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Program Details

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.


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

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