College of Business and Economics

Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health

Jake Griffith, left, and mentor Benjamin Brotz walk the floor of CNH Industrial's plant in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

More Information About Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health

There is a growing demand for health and safety professionals as businesses and organizations respond to heightened market and societal expectations. The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to providing high quality, interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates previous and new learning experiences to enhance the student's intellect, scientific expertise and professional integrity.

Students develop an understanding of occupational and environmental safety issues, and the need for businesses and organizations to effectively manage them. In addition to learning regulatory, financial and social rationales that support initiatives in the workplace, they also strengthen their ability to influence risk perception with appropriate communication strategies.

A Career in Safety, a Platform for Change

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Mark of Quality and Excellence

ABET accreditation assures students and employers that the program meets rigorous quality standards.

Occupational Safety major Connor CarringtonWhat makes UW-Whitewater's Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health Program exceptional?

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  Active student organizations provide opportunities for service, professional development, and interaction among members and industry professionals.

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 »  The college develops and retains high quality faculty who strive for excellence, are current in their fields, and make scholarly contributions.   See open faculty positions »

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Internships »   The best way to gain relevant work experience and obtain career positions is through an internship. Occupational Safety majors are required to complete a semester-long internship before graduation. 

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Career outcomes »   Occupational Safety majors have a 97 percent placement rate within six months of graduation, while Master of Science in Environmental Safety and Health graduates have a 100 percent placement rate.  See MS ESH career outcome info.

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Scholarships »   With support by generous donors, numerous scholarship opportunities are available to UW-Whitewater students.

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Student Development »   Through a number of practical worksite activities and a required semester-long internship, undergraduate students apply their coursework and classroom experiences to real-world occupational or environmental safety and health problems before they graduate.

Contact us

Department Email: | Phone: (262) 472-1117