Keep the Nation’s Workforce Safe.
Each day millions of Americans come home from work safely in part because of the efforts of dedicated safety professionals. Our bachelor’s degree in safety can help you grow within the industry and cement a career as a leader in the effort to protect workers. Expand your knowledge and understanding of the field by diving into topics ranging from employee safety education to regulatory compliance to policy and enforcement.
EKU is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. This allows graduates of our bachelor’s program to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) credential, which is a necessary requirement for earning a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.
Professional opportunities with internships and career development.
Rankings and Accreditation
Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
Listed as a best online bachelor’s degree program.
Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.
Ranked 9th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.
What you can learn
The core of our bachelor’s degree in safety is a comprehensive look at occupational safety concepts and how to implement them.
Choose EKU online and you can:
- Study the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its rules, regulations and enforcement policy.
- Learn to identify and analyze potential workplace hazards, infractions and risks.
- Discover new ways to keep workers safe, and design and implement corrective safety measures.
Topics of study include:
- Construction Safety
- Corporate Compliance
- Development of Safety Programs
- Emergency Management
- Fire Protection
- Management Techniques
- Risk Identification and Countermeasures
- Workplace Risk Factors
In addition, your bachelor’s in safety includes a minor in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology to help enhance your understanding of fire science, emergency decision-making and your overall value as an employee.
EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
“The faculty truly makes this degree program stand out. They give a strong foundation and enhance the curriculum with their industry experiences, which makes our graduates untouchable.”
— Michael Schumann, Faculty, College of Safety and Justice at EKU
Occupational Safety Core Courses (36 credit hours)
|OSH 110||Introduction to Safety Studies||3 Credits|
Students will develop the necessary writing , study, research resource, and Blackboard navigation skills necessary to successfully complete occupational safety related curriculum. Students will also be introduced to the profession, terminology of the field, and basic hazard recognition.
|OSH 261||Principles of Occupational Safety and Health||3 Credits|
In the Principles of Occupational Safety and Health course students explore the history of the development of occupational safety and health, the structure and functioning of OSHA according to the OSHA Act, methods of record-keeping, and receive an introduction to workers compensation. Other topics include: accident investigation, injury prevention, hazard control, workplace safety standards, compliance, employer’s responsibilities, and safety and health initiatives. (Pre-Req and/or Co-Req OSH 110)
|OSH 262||Principles of Occupational Safety and Health Legislation||3 Credits|
Review of OSHA standards with emphasis on compliance and liability reduction. Discussion of OSHA regulations including citations, penalties, inspections, and record keeping. (Prerequisite or Corequisite: OSH 261. )
|OSH 300||Safety Training Strategies||3 Credits|
Students will learn how to apply adult learning and technical training strategies to occupational training programs for management and workforce safety related topics.
|OSH 350||Measurement of Safety Performance||3 Credits|
Strategies and methods for calculating, analyzing, interpreting and communicating safety performance data. Presents lagging and leading metrics of safety, quantitative and qualitative statistical techniques, descriptive and inferential. (Prerequisite: OSH 261)
|OSH 366||Hazard Identification and Control||3 Credits|
Hands-on approach toward identification and control. Areas of study include noise levels, chemical land electrical hazards, air contaminants, and heat/cold stress. Control measures include administrative, engineering, and safeguarding methods. (Prerequisite: OSH 261, with a C or higher or departmental approval)
|OSH 367||Human Factors in Occupational Safety||3 Credits|
Focuses on ergonomics, man/machine interface and human efficiency. Study of work‑related stress, psychological factors, and Cumulative Trauma Disorders. Solutions are reviewed for common problems found in labor‑intensive operations. (Prerequisite or Corequisite: OSH 261)
|OSH 379||Construction Safety||3 Credits|
An in-depth analysis of the federal and Commonwealth of Kentucky’s OSHA requirements for construction safety.
|OSH 390||Workers Compensation I||3 Credits|
An in-depth study of the foundations of Workers Compensation law. Emphasis will be placed on the history and theory of injuries “arising out of” and being “in the course of” employment.
|OSH 410W||Safety Management Systems||3 Credits|
This writing-intensive course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to apply safety management systems components, hazard analysis, and causal analysis. (Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102; OSH 261)
|OSH 412||Safety and Health Program Management||3 Credits|
Emphasis on personnel aspects, communication, and motivation in managing safety and health programs. Practice in writing safety programs and implementing safety training. Evaluation of the effectiveness of various methods and programs. (Prerequisite or Corequisite: OSH 410)
|OSH 495||Senior Capstone||3 Credits|
Students examine case studies, examine real life situations, combine knowledge they have gained from previous coursework, analyze and develop strategies, develop countermeasures, engage in strategic planning and policy development and training. (Prerequisite: OSH 410 or 410W with a grade of C or higher)
“Graduates of EKU come straight out of school and are landing some great jobs, and the best part is that the companies are coming to EKU to recruit students directly.”
— Chad Clark, EKU graduate and Safety Associate for Georgia-Pacific