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Title: Occupational Health and Safety Masters Program

Occupational Health and Safety Masters Program
  • Mala L. (Don) Beard, PhD, CIH
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Department of Engineering Technology and
    Industrial Studies

  • Established 1911
  • First Graduating Class 1914
  • A TN Board of Reagents University
  • 7 Colleges
  • 9 Chairs of Excellence
  • 22,000 undergraduate students. It is the
    fastest growing of Tennessee 4 year Universities

Department of Engineering Technology Industrial
  • Academically located in the College of Basic and
    Applied Sciences
  • Vocational Arts (Later ETIS present as a
    department from the beginning)
  • 16 Faculty Members
  • 7 staff members
  • Physically Located in Vooheries Industrial
    Studies Bldg and Midgett Business Building

Department of Engineering Technology Industrial
  • Undergraduate concentrations include
  • Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Concrete Industry Management
  • Construction management Technology

Department of Engineering Technology Industrial
  • Undergraduate concentrations include
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Energy Resource Management
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Planning
  • Site Analysis
  • Water Resources

Requirements for Admission to MTSUs OHS Program
within ETIS
  • Bachelors Degree from an Accredited College or
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • No absolute GRE score but is used in conjunction
    with undergraduate Grade and the grades of any
    preliminary graduate course grades

Occupational Health and Safety Concentration
  • Both Thesis (Plan A) or Non-thesis Options (Plan
  • Thesis options requires the completion of 24
    semester hours and a 6 hour credit thesis
    approved by students committee and the Department
    of Graduate Studies
  • Non-thesis requires the completion of 36 hours.
    For both plans 18 hrs must be in the major.
    Student can elect to complete a minor of 12 hours
    in certain programs.

  • For Plan A (thesis) 21 of the 30 course hours
    must be at the 6,000 level.
  • For Plan B (non-thesis) 26 of the 36 course hours
    must be at the 6,000 level
  • Either plan can include a cognate of 6 semester
    hours in management and marketing, computer
    science, economics, psychology or
    vocational-technical education.

Graduation Requirements
  • Maintain a 3.0 (B) Average
  • Complete and Pass a Comprehensive Written and
    Oral Defense of Exam and Thesis (Plan A) prepared
    by a Faculty Committee of 3.
  • Complete either as an undergrad or graduate
    student an approved research tool to include at
    least one course in statistics with a grade of C
    or better. Other research tool course include
    foreign languages, computer programming or
    computer applications courses.

Occupation Health and Safety Concentration
  • Night Time Program (Earliest scheduled class is
    industrial hygiene from 430-730 once per week.
  • Most other Classes are 6-9 pm
  • 15 week semester
  • Approximate 2/3 to ¾ of program students are part
    time students working full time.

Major Professor
  • Public Health Professional of 30 years of
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • BS Animal Science University of TN- 69
  • Masters in Public Health U of Oklahoma-74
  • Ph.D. Environmental Health (Conc. I.H.)-94)

Personal Philosophy of Teaching Occupational
Health and Safety
  • Safety is an applied discipline and academic
    courses can only take you part of the way to the
    goal of being an SHE professional.
  • Life long learning on the job, professional
    organizations, short courses, professional
    conferences and professional interaction must be
    practiced as well.

Personal Philosophy of Teaching Occupational
Health and Safety
  • Courses will include regular tests usually a
    combination of short answer, multiple choice,
    matching, discussion, calculations (IH) and
  • Take home discussion question exams
  • Most Courses will involve writing such as a
    technical paper, term paper, safety program
    chapter, Company OEL justification etc.
  • An oral presentation (PowerPoint) on an assigned
    topic is a usual requirement.

Personal Philosophy of Teaching Occupational
Health and Safety
  • The Occupation Health and Safety Program at MTSU
    must be a generalist program. It is not designed
    to be either a pure Safety or Industrial Hygiene
    program but is a blend of both with a minor
    amount of Environmental considerations.

MTSU Occupational Health and Safety and Industry
  • In order to force more real world experience
    into our courses there is usually one industry
    component to each course.
  • Safety Hazard Assessments, JSA or JHAs,
    Industrial Hygiene Assessments and Sampling,
    producing with policies on various topic are
    typical assignments

Industries that have Assisted with Student
  • Saturn Corp.
  • Bridgestone-Firestone
  • Calsonic
  • Eaton
  • Paulo
  • Goodrich Landing Gear Co
  • Numerous others independent studies by

Courses in OHS - Major
  • Safety Planning (ETIS 6010) The human Side of
    Safety includes discussion into history of safety
    movement, accident causation theory, safety
    motivation techniques, Worker Comp, EAP Programs,
    Accident Investigation Reporting, ADA, FMLA,
    Workplace Violence Programs, Safety Committees,
    Worker Stress Psychology Human Resource
    Management, Environmental and Quality Management
    Programs related to safety ISO 9000, ISO14,000,
    OHSA 18,000, Training Methods and Techniques

Courses in Occupational Health and Safety Major
  • Safety Technology Engineering (ETIS 6020) More
    Technical Areas
  • Topics Risk Analysis, Data and Information
    Sources, OSHA programs
  • Machine Guarding, LOTO, Machine Guarding,
    Electrical Safety, Fire Prevent and Control,
    Waling Working Surface Hazards, Fall Protection
    Hazards, PPE, Haz. Comm., Chemical Hygiene and
    Process Safety Management, Metal Working Hazards
  • Transportation Safety
  • Excavation and Trenching
  • Course is my advanced version of
  • OSHA 501 course OSHA 30 hour card

Courses in OHS - Major
  • Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (ETIS
  • A projects based Course that has three
  • Environmental Assessment either ISO 14,000 or
    Phase I Site Assessment Exercise
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessment (CO2, CO, Mold,
  • Ventilation System Assessment (Exhaust
    Ventilation and General Dilution Ventilation
    measurement and written assessment.

Courses in OHS - Major
  • Industry Hygiene ET-4540/5450 History of IH,
    Respiratory System, Occupational Disease,
    Sampling Gases, Vapors and Particulates,
  • Noise Assessment, Hearing Conservation, and Noise
  • Heat Stress, Non-Ionizing Radiation, Laser Safety
  • Incorporates 3 sampling Lab experiences.

Courses in OHS - Major
  • ETIS 6070 Anthropometric Factors in Accident
    Prevention An introduction to ergonomic factors
    in injury and accident prevention

Courses in OHS - Major
  • Air, Noise and Hazardous Waste (EST-4780/4780)
  • Course examine Air Pollution, Environmental Noise
    and Hazardous Materials Response and Incorporates
    a 24 hour Hazardous Materials Response Course
    into the course. A separate certificate is give
    for the 24 hour HazMat Response portion of the

Courses in OHS - Major
  • Industrial Safety ET 4420/5420 Required of all
    departmental majors. Basic OSHA Programs Text is
    Safety for Supervisors
  • Fire Safety ET 4440/5440 Fire Hazards,
    Prevention Techniques and Systems , Fire
    Prevention and Inspection techniques.

Courses in OHS - Major
  • Thesis Research (ETIS 6640)
  • Methods of Research (ETIS 6620)
  • Independent Study Courses
  • ETIS 6510/6520 Problems in Industrial Studies
  • ETIS 6910/6920 Problems in Engineering Technology

  • Strong Points of The MTSU OHS Program
  • Easy Commuting Distance from majority of Middle
  • Night program geared toward the part-time student
  • A Generalist Program that provides entry level
    experience and training in Occupational Health
    and Safety. Teaches information gather techniques
    and OSH program building techniques and sources
  • Program Flexibility to tailor the program to
    interest of the student
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