Master of Science in Work Environment

Master of Science

Program Description

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.

Program Objectives

Work Environment Master's program is specifically designed to achieve the following educational objectives:

  1. Technical Competence: Demonstrate a high level of technical and scientific competence in the application of the fundamentals of recognition, evaluation, control and prevention of occupational and environmental hazards.
  2. Analytic Competence: Demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems through observation, literature review, measurement and data analysis.
  3. Effective Communication: Utilize effective oral and written communications to interact with technical and lay audiences around occupational and environmental health issues.
  4. Effective Teamwork: Work independently and as part of an occupational and environmental health team to address complex problems in occupational and environmental health.
  5. Ethical Practice: Understand the moral, ethical, legal and professional responsibilities for the protection of occupational and environmental health and integrate an awareness of social and global issues into practice.
  6. Life long Learning: Understand the need to engage in life-long learning and undertake appropriate activities to address this need, including professional advancement leading to professional certification.

Admission Requirements

  • An application completed online at the Graduate Admissions page.
  • Transcripts from a completed BA or BS degree in any field, or senior-year status, with an overall GPS of at least 3.0. Students who are successful in the Work Environment program typically have degrees in science, health science or engineering.
  • Grades of C or better in required, prerequisite college-level courses. At least one year of college-level math and science (statistics, human physiology or anatomy, organic chemistry and physics highly recommended).
  • Three letter of recommendation of individuals able to judge an applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • A statement of purpose, typically a 1-2 page document providing information about the applican's future plans, a description of how th MS degree fits into these plans an evidence of an applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • A professional resume.
  • GRE scores. The GRE requirement may be waived with a prior graduate degree or with successful completion of a College of Health Science certificate or completion of 4 required graduate courses with a GPA of >or = 3.3 (B+).

For International Applicants

  • TOEFL scores of at least 79 (internet based) are required
  • Transcripts from college outside the United States must be certified by a credentialing agency such as WES or CED. To receive prerequisite credit for undergraduate courses in statistics, biology or anatomy and physiology, the document must be a course-by-course certification, not simply a general summary evaluation of a degree program.

All other materials required for a completed graduate application package as defined by the Graduate Admissions Office.

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.

Course Requirements

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.

  • Curriculum Plan - Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH)

Public Health Core Courses

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.5030 Ergonomics and Work 3 credits
PUBH.5510 Work Environment Policy & Practice 3 credits
PUBH.5750 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
PUBH.6000 Capstone I / Practicum I 3 credits
PUBH.6010 Capstone II / Practicum II 3 credits

Hygiene Option Courses

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.5100 Fundamentals Occupational Environmental Health 3 credits
PUBH.5400 Occupational Safety Engineering 3 credits
PUBH.6140 Evaluation of Work Environmental Hazards 3 credits
PUBH.6150 Solutions for Work Environment 3 credits
PUBH.6161 Exposure and Risk Assessments 3 credits
PUBH.6191 Measurement Airborne Contaminants (with Labs) 3 credits

Public Health Elective

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.XXXX Public Health Elective 3 credits

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).

Public Health Core Courses

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.5030 Ergonomics and Work 3 credits
PUBH.5510 Work Environment Policy & Practice 3 credits
PUBH.5750 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
PUBH.6000 Capstone I / Practicum I 3 credits
PUBH.6010 Capstone II / Practicum II 3 credits

Ergonomics and Safety Option Courses

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.5300 Ergonomics and Work 3 credits
PUBH.5311 Occupational Biomechanics 3 credits
PUBH.5400 Occupational Safety Engineering 3 credits
PUBH.6140 Evaluation of Work Environment Hazards 3 credits

Public Health Electives

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.XXXX Public Health Elective I 3 credits
PUBH.XXXX Public Health Elective II 3 credits
PUBH.XXXX Public Health Elective III 3 credits

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.

Public Health Courses

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.5030 Ergonomics and Work 3 credits
PUBH.5510 Work Environment Policy & Practice 3 credits
PUBH.5750 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
PUBH.6000 Capstone I / Practicum I 3 credits
PUBH.6010 Capstone II / Practicum II 3 credits

Dual Option Courses

Course# Course Name Cr.
PUBH.5100 Fundamentals Occupational Environmental Health 3 credits
PUBH.5300 Ergonomics and Work 3 credits
PUBH.5311 Occupational Safety Engineering 3 credits
PUBH.5400 Occupational Safety Engineering 3 credits
PUBH.6140 Evaluation of Work Environmental Hazards 3 credits
PUBH.6150 Solutions for Work Assessments 3 credits
PUBH.6161 Exposure and Risk Assessments 3 credits
PUBH.6191 Measurement Airborne Contaminants (with Labs) 3 credits

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.