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Master of Science in Applied Health Science Degree (M.S.A.H.S.), Online Safety Management Major

Description of Program

Protecting America's workforce, the general public, and the environment from injury and illness in today's age of technological and scientific advancement has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields available. The safety programs in School of Public Health-Bloomington prepare students to respond to the needs of employees and the public, analyze hazardous situations, and research government regulations to determine which problems pose significant hazards. Safety managers recognize and devise methods to control hazards with management skills and techniques needed to administer a department or facility.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours is required for the safety management program. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course. A minimum of 20 credits must be in the Department of Applied Health Science.

Complete the following requirements to reach a minimum total of 30 graduate credits:

Public Health Foundations Requirement (0 credits)
All new master's degree students must complete the Public Health Foundations online course no later than the end of their first semester of graduate study. Complete details and registration information for this course can be found

Required Safety Management Program Courses (27 credits)

Complete the following research course (3 cr.):

  • SPH-S 590 Introduction to Research in Safety Management (3 cr.)

Complete one of the following metrics courses (3 cr.):

  • SPH-S 650 Seminar in Safety Education, TOPIC: Metrics in Safety Management (3 cr.) (Recommended)
  • SPH-X 650 Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health (3 cr.)

Complete each of the following safety courses (21 cr.):

  • SPH-S 502 Instructional Strategies for Safety Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 513 Safety Management in Business and Industry (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 514 Safety Standards for Industry and Construction (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 515 Safety Performance Measures and Leadership (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 552 Principles and Concepts of Workplace Safety Behavior (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 610 Occupational Risk Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 632 Safety and Health Program Design (3 cr.)

Elective Course (3 cr.)

Complete a 3-credit graduate-level elective course to be selected in consultation with the Safety Management program academic advisor, based on student career goals and interests. (3 cr.)

Special Opportunities

Working professionals may become admitted to the degree program, and complete it without ever having to step foot on campus. Students will have access to the IU Safety & Industrial Hygiene Laboratory.

The M.S.A.H.S. in Safety Management Program is considered a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, which means it is an academic degree program in safety, health, and/or environmental practices that meets BCSP standards and whose curriculum shows a substantial match with the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) examination blueprint. As a result, upon graduation, students can apply for and receive the Graduate Safety Professional Designation (GSP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.


Safety professionals frequently have responsibility for a variety of functions; they must have a broad knowledge of various fields. Some of the major functions performed include safety training, accident investigation, audits and inspections, hazard analysis, fire protection, compliance, machine guarding, and emergency preparedness. According to a recent survey of American Society of Safety Professionals, the largest employer groups are manufacturing, construction, consulting firms, insurance, service industries, health care, transportation, utilities, and nonprofit and government organizations. Typical job titles include safety manager, safety director, safety specialist, and safety & health coordinator.

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