Oregon State University's "Occupational Safety and Health Training Grant" was created to provide students with a sound educational experience in occupational health and safety, including academic coursework, practical experience and research. The program was a coordinated graduate degree program in occupational safety and health within the Departments of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (IME) and Public Health (PH) at Oregon State University. Separately administered academic programs led to a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in human systems engineering, or an M.S. degree in Environment, Safety and Health Sciences with an emphasis in occupational safety. The program was designed to prepare students for careers as ergonomists, human factors engineers, and safety specialists in both the private and governmental sectors. The core curriculum for the program consisted of 5 quarter courses in Public Health focusing on safety and industrial hygiene, and 5 quarter courses in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering focusing on ergonomics and human factors engineering. Additional courses within the program of each student were selected to fulfill the requirements of each academic degree program (IME or PH) and to reflect each student's interests, background, and employment objectives. All students were required to complete an M.S. thesis directed at a research topic in occupational safety, or to complete a research project-in-lieu-of-thesis. Non-thesis research projects for students supported by the training grant addressed in-plant applied research problems. Five trainees were recruited into the program and supported with NIOSH funding. All have gone into industry or government safety, ergonomics, or human factors positions. Four completed all studies, earning Master of Science degrees. A fifth plans to complete and defend his thesis, thereby meeting all graduation requirements, by the end of the year.
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 118 Covel Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-2407