (MS)
Master of Science
The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree program in Environmental Safety and Health is designed to develop an advanced understanding of general and specific issues relevant to occupational and environmental safety. Students will develop skills in collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Courses will include preparation and delivery of oral and written reports and projects relevant to accident investigations, job safety analyses, health concerns, workers’ compensation issues, fire protection measures, workplace ergonomics assessment and hazard investigation.
- Applicants must meet the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies admission requirements. (http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/admission/programapps)
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
- Twenty (20) or more semester-hours (undergraduate credits) in science, business, math or engineering.
- Completion of at least one semester of college-level probability and statistics.
- Completion of at least one semester of college-level chemistry.
- The equivalent of at least one year of full-time professional experience in environmental safety and health as documented by work history (i.e., resume).
- Computer skills proficiency including the ability to navigate the Web, to manipulate and organize computer files and email, and to use Microsoft Office applications.
If you are a student from a country where English is not the native language, you will also need to supply results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based, or an IELTS score of 6.0 is required for admission.
International students will want to learn more about our Center for Global Education.
Exceptions to the admission requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis. Due to competitive enrollments, admission may be limited despite fulfillment of the entrance requirements shown here.
Degree in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health
Certificates in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health
SAFETY 581 MOTOR FLEET SAFETY 3 Units
An analysis of fleet safety problems and programs. Detailed study of the truck transportation industry, motor carrier responsibilities, federal regulations and safety supervision programs.
PREREQ: SAFETY 380 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 582 SAFETY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 3 Units
This course examines the practices and safety-related problems found in the contruction industry. Administrative and organizational issues that impact construction safety programs are examined. Students will be introduced to specific problems and countermeasures for correction through lectures and field experiences. The course provides an overview of applicable OSHA and MSHA standards.
PREREQ: SAFETY 380 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 583 INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY 3 Units
A study of the physical, personnel, and informational aspects of the security field. Concepts of these areas will be integrated with safety management concepts and will be discussed in relationship to industrial and business environments.
SAFETY 584 CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT PREVENTION 3 Units
A combination of principles and practices designed to provide a basis for understanding the nature of accident prevention, health preservation and loss reduction in construction operations. The topics to be examined include federal safety and health regulations, techniques of hazard control, strategies for minimizing injuries and losses, and sources of assistance in resolving safety and health problems.
PREREQ: SAFETY 382 OR SAFETY 582 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 650 BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION 3 Units
Selected theories of accident causation and countermeasures are studied. Examination of physiological, medical, psychological, and sociological factors which influence behavior, and methods for modifying unsafe behavior.
SAFETY 668 ERGONOMICS 3 Units
Study of human capabilities and limitations (physical, perceptual and cognitive) as the basis for improving human interactions with products, workstations and jobs. Review of human anatomical, physiological, perceptual and psychomotor characteristics applied to human-machine systems to enhance worker comfort, safety, health and productivity.
PREREQ: CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 671 APPLIED METHODS IN ERGONOMICS 3 Units
Students will study methods and techniques for job and workstation evaluation to identify potential ergonomic hazards that contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to select and apply appropriate ergonomics methods and techniques to industry-specific problems.
PREREQ: SAFETY 488/SAFETY 688 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 672 ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL ERGONOMICS 3 Units
This course focuses on the specific needs of key industries that present high incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. These industries display specific working conditions with large and diverse workforces. In addition, ergonomic issues of work populations with special needs are also reviewed. The course will involve applied problem solving projects in different work settings.
PREREQ: SAFETY 471/SAFETY 671 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 679 PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE 5 Units
An introduction to the science and art of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the chemical, physical, and biological agents that affect the health and safety of workers. The laboratory provides working knowledge and hands-on experience with equipment for recognizing, analyzing, and evaluating occupational health hazards in industry. One 2.5 hour lecture and one 2.5 hour lab per week.
PREREQ: CHEM 102 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 682 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MANAGEMENT 3 Units
An examination of the practices of managing occupational safety and health programs in the construction field. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of how the regulatory and financial responsibilities of accident prevention, health preservation and loss reduction in construction operations are met.
PREREQ: SAFETY 384 OR SAFETY 584
SAFETY 683 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY MANAGEMENT 3 Units
Emphasis will be on the organizational and administrational problems that relate to risk assessments, occupational accidents, worker compensation management, safety committees and empoyee safety training programs. The course is designed for students majoring in the business related areas and future safety professionals who desire to develop an understanding of these management problems as well as applicable solutions.
