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Environmental Health & Safety (BS)

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Protect the public and promote human health.

Why Study Environmental Health and Safety?

The occupational health and safety field is booming, especially in industry-rich Indiana. The northeast region of the state is home to many factories, government agencies and private consulting firms seeking qualified professionals who can help workplaces:

  • Prevent disease and injury
  • Address pollution and toxins
  • Comply with OSHA and other regulations

An environmental/occupational health and safety degree program will give you the scientific understanding, regulatory knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to enter this rewarding career path.

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Career Outlook & Success


Best Science Job: Environmental science and protection technicians (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)


Average annual salary for occupational health and safety specialists in Indiana, 2019 (BLS)


Expected career growth -- faster than average -- for environmental science and protection technicians (BLS)

Why USF for Health and Safety Training?

The University of Saint Francis built its hybrid (part on campus, part online) health and safety program to not only meet the needs of the industry, but also to provide greater flexibility to working students.

Practical Skills Today’s Employers Want

Your coursework will prepare you for a range of roles and responsibilities within the occupational health, hygiene and safety world. You’ll learn about workplace hazards, public health issues, environmental law and even chemical or biological emergencies through courses like:

  • Site Evaluation & Remediation
  • Emergency Response & Homeland Security
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Energy & Sustainability

Professional Characteristics Employers Need

As you prepare to enter the environmental science and public health field, USF’s Franciscan values of faith and reason will enrich your education and reinforce your desire to protect and respect God’s creation in nature.

Real-World Occupational Health and Safety Training

Experiment and Analyze in Hands-On Classes

In lab-based classes such as Experimental Design and Research Methods, you’ll hone your problem-solving and decision-making skills while also learning how to collect, store and analyze specimens and data.

Create and Innovate with Project-Based Coursework

Environmental health and safety majors at USF will collaborate with professors and classmates on experiment design, research and other project-based work. Also, through faculty-mentored research, you’ll also get to dive deeper into an environmental topic that interests you.

Gain Experience in a Professional Setting

Through our community partnerships, our students have found internship and mentorship experiences at:

  • Cooper Tire
  • Praxair
  • Raytheon Company
  • SES Environmental
  • SevenGen

Faculty & Facilities

Well-known in the region for excellence in biological sciences and health professions education, USF’s environmental health and safety program brings together scholars and practitioners from across the disciplines. You’ll learn from experts in public health, epidemiology, environmental law, chemistry, human resources and more.

Our campus is home to state-of-the-art science and ecology labs on campus, plus a vibrant greenhouse and restored prairie, both of which give you plenty of opportunity for hands-on learning.

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What Can You Do With an Occupational Health and Safety Degree?

With OSHA regulations in place in most workplaces, environmental health and safety training is relevant to nearly any field, from construction companies and consulting firms to healthcare and manufacturing. Possible positions include:

  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Environmental remediation/clean-up specialists
  • Compliance inspector/office
  • Environmental health and safety manager
  • Product safety engineer
  • Fire protection and prevention engineer
  • HazMat investigator

Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

USF’s online health and safety program draws on our long-time success of preparing graduates for environmental science and healthcare careers. Our alumni makes a difference in companies and organizations such as:

  • ACM Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Allen County Department of Health
  • City of Fort Wayne City Utilities
  • Fort Wayne Metals
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Raytheon
  • Science Central
  • SevenGen

I feel incredibly lucky to have a job at SevenGen lined up, but that happens at USF! I can honestly say that everything I’ve learned in the classroom has been applicable to the field.

Madison Young ’20

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