The mission of the safety program at Illinois State University is to prepare graduates who will serve society as competent and ethical safety and health professionals. The undergraduate program is designed to develop the broad skill set and intellectual confidence that is required by individuals who seek to manage loss in an increasingly diverse global economy. Resources and energy are devoted to creating student-centered learning opportunities that are based upon a foundation of mathematics and science, emphasizing the technological, management, and ethical aspects of a career in safety and health, and preparing graduates to function as effective collaborators and leaders.
The professional objectives of the safety program at Illinois State University are to prepare graduates who, within five years, will have independently demonstrated:
The learning outcomes for students in the safety program at Illinois State University support curricula that will prepare graduates with the knowledge and skill to apply college algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, and human physiology as it pertains to the practice of the safety, health, and environmental discipline. At the time of graduation, students in the safety program at Illinois State University will be able to:
a. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences to the
anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and development of control strategies for
hazardous conditions and work practices;
b. Conduct accident/incident investigations, as well as analyze and interpret data;
c. Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs to meet desired needs;
d. Function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. Identify and solve applied sciences problems using fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene,
environmental science, fires science, hazardous material, emergency management,
ergonomics and/or human factors;
f. Discuss the importance of professional and ethical responsibility;
g. Communicate effectively in writing, oral presentation, and the application of adult learning theory to
safety training methodologies;
h. Discuss the impact of business and risk management solutions in global or societal context;
i. Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning;
j. Identify contemporary safety and health issues and apply relevant standards, regulations, and
codes or best practices, and;
k. Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through a supervised,
professional practice experience.
More information about the profession and career options can be found in The Career Guide to the Safety Profession.
Safety graduates are also successful in attaining professional certification. Professional certification in safety practice is associated with advancement and salary increases. While there are more than 200 credentials and certifications available in various aspects of safety, health and environmental practice, only about a dozen of these are nationally accredited.
As students work hard preparing for a rewarding career in safety and health, the faculty, staff and advising team in the Safety Program are working hard to ensure that their academic experience at Illinois State University is equally as meaningful and rewarding!