Protect the public and promote human health.
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:
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.
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)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Through our community partnerships, our students have found internship and mentorship experiences at:
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.
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:
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:
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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