Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes
The academic program in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray
State University provides a comprehensive, broad-based educational background to prepare
practical-oriented and academically sound graduates for entry-level and advanced positions
in the safety, health and environmental profession. The undergraduate and graduate
degree programs are designed to provide the technical and professional knowledge required
by individuals pursuing careers in safety management, occupational health, industrial
hygiene, loss/risk control management, ergonomics, emergency planning and response,
and environmental health and safety. Our graduates are academically prepared to pursue
advanced degrees in higher education. Our mission and purpose include:
- having a core value of teaching excellence to provide quality education that prepares
the very best graduates possible to serve in the challenging roles as safety, health
and environmental professionals;
- placing a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with business
and industry, government agencies and other universities at home and abroad;
- emphasizing student-centered learning and educational experiences that include internships,
co-ops, study abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, and
professional organizations that enhance and strengthen their academic preparation;
- preparing graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically orientated
society and an increasingly interdependent world;
- conducting research to contribute to the scientific safety, health and environmental
- assisting the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology and
the university at large in achieving their missions.
PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the occupational safety and health undergraduate and graduate programs
at Murray State University are to prepare graduates who
1. apply a broad educational background in mathematics, science, technology and management
as occupational safety and health professionals in state, regional, national or international
levels in industry, government or academia;
2. are critical thinkers and anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions
and practices, and implement effective hazard control strategies in such areas as
accident prevention, safety management, occupational health, industrial hygiene, loss/risk
control management, ergonomics, emergency planning and response, and environmental
health and safety;
3.are effective communicators and ethical leaders within the occupational safety
and health profession; and
4. pursue life-long learning to effectively practice within a rapidly evolving, continually
changing and increasingly diverse global environment.
Baccalaureate and master of science degree students graduating from the occupational
safety and health programs at Murray State University will demonstrate the
a. ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences in the
safety and health field.
b. ability to analyze and interpret data pertinent to the safety and health field,
and to design and conduct experiments.
c. ability to develop and implement hazard control methods, procedures, programs,
and system designs to meet desired needs.
d. ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e. ability to anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices,
and to identify and solve applied science problems.
f. understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g. ability to communicate effectively.
h. broad education necessary to understand safety and health issues within a global
and societal context.
i. recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning in
safety and health.
j. knowledge of contemporary safety and health issues.
k. ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools
necessary for professional practice.