Online Master of Science in Environmental Safety and Health

There is a strong demand for Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) professionals as organizations respond to the heightened market and societal expectations regarding the consequences of business activities. This online MS in Environmental Safety & Health focuses on the needs of businesses and organizations to effectively manage complex environmental safety and health issues in the workplace. The program addresses vital issues beyond traditional regulatory compliance, as risk management, environmental stewardship and sustainability concerns receive increasing attention from employers, communities and government. 


Two-year, online program

The Master of Science in Environmental Safety and Health is offered 100 percent online and uses an innovative part-time model to serve an audience of working professionals. Most courses are delivered in sequential 8-week class sessions. Students typically complete their studies in about two years. The program requires a total of 30 credits or 36 credits, depending on the program option selected.

BCSP-approved curriculum

Our MS in ESH has been reviewed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and approved as a GSP® Qualified Academic Program. This ensures the curriculum is a substantial match for the Associate Safety Professional® exam blueprint, and graduates can apply to receive the GSP designation.  Furthermore, the college's reputation and regional accreditation are acknowledged by employers and other higher education institutions.


The instructional body is made up of professionals with advanced degrees in engineering and science, and with wide experience in industry, government and academia.  All faculty teaching in the MS ESH program hold doctoral degrees. Members of the faculty hold at least one professional certification and many hold multiple ones, including: Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Registered Health Specialist/Sanitarian, and Registered Environmental Manager (REM). To learn more about our dedicated faculty please visit our faculty page.  


As Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) professionals, our graduates are concerned with the interaction between people and the physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial factors which affect safety, health and productivity.  The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to providing a high quality, collaborative and fully online Master of Science in Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) to working professionals around the world. The goal of the MS in ESH program is to deliver a two-year interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates previous and new learning experiences, which enhances the student's intellect, scientific expertise and professional integrity. Our academically and professionally qualified faculty is dedicated to the advancement of the ESH field, and to assisting students to achieve their personal learning goals.


An MS in ESH graduate will be able to:

  • Implement and manage effective ESH programs
  • Perform risk assessments using a systems perspective
  • Influence risk perception by applying appropriate communication strategies
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of ESH interventions
  • Assess economic consequences of ESH activities
  • Use regulatory, financial, and social rationales to support ESH initiatives
  • Prepare for and develop the capability to respond to emergencies in the workplace
  • Perform duties with professional ethics

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