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Occupational Safety & Health Management, B.S.

Grand Valley State University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in occupational safety and health management (OSHM). The degree provides students with the proper balance of safety management and scientific training required in the safety field.

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Program Overview

OSHM prepares students for entry level positions within the occupational safety profession. Students are immersed in a curriculum that exposes them to a wide range of experiences to prepare them for a career based on the industry in which they wish to work. The following are examples of industry sectors that hire OSHM professionals: manufacturing, insurance, chemical, government, service industries.

Why Study OSHM at Grand Valley?

  • Nearly 100% job placement.
  • The program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Graduates of the OSHM program at GVSU are eligible to receive the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
  • Graduates can receive the Associate Safety and Health Management certification from the Institute of Safety and Health Management.
  • Hands-on laboratory emphasis.
  • The program involves students in real world projects coupled with salaried internships.
  • Faculty have industry experience and are board certified. Our program is distinguished by a combination of hands-on and theoretical learning, including mandatory internship education.

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For More Information

Padnos College of Engineering and Computing Occupational Safety and Health Management
L.V. Eberhard Center, Suite 618, (616) 331-5596

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Critical incident analysis
  • Environmental safety and safety regulations
  • Ergonomic safety engineering
  • Fire science
  • Hazard control
  • Health and safety techniques
  • Industrial hygiene

Career Options

Job opportunities exist in all occupational settings, including:

  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail


“The OSHM program has been a great learning experience for students, allowing them to go out in the field to visit different sites and actually observe workplace hazards and their solutions, and to work hands-on with different monitoring equipment. The connections I've made through the opportunities to attend multiple safety conferences and through my internship have also proved beneficial.”