Master of Science
Our Program provides training and research on the identification, characterization and control of chemical, physical, psychosocial and biological risks associated with work environments as well as in understanding and developing respect for the complex social, political and economic context in which environmental and occupational health problems must be studies and addressed. Our model of research and education integrates a rigorous scientific methodology with practical collaboration with the region's industry, labor, communities and governments to design safer and cleaner systems of production.
Graduates of the Master of Science program will be prepared to become prevention practitioners in one of two work environment options (occupational and environmental hygiene [OEH] or occupational ergonomics/safety [OES]). A dual option master's degree that combines these two options is also possible by completing all required courses for both options.
Work Environment Master's program is specifically designed to achieve the following educational objectives:
For International Applicants
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Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program
For UMass Lowell undergraduate degree students to continue their studies towards an advanced degree. Please see the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program for details.
For Keene State undergraduate degree students to continue their studies towards an advanced degree. We have an articulation agreement with Keene State. Please see the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program for details.
Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH)
With your master's degree in OEH, you'll have the tools to no only keep people healthy, but also productive at work. You'll learn to diagnose exposure problems, develop sampling strategies, and collect and measure samples to diagnose environmental risk factors that threaten worker health and safety. You'll also study how to design and implement more sustainable production systems.
Occupational Ergonomics and Safety (OES)
With this degree you'll prepare for a career recognizing, evaluating and controlling the hazards that result from a poor fit between the worker and the workplace. You'll develop an understanding of human anatomy, physiology and psychology, as well as industrial hygiene and epidemiology, manufacturing technology and work organization. With this knowledge, you'll be able to create processes that optimize skill utilization and learning, and physiological an psychological well-being.
Curriculum Plan - Occupational Ergonomics and Safety (OES).
Dual Option in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and Occupational Ergonomics and Safety
A dual option master's degree that combines these two options is also possible by completing all required courses for both options. This dual option will require a total of 39 credits with no electives. Other dual options are available by combining Occupational and Environmental Hygiene or Occupational Ergonomics and Safety with Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Cleaner Production/Pollution Prevention or Work Environment Policy.
Curriculum Plan - Dual Option in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and Occupational Ergonomics and Safety.
Note: Part-Time plans of study can be arraigned in consultation with an academic advisor. Full-time plans of study that begin in the spring semester will include the same courses taken in a slightly different order.