General Occupational Health

The MSOH degree in General Occupational Health emphasis area is designed to provide students a broad background without concentration in one area. This emphasis is particularly valuable for developing knowledge on administration of occupational health programs in large employers, government and academia, or consulting firms. Students that share an interest in an area related to occupational health are considered for enrollment to this MSOH degree program. The program is primarily designed for full-time students.

All MSOH degree students in the general occupational health emphases will be a minimum 42 credit hours. The program is designed to accommodate individuals with extensive or even those with limited professional experience in an area of occupational health. Each student creates an individual study plan with their academic advisor that meets their interests and long term goals.

The purpose of the MSOH degree program in General Occupational Health (OEH) is to train individuals interested in pursuing careers in occupational health to become well trained in the various technologies related to becoming an occupational health professional. These professionals could then be placed in prominent businesses, insurers, and government positions, or use their academic work to pursue a PhD in OEH and become researchers or academic faculty as well as consider higher level positions as professionals in businesses or health care institutions, which would require doctoral level skills.


Program graduates achieve the following competencies. Graduates are able to:

  • Manage and critically evaluate data.
  • Recognize potential health concerns and exposure symptoms that may be associated with various chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Recognize presence of or potential for chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Design, use, and evaluate various control options for chemical, physical, and biological hazards and learn the process for implementing applicable controls.
  • Research and apply regulations and develop regulatory required programs related to handling hazardous substances.
  • Effectively communicate to workers, peers, and management using verbal, visual, and written skills.
  • Support occupational and environmental health programs within larger frameworks.
  • Be able to assume increasing independence effectively managing occupational health programs.
  • Implement computer skills including word processing, professional presentations, spreadsheets, internet resources, and the like.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Semester Offered
OEHS 6370 Occupational Epidemiology 3 Spring
OEHS 6100 Applied Occupatinal Biostatistics 3 Fall, Spring
OEHS 6703 Occupational Injuries and Diseases 3 Fall
OEHS 6730 Quantitative Risk Assessment 3 Spring
OEHS 6750 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2 Fall
OEHS 6980 Occ. Health Practicum 3 Fall, Spring, & Summer
OEHS 6790 Occupational Health and Safety Administration 3 Spring
OEHS 6761 Ergonomics 3 Spring
ME EN 6110 Introduction to Industrial Safety 3 Spring Odd AY
OEHS 6715 Occupational Health and Safety Solutions 3 Spring
ME EN 7110 Systems Safety 3 Spring Even AY
ME EN 7960 Computer Applications & Research Methods in Occupational Injury Prevention 3 Spring
OEHS 6910 Project Research – MSOH OR 6 Fall,Spring, & Summer
OEHS 6911 Thesis Research - MSOH 6 Fall,Spring, & Summer
MSOH-GOH Total Credit Hours 42