The Work Environment Profession Science Master's Options are 36 credits, interdisciplinary, and problem-focused. Graduates learn to recognize, evaluate and control occupational and environmental health and safety issues. Technical preparation in such fields as statistics, toxicology, aerosol physics, analytical chemistry, and biomechanics is taught with direct applications to the identification, control and elimination of health and environmental hazards. Students also learn the dynamics of the workplace the sociology, political science and economics of systems of production.
The Work Environment PSM options follow the same courses as the current master’s degree programs with the addition of a one credit internship for students who do not have substantial professional work experience in their field.
Professional Science Master's Option - Occupational & Environmental Hygiene
Professional Science Master's Option - Ergonomics & Safety
Professional Science Master's Option - Epidemiology
Professional Science Master's Option - Cleaner Production & Pollution Prevention
The admission requirements are the same as in the current master’s degree program:
STEM Courses (24 credits total)
STEM Required Courses for ALL PSM options (9 Credits):
STEM Required SPECIALIZATION Courses (15 Credits)
OEHOccupational & Environmental Hygiene
ESErgonomics and Safety
cpppCleaner Production/Pollution Prevention
(Other Graduate level courses outside of the Department of Work Environment may be chosen as STEM electives with advisory committee approval.)
PLUS courses (9 credits total)
PLUS Required Course for all PSM Options (3 credits):
PLUS BUSINESS SPECIALIZATION Courses (6 credits total):
Occupational & Environmental Hygiene
Ergonomics and Safety
Cleaner Production/Pollution Prevention
Approved PLUS Elective Courses:
Business of Work Environment:
(Additional PLUS course choices will be available from a list of approved courses provided by the PSM Coordinating Committee to include additional qualified courses from the College of Management and other relevant departments).
Internship (1 credit)
A Professional Internship is required for students in this program and is expected to be a minimum of 350 hours and have 3-6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research laboratories. Internships or research project experiences will typically take place in industries and government agencies. Research experience can also be obtained at the University or other Research Centers.
To be eligible for the Professional Internship, students will be required to have 1) completed a minimum of 12 credits of STEM courses, 2) completed a minimum of 6 credits of PLUS courses, 3) attained an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and 4) permission of the Graduate Coordinator. The internship will typically be undertaken in the summer between the first and second years, with continuation into the final year in some cases.
Students that have previous or current professional employment experience may request to waive the internship requirement, however, in these cases, a new project experience will be required that adds to the student’s current set of skills.
Capstone Experience - Required for all PSM Options (2 credits)
PUBH.6000 (0 credits) and PUBH.6020 (2 credits) are the courses for the Work Environment Capstone. The capstone courses are taken in the second (final) year of the program with PUBH.6000 taken in the Fall and PUBH.6020 in the spring semester.
All students will be required to submit a final written report and give oral presentation on their internship work during the capstone course in their final semester. All post-internship students will participate in this capstone class, as will all professionally employed students who have had the internship waived.