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.
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:

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly-defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the safety and health field.
2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure, or program to meet desired needs.
3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data pertinent to the safety and health field, and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific safety and health solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.