Program Overview

Oakland University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety which is a degree that focuses on the practices and the environment of workers for the purpose protecting them, and the general public, from injury and illness.  Professionals in the field work hard to anticipate, identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards which expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm.  Some major concerns are chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, mechanical, and electrical causes of injuries in the work environment.  

Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework.  Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations.  The difference, of course, is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom; for instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room.  Not all programs are completely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately.  Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses.  Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).

The Occupational Health and Safety program takes a proactive approach to hazard elimination and curriculum blends specialized applied science and technical skills together with communications and general education courses.  The program at Oakland University meets the recommendation for educational outcomes established by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).  In total, 125 to 126 credit hours are required for graduation.  Major courses make up 49 to 50 credits of course work.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET


    Majors must achieve minimum course grades of 2.0 in science core prerequisite courses and in required OSH courses.

    School Overview

    Oakland University was founded in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University. In 1959, what is now Oakland University opened under the name Michigan State University-Oakland. When it first opened there were only 570 students and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. In 1963, Michigan State University-Oakland was renamed Oakland University. Today it remains the only major public research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. Part of the mission of OU is “...In all its activities, Oakland University strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment."

    Students enrolled at Oakland University have the choice of choosing a major in one of six different schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education and Human Services
    • School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • School of Health Science
    • School of Nursing

    To accommodate the busy lives of many of the students at Oakland University, there are a slew of online courses and many bachelor's and master's programs that can be completed entirely online. There are also numerous certificates that can be completed online and other degrees that can be completed partially online.


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