PREREQ: SAFETY 388 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR, ONE SEMESTER OF COLLEGE STATISTICS, AND MAJOR GPA OF 2.50
SAFETY 685 FIRE PROTECTION/PREVENTION 3 Units
Control of fires through study of building construction to prevent fire spread, occupancy-hazard relationships, exposure to and from adjacent occupancies, lifesaving aspects, and the development of professional knowledge of flammable gases, liquids, combustible solids, dusts, chemicals, and explosives. Interpretation of appropriate codes will be covered.
PREREQ: CHEM 102 OR ONE SEMESTER OF GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 687 PRODUCT SAFETY 3 Units
An analysis of the trends of the product liability problem and the agencies regulating products. Special emphasis will be given to legal theories related to product liability and landmark litigation providing the basis for case law. A substantial portion of the course will be devoted to examining the elements of product safety programming.
PREREQ: SAFETY 380 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
SAFETY 690 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-6 Units
Varaible topics. See Schedule of Classes.
SAFETY 691 TRAVEL STUDY Repeatable 3 Units
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.
SAFETY 696 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable to 6 credits in degree. A course which offers special topics in safety which are not regularly included in the curriculum.
SAFETY 701 RESEARCH METHODS IN ESH 3 Units
This course introduces key concepts and skill development in scientific inquiry in Environmental Safety & Health. The course covers: foundations for scientific inquiry, types of research methodology, validity and reliability (biases & error), how to search for and review research literature, basic understanding of statistical significance, and how to develop research question/hypotheses.
SAFETY 712 DISASTER PLANNING AND RESPONSE 3 Units
This course provides an overview of the organizational processes of preparing for and responding to disasters, both natural and technological. The course will begin with emergency response planning and preparation, then move into emergency operations and incident management, and conclude with a module on incident investigation and root cause analysis.
SAFETY 737 ERGONOMICS IN CONSTRUCTION 3 Units
This course is intended to examine the ergonomic problems, such as work related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, in the construction industry. The course provides recognized ergonomic strategies in order to apply ergonomic hazards risk assessment for effective ergonomic solutions and interventions in different construction operations.
SAFETY 753 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 3 Units
This course addresses current environmental issues of importance to ESH professionals and their associated regulations. Federal and State having application to the current environmental issues will be emphasized.
SAFETY 757 PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Units
This course will introduce the principles of occupational epidemiology and discuss the application of these principles in the recognition, control and prevention of disease and injury. The course will review the etiology of various acute, chronic, infectious, occupational and environmental diseases.
SAFETY 779 ADVANCED TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE 3 Units
The course will address industrial hygiene topics from the perspective of an EHS manager. Topics include adjustment of occupational exposure limits for various working conditions, alternative methods of assessment, emergency response, and comprehensive health and safety program management. Professional issues including leadership, risk communication, and ethics will also be discussed.
SAFETY 780 PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF AIRBORNE HAZARDS IN THE WORKPLACE 3 Units
SAFETY 783 ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT 3 Units
This course is designed for Occupational Safety majors, prior to fieldwork experience. Attention will be given to the environmental safety management structures and Risk Management and loss control functions within multi-facility corporate structures. Emphasis will be placed on developing multi-facility risk management and loss control programs.
SAFETY 784 ADVANCED ERGONOMICS 3 Units
Study of methods for job and workstation analysis aiming at the identification, characterization and mitigation of ergonomic hazards. Review of common musculoskeletal disorders, their etiology, epidemiology and prevention. Examination of high-risk industries and their specific needs. Selection and application of appropriate methods to different settings and industries.
SAFETY 787 SYSTEM SAFETY ANALYSIS 3 Units
Introduction to the system technique as applied to the recognition of potential accident situations in occupational environments. Concentration will be on the qualitative aspects of safety, utilizing numerous examples and problems.
SAFETY 789 READINGS AND RESEARCH IN SAFETY 3 Units
Under the direction of a faculty member the student will examine current research and professional practices and apply that knowledge to an ESH problem. The course serves as the capstone experience and requires the successful completion of a research paper.
PREREQ: SAFETY 701 AND AT LEAST 18 UNITS MUST BE COMPLETED IN 700-LEVEL COURSES IN MS ESH PROGRAM
SAFETY 790 WORKSHOP 1-6 Units
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.
SAFETY 793 PRACTICUM Repeatable 1-6 Units
Safety Studies Practicum.
SAFETY 794 SEMINAR 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.
SAFETY 796 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.
SAFETY 798 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES 1-3 Units
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
SAFETY 799 THESIS RESEARCH Repeatable 1-6 Units
Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.