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 designed to prepare academically sound graduates with practical experience for positions in the occupational safety, health, and environmental profession.


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:

  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 the
  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.


Baccalaureate and master of science degree students graduating from the occupational safety and health programs at Murray State University must 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.