Three of the programs in the Safety, Health, and Industrial Hygiene Department have a special accreditation from the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The M.S. in Industrial Hygiene degree is delivered on the campus. The M.S. Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track degree is delivered online. The third is the B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognizes the quality of the ABET-accredited programs through a Training Project Grant. The grant funds are used for scholarships, travel, and faculty development. Students eligible for these funds are those pursuing the B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health and the M.S. in Industrial Hygiene.
The mission of the Montana Tech Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene Department is to serve students by supplying knowledge and providing high quality, accessible, science-based programs with educational objectives aimed at preparing students for success in safety and/or a health related career.
Educational Objectives & Outcomes
B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health (BS OSH No Option Degree)
During the first few years after graduating, OSH graduates are expected to attain the following:
- Establish a firm foundation for an OSH-related career during their first four years after graduating.
- Use their education to competently provide OSH services appropriate to their employment.
- Act professionally by engaging in career development, recognizing ethical responsibilities, supporting the profession, and being an informed and involved member of their community.
The OSH degree is structured to produce graduates with the abilities to do the following:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied science.
- Design and conduct common experiments, and analyze and interpret data.
- Formulate or design a system or program to meet desired needs.
- Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams.
- Identify and solve applied science problems.
- Know and apply ethical standards applicable to the practice of occupational safety and health.
- Communicate effectively.
- Understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.
- Recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in life-long learning.
- Know contemporary issues.
- Use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for the professional practice of OSH.
- Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
- Apply business and risk management concepts.
- Understand industrial hygiene, environmental science, and hazardous materials management.
- Understand fundamentals of industrial safety, fire science, and emergency management.
- Understand occupational ergonomics.
- Design and evaluate programs applicable to industrial safety, health, and environment.
- Develop applicable employee training programs using adult learning theory and understanding of training methodology.
- Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes.
- Conduct investigations of harmful incidents, analyze causation, and identify appropriate system improvements.
- Apply principles of OSH in a non-academic setting through an internship or supervised experience.
B.S. in occupational safety and health - applied health sciences option (BS OSH-AHS)
Objective 1. Graduates will have demonstrated through academic courses an understanding of the fundamental aspects of applied health science.
Upon graduation, the student should demonstrate an understanding of the following:
- Exercise physiology, anatomical kinesiology, laboratory testing techniques, health/fitness specialist certification, electrocardiography, and exercise testing and preparation.
- Movement science, athletic injury, fitness programs, and strength & conditioning.
- The subject matter required for admission to graduate schools programs in health care professions.
Objective 2. Graduates will be prepared to assume professional positions in the field of applied health science.
Each OSH-AHS graduate should be prepared for an entry-level position and demonstrate the following abilities:
- Evaluate current health behaviors, evaluate fitness, and prescribe health and exercise programs to reduce risk of lifestyle related diseases.
- Apply principles of health and fitness management.
- Develop applicable client training programs to improve health and reduce risk of lifestyle related diseases through understanding of training methodology.
- Identify and apply applicable standards of practice for fitness, lifestyles, and exercise programs.
- Design and evaluate programs applicable to improving health and fitness.
- Know ethical standards applicable to the practice of applied health science.
- Apply principles of applied health science in a non-academic setting through an internship or supervised experience.
Objective 3. Graduates will be familiar with the diverse knowledge and skills needed to become a lifelong learner and a contributor to society.
Each graduate should have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the following:
- Apply theoretical mathematical and scientific knowledge and principles to real-world situations.
- Recognize that educational diversity, both in and out of the classroom and of one's profession, broadens one's perspective and contributes to both personal and professional depth.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing.