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School of Health Sciences
Environmental Health and Safety

Patrick Frazee, Program Director
Phone: (248) 364-8652

BS in Environmental Health and Safety

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The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program provides students with relevant exposure to basic science, engineering and behavioral science subjects, as well as a thorough introduction to environmental health, occupational safety and industrial hygiene concepts. Environmental Health and Safety professionals strive to identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards which expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm.

Since its beginning, OU's Environmental Health and Safety degree program has met the needs of the industrial community in responding to the increased national focus on workplace safety and health. Aspiring safety professionals from Michigan and across the country have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in this diverse and challenging field in order to improve workplace conditions in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and hospitals.

Visit the main Environmental Health and Safety program page for information about the degree, the faculty, and about careers within environmental health and safety. Visit the School of Health Sciences Academic Advising for a program checklist and 4-year plan.

What is EHS?
Environmental Health and Safety is a specified branch of the health professions focusing on the worker/environment interface. Protecting America's workers and the general public from injury and illness in today's age of technological advancement has become one of the most challenging and rewarding professions available. Environmental  Health and Safety professionals strive to identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards which expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm. The profession is concerned with prevention of injuries or occupational diseases that may occur with the interaction between the worker and the chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, mechanical, electrical and other forces in the work environment.

The Environmental  Health and Safety (EHS) program is multidisciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to basic sciences and behavioral science subjects as well as a thorough introduction to industrial hygiene and occupational safety concepts. A one-semester internship in the senior year of the program provides students with firsthand field experience in the practice of e nvironmental h ealth and safety. Internship placements are coordinated through the program director. Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities within industrial firms; insurance companies; construction companies; professional associations; local, state, and federal government; labor organizations; and many other occupational areas. Oakland's proximity to many of the nation's leading corporations provides a wealth of opportunities throughout the EHS curriculum, particularly for the internship and job placements.