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Grand Valley State University    
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Mar 19, 2019
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Occupational Safety and Health Management - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing  section in this catalog.


Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in occupational safety and health management.

The occupational safety and health management curriculum is designed to fulfill the undergraduate educational requirements of those wishing to enter the professional safety field. Considerable federal and state legislation enacted during the past half century has firmly established safety as a fundamental goal for improving the quality of work life in this country. Occupationally related injuries and illnesses are extensive and profoundly affect every element of our society. The demand for competent, fully qualified safety professionals to assume positions within government, industry, and community agencies is increasing.

Grand Valley’s B.S. in occupational safety and health management degree is structured to provide students with the proper balance of safety management and scientific training required in the field. The program prepares graduates for careers in both the private and public sectors.

The B.S. in occupational safety and health management degree is a secondary admission program. Because many of the occupational safety and health courses serve students in other majors or minors (as elective credit) students wishing to take particular OSH courses should seek instructor approval. The following courses are not open to non-OSH majors: OSH 390, OSH 416, OSH 440, OSH 490, or OSH 495. A student who has declared an OSH major is assigned an academic advisor from the professional advising staff in student services for the first two years and then from the faculty of the OSH Department after secondary admission.

Industry Involvement

Grand Valley’s OSHM degree program has a firm foundation of industrial support. Michigan and local industries are sought out to contribute to the development of the OSH curriculum by providing both financial support and opportunities for internships and other experiential learning opportunities for students. The OSH program is served by an Industrial Advisory Board composed of OSH professionals. 


The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Management  

Occupational Safety and Health Minor