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Curricular and instructional enhancement of the M.S. in risk control and minor in construction safety.

NIOSH 2005 Sep; :1-31
Purpose and Program Characteristics: The Master of Science degree program in Safety was approved by the University of Wisconsin-System and implemented in the fall of 1974. In 1994 the name of the program was changed to Master of Science in Risk Control. Since 1974 the program has evolved to reflect the needs, expectations and challenges of the field of health, safety and environmental regulations. The risk control perspective requires students to be competent beyond safety regulatory compliance. The philosophy of risk control attempts to extend, elevate and integrate the technical areas of safety engineering, industrial hygiene and environmental regulations from operational levels to managerial concerns. The program has produced approximately 400 graduates since its inception, with recent enrollment generally between 30 to 40 students annually. Classes are offered both in the daytime and evenings to accommodate those already professionally employed. The Construction Safety/Risk Control Minor was implemented in the fall of 1998 and has produced 17 graduates. The two UW-Stout programs, M.S in Risk Control and the B.S. in Construction collaborated to determine if a minor in construction safety could be developed without duplicating efforts and requiring additional resources. UW-Stout and UW-System approved the minor in the fall of 1998. The first students enrolled in the minor in the spring of 1999. This minor addresses an identified goal of the partnership between the construction industry and UW-Stout; which is to work together to address identified training needs in construction/safety risk control. Continuous improvement of both programs has been achieved by focusing on teaching and applied problem solving/research. The internal based funding from the University for these Programs, the development of partnerships with outside publics, including NIOSH, and the commitment of the core and supporting faculty also contribute to this effort. The purpose/objective of this program was to enhance the curriculum and instruction of the Master of Science Degree in Risk Control and minor in Construction Safety at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The specific focus of the enhancement effort was in three areas: financial assistance in recruitment of qualified students, faculty teaching flexibility and development, and instructional support.
Training; Education; Educational-resource-centers; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Risk-analysis
Dr. Elbert Sorrell, Director, Risk Control Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin