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 community; and
  • 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.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES  
Baccalaureate and master of science degree students graduating from the occupational safety and health programs at Murray State University will demonstrate the:
  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences in the safety and health field;
  2. Ability to analyze and interpret data pertinent to the safety and health field, and to design and conduct experiments;
  3. Ability to develop and implement hazard control methods, procedures, programs, and system designs to meet desired needs;
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. Ability to anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices, and to identify and solve applied science problems;
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. Ability to communicate effectively;
  8. Broad education necessary to understand safety and health issues within a global and societal context;
  9. Recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning in safety and health;
  10. Knowledge of contemporary safety and health issues; and
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice in the field of occupational safety and health;
PROGRAM CRITERION
Baccalaureate and master of science degree students graduating from the occupational safety and health programs at Murray State University will be able to:
  1. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices;
  2. Demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics and/or human factors;
  4. Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs;
  5. Apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology;
  6. Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes;
  7. Conduct accident investigations and analyses; and
  8. Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an intern, cooperative, or supervised experience.