Online Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management with a concentration in Occupational Safety Curriculum

Degree Requirement: 36 credit hours

Core Courses

SSE 815 Safety, Security & Emergency Management Administration

Examines administrative principles regarding organizing/managing functional areas of fire, safety, and security. Development of organizational/administrative structure to include policy formulation, objectives, managerial tasks, and impact evaluations within safety, security and emergency management frameworks.

SSE 826 Emergency Preparation and Response

In-depth study of the planning process, program development, training and assessment for response to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters within the public and private sectors.

SSE 827 Issues in Security Management

Survey of salient issues and concerns confronting security managers. Examines the application and contribution of various management concepts and philosophies to assets protection issues such as information security, personnel protection, threat analysis, technological adaptation, and resource allocation.

SSE 833 Legislation & Legal Compliance

Comprehensive study and analysis of federal/state regulations and legislation such as OSHA and EPA, which mandate compliance with certain safety, health, and environmental conditions and practices relating to work performed in occupational, industrial, and comparable settings.

SSE 865 Auditing for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Theory and application of auditing in safety, fire, security and emergency management settings. Comprehensive study of risk/threat exposure and assessment.

SSE 885 Quantitative Analysis in Safety, Security & Emergency Management

This course provides students with the understanding of advanced issues in identifying and evaluating problems related to safety, security, and emergency management by developing a systematic approach for evaluating evidence. Focusing on study design, measure of associations, confounding, interaction, and sources of bias and error, the student will gain an understanding of quantitative analysis and its contemporary role in SSEM.

General Electives

SSE 822 Workers’ Compensation / Labor Law

Comprehensive study of workers compensation and regulations; National Labor Relations Act; Title VII; A.D.E.A.; and other relevant laws applicable to the functional areas of safety, security and emergency management.

SSE 839 Applied Learning

Work under faculty and field supervisors in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours is required for each hour of academic credit.

SSE 841 Applied Study in Safety, Security and Emergency Management

Supervised study in safety, security and emergency settings to provide the student with an opportunity to synthesize theory and on-the-job situations. (Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.)

SSE 880 Research & Planning for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Identification/evaluation of problems, data interpretation, research/planning, models/applications for contemporary approaches to proactive safety, security and emergency management.

SSE 890 Lean Enterprise Practices in Safety and Emergency Services

A comprehensive review and discussion regarding lean management techniques in private industry and government. Topical applications include a history of lean management, process waste identification, creating flow in manufacturing and services. Creating standard workplaces and standard work to influence a safe culture of using the right tools for the right job tasks.

SSE 897 Independent Study

Designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to conduct individual research relating to safety, security and emergency management. Independent study proposal form required prior to enrollment. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours credit. (Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.)

SSE 898 Thesis

For students preparing a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master’s degree program. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.

Occupational Safety Concentration Electives

SSE 828 Industrial Safety Management

Investigation and analysis of hazard control principles relating to the management of personnel, facilities, and equipment, including control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, safety training, and pertinent safety management techniques.

OSH 379 Construction Safety 3 Credits

An in-depth analysis of the federal and Commonwealth of Kentucky’s OSHA requirements for construction safety.

SSE 834 Corporate Compliance

The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

SSE 845 Personal/Environmental Hazards

Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks within the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques, and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire, and security functions are emphasized.