Online Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety

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.

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Graduate in as few as 2.5 years.

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Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

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Improve your education while remaining active as a safety professional.

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Benefit from EKU’s interactive course delivery and discussion boards.

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Veteran faculty of safety professionals with public & private sector experience.

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Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Rankings and Accreditation

Top Badge

Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor's 2016

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.

Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Eastern Kentucky University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

“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
OSH 261 Principles of Occupational Safety and Health 3 Credits
OSH 262 Principles of Occupational Safety and Health Legislation 3 Credits
OSH 300 Safety Training Strategies 3 Credits
OSH 350 Measurement of Safety Performance 3 Credits
OSH 366 Hazard Identification and Control 3 Credits
OSH 367 Human Factors in Occupational Safety 3 Credits
OSH 379 Construction Safety 3 Credits
OSH 390 Workers Compensation I 3 Credits
OSH 410W Safety Management Systems 3 Credits
OSH 412 Safety and Health Program Management 3 Credits
OSH 495 Senior Capstone 3 Credits

“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