School of Medicine

Division of Occupational & Environmental Health

Occupational Safety and Health

The COSH option for occupational health will be appropriate for baccalaureate prepared students seeking recognition of additional competency in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) as it applies to their area of interest. Many of these students will already have jobs with OSH responsibilities and will be seeking improved knowledge and skills to better perform or advance in their careers. Some of the COSH students will likely continue to masters or doctoral studies in OSH.

This COSH in occupational health is one of the few OSH academic certificate programs in the United States that will provide the course requirements for board certification under the American Board of Preventive Medicine’s complementary pathway. This complementary pathway allows physicians who meet past training and experience requirements the opportunity to qualify for board certification after taking a set of specified courses that are available through the COSH.


The program objectives for COSH students in the Occupational Health option is for them at a minimum learn how to:

  • Manage Occupational and/or Environmental Health (OEH) programs
  • Learn how to design and conduct studies, such as epidemiology or industrial hygiene studies so as to obtain usable information
  • Learn how to critically evaluate data
  • Understand and assess risk posed by potential chemical, physical and biological hazards
  • Design and evaluate effectiveness of various emission and exposure control methods for potential hazards
  • Effectively communicate to workers, peers and management using verbal, visual and written skills
  • Assume increasing independence in effectively managing Occ. and Env, Health & Safety Programs


Course # Course Title Credit Hours

Required Courses

FP MD 6370 Occupational Epidemiology 3
FP MD 6750 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2
FP MD 6760 Administration and Management of Health and Safety Programs 2
Required Courses Sub-Total 8

Elective Courses (Select at least three of the following courses)

FP MD 6100 Biostatistics I 3
FP MD 6703 Clinical and Behavioral Aspects of Occupational Injuries and Diseases 3
FP MD 6504 Clinical and Behavioral Aspects of 3
FP MD 6752 Introduction to Industrial Toxicology & Physiology 3
FP MD 6761 / ME EN 6100 Ergonomics 3 All
Total Credits 15-17