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MSOH Occupational Safety

Occupational Safety applies engineering principles and methodologies to minimize the physical hazards of the occupational environment. The Master of Science in Occupational Health (MSOH) with an emphasis in Occupational Safety (OS) program prepares students to evaluate workplace hazards, design and implement strategic preventive interventions as enacted by federal and state government agencies and assure compliance. Students who choose this track, gain the opportunity to work closely with the Mechanical Engineering department in addition to gaining valuable experience in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Andrew Merryweather, PhD
Director of Ergonomics and Safety Program

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health offers two distinct routes to training in Occupational Safety. Both culminate in receiving a graduate degree; however, the specific route determines the level of training and coursework received. The first being the Master of Science directly through Mechanical Engineering department and the second being the Master of Science through the Occupational and Environmental Health department.

Both options offer multi-disciplinary components integrated with engineering, occupational injury prevention, industrial hygiene, and occupational medicine. However, students who opt for the MSOH with the Occupational Safety emphasis, gain specific skills for work that can be applied in various industries ranging from construction to manufacturing and mining.

The Master of Science in Occupational Health (MSOH) with the Occupational Safety emphasis is considered a non-engineering degree program. For the option related to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering please visit the following link: Ergonomics and Safety

The MSOH with an emphasis in Occupational Safety degree is intended to be completed in two to three years of full-time study and requires a research-based master’s thesis or non-thesis project.


A complete list of course requirements and degree competencies for the MSOH with the Occ Safety emphasis can be found within our departmental handbook listed here: OEH Handbook