Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training

The purpose of the Master of Science in Occupational Health (MSOH) degree program is to train individuals interested in pursuing careers in occupational injury prevention research training to become highly trained professionals. These professionals could then become researchers, academic faculty, or be placed in prominent businesses, insurers, and government positions that require profession skills in this area. Occupational injury prevention research training (OIPRT) prepares students to evaluate workplace hazards, design and implement preventive interventions, and evaluate the efficacy of prevention efforts.

RMCOEH sponsors two educational emphasis options for the MSOH OIPRT program. These options are:

  • MSOH OIPRT program with emphasis in occupational injury epidemiology, including an emphasis on coursework and research through the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine's Division of Occupational & Environmental Health.
  • MSOH OIPRT program with emphasis in occupational safety, provided through the combination of resources in the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s  Ergonomics and Safety Engineering Program and a combination of courses education on safety engineering from the Ergonomics and Safety and from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine's Division of Occupational & Environmental Health.

These programs benefit from active participation by the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, Utah OSHA, the national OSHA technical center located in Salt Lake City, and the Intermountain Injury Control Research Center.  

Full-time students may receive full or partial NIOSH financial support that can include tuition payment and provision of a stipend.

Objectives

Graduates from the MSOH OIPRT program options will achieve the following competencies. Graduates from the occupational injury epidemiology emphasis area are able to:

  • Understand design options for occupational epidemiology studies.
  • Manage and critically evaluate data using complex statistical systems.
  • Recognize potential sources of study bias for chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Use results from epidemiology studies to assess risk(s) that may be posed by potential chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of applying various control options for chemical, physical, and biological hazards by follow-up studies after efforts for exposure remediation adopted.
  • Effectively communicate to peers, the public, and business management using verbal, visual, and written skills.
  • Assume increasing independence in effectively managing OEHS programs.
  • Implement computer skills, including word processing, professional presentations, spreadsheets, internet resources, and the like.

Graduates from MSOH OIPRT program options will achieve the following competencies. Graduates from the occupational safety emphasis area are able to:

  • Understand how to evaluate and implement safety engineering and program design options for occupational health programs.
  • Manage and critically evaluate data from exposure studies or epidemiology studies.
  • Effectively communicate to peers, the public, and business management using verbal, visual, and written skills.
  • Assume increasing independence in effectively managing occupational safety programs.
  • Implement computer skills, including word processing, professional presentations, spreadsheets, internet resources, and the like.
  • Review requirements (such as regulations) related to occupational safety as enacted by federal and state government agencies and assure compliance.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Semester Offered
OEHS 6370 Occupational Epidemiology 3 Fall
OEHS 6100 Applied Occupational Biostatistics 3 Fall
OEHS 6607 Injury Surveillance 2 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 6753 Industrial Ventilation 2 Spring (Odd Years)
OEHS 7300 Epidemiology II 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 System 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-OIP Total Credit Hours 43