School of Health Sciences
Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(248) 370-3562

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1014 Human Health Building
(248) 370-2369
Fax: (248) 364-8842

Average Safety Profession Salary

For information on the average salary of occupational safety and health professionals visit the 2015 Salary Survey by the American Society of Safety Engineers. The report looks at average salary based on education level and certification type, as well as other characteristics.

Another resource is the November 2016 issue of Safety+Health Magazine. In the issue the National Safety Council presents their salary survey findings for 2016. The survey also lists the percent of safety professionals in various age ranges, industries, and job titles.

2016 Job Outlook

The May 2016 edition of Safety+Health Magazine has published its 2016 job outlook for the safety and health profession.

SAFETY  2017
Environmental Health and Safety undergraduate students, Mary Asher and Erika Cleary, won GRAND PRIZE for their research poster at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO (June 19-22, 2017). Asher and Cleary, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Dr. Richard Olawoyin, conducted air quality model analysis in Detroit communities with correlative outcomes of identifying the surge of Asthma and Respiratory Diseases in those areas. The title of their award winning abstract was "Indoor Air Quality Assessment (IAQ-A) in River Rouge and Dearborn, Michigan and the Incidence of Asthma and Respiratory Diseases".

Internship and Job Postings

Oakland University Career Services posts many internship and job opportunities for the safety and health profession. All postings can be found by logging into Handshake, the career development platform.  Visit the site often for the latest opportunities available. 

Undergraduate Study

B.S. in Environmental
Health and Safety

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety curriculum spans the basic sciences, applied safety sciences and management principals essential for success as a safety professional. This degree is available both online and on campus.

View a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety and the 4-year plan of study.

Click the link to learn more about the Experiential Learning component of the EHS program.

Grade point policy

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) majors must achieve minimum course grades of 2.0 in science core prerequisite courses and minimum 2.5 in required EHS courses. A final course grade below 2.0/2.5 places a student on probation, which requires a meeting with the program director or a designated representative to discuss a method of remediation. In most cases, the method of remediation involves repeating the course in which the unsatisfactory grade was earned. See Repeating courses for additional information.

Major Course Descriptions

The program offers selected courses from the catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty. Specific offerings for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes.


Fiat Chrysler Safety Seminars 2016-2017

The OU-FCA safety program is a professional development opportunity for junior and senior EHS majors. EHS majors meet at the Chrysler Headquarters for a two hour seminar. These seminars focus on topics students are studying that semester. Participation in this professional development activity will likely lead to Chrysler internship and job opportunities. Participation in this program will also count for credit in EHS 245 Professional Development.

Dates of seminars for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year are yet to be determined.

Alan Johnston

Manager Corporate Environmental Programs, EHS


For more information contact the EHS Program Director, Dr. Charles McGlothlin (

Environmental Health
and Safety Minor
A minor in Environmental Health and Safety is available to complement other majors in the School of Health Sciences and in other programs, such as environmental health, human resource development, engineering, biology or chemistry. A minimum of 26 credit hours is required for a minor in Environmental Health and Safety.
Certified Safety
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) completion sequence for Certified Safety Professionals

The School of Health Sciences offers the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety through a CSP to BS EHS completion program. The student outcomes and educational objectives established for the B.S. EHS program are the same for traditional and CSP students including course objectives and teaching methodologies.

Students who have satisfactorily completed a regionally accredited associate or baccalaureate degree and who possess a valid, current CSP certification may apply for admission to the CSP to BS EHS Degree Completion Program. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better is required for admission to the CSP to BS EHS degree completion sequence.
Certified safety professionals with a GPA below 2.50 may be admitted to the University under pre-CSP – EHS status and change to CSP –BS EHS status upon completion of a minimum of 12 credits (applicable to the EHS program) at Oakland University with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Certified safety professionals must complete all credits and/or courses required in the B.S. EHS degree program. Completion may be achieved in the following manner:
  1. Graduates from a regionally accredited associate or bachelor degree program may transfer a maximum of 62 credits from community colleges that apply to the B.S. EHS degree program requirements. In addition, 22 Environmental Health and Safety credits will be granted through a course competency process. This process includes:
    a. Successful completion of the CSP examination.
    b. Evidence of a valid, current CSP certification.
    c. Registration for competency credits as per the OU Undergraduate Catalog.
    d. Registration for approved competency credit courses to include EHS 1000, 2250, 2350, 3300, 3380, 3330, 4410, and 4420. 
  2. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Health and Safety must complete a minimum of 125 credits as outlined in official Oakland University catalog. The minimum required courses may be satisfied through a combination of credits delivered by Oakland University, transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher education, and CSP competency credits. A minimum of 32 credits must be upper division credits from Oakland University.