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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Occupational Hygiene and Safety Major (B.S.O.H.S.)

Major Code BS3300

College of Health Sciences and Professions
Social and Public Health, Department of
Grover Center W324
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4675
Fax: 740.593.0555
www.ohio.edu/chsp/sph


Tim Ryan, contact personryant@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The Occupational Hygiene and Safety major at Ohio University prepares students to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace environmental factors that may affect the health, safety, security, comfort, and productivity of the worker. The program also introduces students to policy issues critical to worker health and safety in the US. With new technologies emerging every day, the hygiene and safety professional's job function remains critical to the health and well being of workers, their employers, the community, and the environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate entry-level professional oral and written communication skills.
  2. Students will be able to perform methods, techniques, and activities at a professional entry level.
  3. Students will be able to collect data and formulate conclusions, strategies and solutions to professional standards.
  4. Students will be able to describe essential facets of the profession.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Career opportunities in occupational hygiene, and the now inseparable field of safety, are diverse and many. Graduates of the program work in industry, defense, insurance, and government. Some find employment in health care settings, including hospitals, laboratories, or universities. Still more opportunities exist in the areas of transportation, utilities, resource management, consulting, and hazardous materials and waste. Ohio University graduates typically begin their OHS careers as technical specialists at one of a diverse group of employers. Historically, the profession has allowed graduates to advance to managerial positions, and ultimately on to senior administrative duties (subject to individual skills, motivation and capabilities). With many Baby Boomers now retiring, entry-level job prospects for OHS majors are expected to remain strong through at least 2020.