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Prerequisites for Incoming Students: Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.

NIOSH 1982 Feb:313-319
The common prerequisites for incoming students to baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in industrial safety and health were reviewed in light of the different types of programs, their differing philosophies, and their perceptions of industries' needs. The importance of the natural sciences, economics, statistics, and engineering for the undergraduate was emphasized. Core courses for most programs in occupational safety and health included industrial hygiene, safety, safety management, epidemiology, and human factors. The author noted that the undergraduate should understand the man machine interface and the problems generated due to faulty designs as well as modifications to be made to eliminate such hazards. The need to include safety engineering in all engineering curricula was recommended. Experience in occupational safety and health training has shown that graduate students with backgrounds in chemistry and biology have done well in safety engineering programs with adequate leveling courses. The author identified engineering economy as the one course in which most occupational safety and health specialists were deficient. The importance of ergonomics and the loss of certain graduate students to medical schools were discussed. An addendum was provided by Dr. Richard Pearson and Dr. Ralph Vernon, in which the NIOSH funded training program in occupational safety at North Carolina State University was described. The program involved M.S.I.E. students and Ph.D. candidates from psychology and industrial engineering. The leveling courses were reviewed with regard to the psychology students. The author indicated that desirable prerequisites included anatomy, physiology, mechanics, and experimental psychology. The need to support the career development of future educators in the safety field was emphasized. The authors suggested that the European trend involving the collaboration of ergonomists with work scientist might provide a model for U.S. educational safety programs.
Education; Safety-programs; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Industrial-hygienists; Regulations; Human-factors-engineering; Workplace-studies
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education: A Dialogue Between Two Communities, Division of Safety Research and Division of Training and Manpower Development, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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