Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Program

Program Description

If you have an inquisitive mind and enjoy subjects such as mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, you probably would find a career in safety interesting. Another important indicator is an interest in helping people. This is a primary reason that drives many of the activities of safety professionals. (Source: The American Society of Safety Professionals)

Occupational Safety & Environmental Health

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH)

Millersville University (MU) offers an undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH). The OSEH program strives to develop well-rounded OSEH professionals uniquely capable of protecting employees and the general public from work-related injuries and illnesses, while also protecting company assets and interests. To achieve this goal, the OSEH program has established a Bachelor of Science curriculum that prepares students for responsibilities that can include injury & illness prevention, environmental protection, ergonomics, fire protection, industrial hygiene, safety engineering, system safety and safety management.


  • OSEH students can minor in any of the concentrations offered in the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology.

Click here to view a typical 4-year program of study. This is provided for reference only. You will work closely with your advisor to determine the best way for you to complete your degree.


Program Learning Objectives

The OSEH program is designed for people interested in professions in the occupational safety and environmental health fields. Objectives of the program include:

  • Prepare students to enter the occupational safety and environmental health profession as a generalist with the skills necessary to begin a successful career.
  • Encourage interest in continued professional development and lifelong learning through formal graduate study and other professional development courses, programs, and opportunities.
  • Foster the students’ ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and apply scientific principles to resolve safety and environmental health related issues.
  • Provide the fundamental education necessary to achieve the academic eligibility requirements to qualify for professional certification exams in Occupational Safety & Health.
  • Provide a solid educational foundation on which the graduate can build a career in an OSEH field, as well as pursue a multitude of broad scientific, social, and culturally based opportunities.
  • Prepare students to function within multidisciplinary team environments.


Graduates of the B.S. OSEH program will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.


Internship Opportunities

The internship requirement in the Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH) program at Millersville University has always been considered the most valuable component of our students’ academic experience. The typical OSEH Intern has completed four years of undergraduate studies, with a balance of courses in safety, environmental health, and the sciences. Through the Internship, students make a very important transition from college study about a profession to actual experience within that profession. Interns are expected to work a regular shift of approximately 40 hours per week for a full semester.


Minor in Occupational Safety

A minor in Occupational Safety is available for students from any discipline.


  • Hours of Operation

    Office Hours:
    7:30am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday


  • Featured Alumna

    Ms. Teresa BreslinMs. Teresa Breslin (MU Class of 2008, Occupational Safety & Environmental Health) talks about her current career as a Field Safety Engineer with Monroe Energy. Click here to see how Teresa's degree in Occupational Safety & Environmental Health is helping in her role and learn more about her plans for the future.

  • Download the Info

    Occupational Safety & Environmental Health at Millersville University.

    Click on the image or click here to download the Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Information Sheet.


  • OSEH Grads May Become

    Approximately 88% of our graduates have found employment in the Environmental Health and Safety profession. The largest employers of Safety Professionals are manufacturing, service industries, construction, insurance, consulting firms and the government. A sampling of job titles held by OSEH graduates include the following:

    • Health & Safety Manager
    • Risk Manager
    • Safety Representative
    • Safety Manager
    • Safety Engineer
    • Industrial Hygienist
    • Safety & Health Consultant
    • Ergonomist
  • OSEH Program Coordinator

    mailto:Jack.Ogutu@millersville.edu?subject=Question from OSEH Web site

    Dr. Jack Ogutu is the program coordinator for the Occupational Safety & Environmental Health program. Please email Dr. Ogutu if you have any questions about the OSEH program, or if you would like more information. His email address is Jack.Ogutu@millersville.edu.

  • Top Three Reasons

    Top 3 Reasons to choose OSEH at MU.

    1. An opportunity to protect people and the environment.
    2. High job satisfaction.
    3. Excellent employment opportunities & starting salaries.
  • Laboratory Facilities

    There are four separate laboratory facilities dedicated to the OSEH program:

    • Safety Engineering
    • Fire Prevention & Control
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Ergonomics
  • OSEH Advisory Committee

    All of the programs within the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology rely on current professionals to help shape the future of the curriculum. Leaders from the educational and industrial communities are selected to participate on advisory committees. Usually, advisory committees meet once in the spring and once in the fall to discuss curricular issues and to assist in other activities like accreditation compliance. If you are interested in being included in an advisory committee, please contact the appropriate content area supervisor who appears at the top of this page.

    Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Advisory Committee

  • Accreditation

    The OSEH program is one of only three schools in the nation that offers a degree that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) under the Environmental, Health, and Safety Criteria. Graduates of the program are eligible for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).