Program Director: David Huizen
OSH Lab Coordinator: Mingyu Wu
Affiliate Faculty & Internship Coordinator: Derek McCormick
The Occupational Safety and Health Management curriculum is designed to fulfill the undergraduate educational requirements of those wishing to enter the professional safety field. Considerable federal and state legislation enacted during the past half century has firmly established safety as a fundamental goal for improving the quality of work life in this country. These laws are extensive and profoundly affect every element of our society. The demand for competent, fully qualified safety professionals to assume positions within government, industry, and community agencies is increasing.
Grand Valley’s B.S in Occupational Safety and Health Management degree is structured to provide students with the proper balance of safety management and scientific training required in the field. The program prepares graduates for careers in both the private and public sectors.
The B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health Management degree is a secondary admission program. To be admitted into the program, the student must have completed 45 semester hours of instruction and obtained an overall G.P.A. of 2.25. Additionally, the student must have completed one course in chemistry and be enrolled in or have completed PHY 200.
Because many of the Occupational Safety and Health courses serve students in other majors or minors (as elective credit) students wishing to take particular OSH courses should seek instructor approval.
With increased emphasis on workplace safety, career opportunities for occupational safety and health management graduates continues to be strong. Most employers with 200 or more employees have one or more full-time persons working in the safety area. In addition, many smaller employers (those with fewer than 200 employees) also hire a full-time safety professional. Job opportunities exist in hospitals, municipalities, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, construction, transportation, consulting, and insurance, to name a few.
Students planning to major in occupational safety and health management degree must complete the following requirements:
Click here for an OSH Curriculum Guide.
The following represent courses non-OSHM majors may take. Those seeking a minor in OSH should contact an advisor.
A minor in occupational safety and health consists of 21 credits chosen with the consent of the OSH Advisor.
Note: Because many of the occupational safety and health courses serve students in other majors or minors (as elective credit) students wishing to take particular OSH courses should seek instructor approval. The following courses are not open to non-OSH majors: OSH 390, OSH 490, or OSH 495.