Occupational Safety and Health Accreditation
The Illinois State Occupational Safety and Health Program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org/.
Program Educational Objectives
The professional objectives of the occupational safety and health program at Illinois State University are to prepare graduates who, within five years, will have independently demonstrated:
- Efficient risk management within their organization – Illinois State University occupational safety and health graduates critically identify and assess recognized hazards and conditions as new technologies, processes, and industries emerge.
- Effective communication of occupational safety and health issues within their organization or local/regional/global industry sector - Illinois State University occupational safety and health graduates can advocate the development of new loss prevention and control programs to multiple stakeholders. They are recognized for the quality of their written reports, presentations, and training programs.
- Characteristics of effective leadership within their organization or local/regional/global industry sector - Illinois State University occupational safety and health graduates adhere to ethical safety and health practices. They supervise entry-level safety and health professionals, manage committees, conduct investigations, and serve as a professional resource for their peers.
- Continued professional growth and pursuit of life-long learning in an ever-changing global economy - Illinois State University occupational safety and health graduates attain professional certification, are active members within their professional societies, and continuously seek to integrate new knowledge into the practice of safety and health.
Student Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes for students in the occupaitonal safety and health 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 occupational safety and health program at Illinois State University will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and development of control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices
- Conduct accident/incident investigations, as well as analyze and interpret data
- Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs to meet desired needs
- Function on multidisciplinary teams
- 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
- Discuss the importance of professional and ethical responsibility; Communicate effectively in writing, oral presentation, and the application of adult learning theory to safety training methodologies
- Discuss the impact of business and risk management solutions in global or societal context
- Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning;Identify contemporary safety and health issues and apply relevant standards, regulations, and codes or best practices
- 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.
The following is a chart detailing recent enrollment and graduation figures for the Bachelor degree in Occupational Safety and Health.