BS or BA in Occupational Health Science

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Occupational Health and Safety professionals are scientist and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.

Protecting people…

The goal of the OHS professional is to keep workers, their families, and the community healthy and safe. They play a vital part in ensuring that federal, state, and local laws and regulations are followed in the work environment.

OHS professionals identify, evaluate and work to eliminate health and safety hazards associated with harmful chemicals, excessive noise, poor indoor air quality, and so much more.



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Why study OHS at UNA?


Accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Commission (ANSAC) of ABET.


Recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Graduates of a QAP are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®), a BCSP-approved credential necessary to apply for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®).


UNA's OHS program is a long-time recipient of a Training Project Grant (TPG) from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).

The student support provided by this grant consists of academic scholarships and the funding of student academic activities. 

High-quality instruction by expert faculty

Classrooms and laboratory facilities are outfitted with state-of-the art equipment

High placement rate for graduates. Approximately 80% of our students receive an offer for full time employment before graduation.

What can I do with an OHS degree?

Common job titles include: Occupational Health and Safety Specialist -or- Engineer
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist -or- Engineer
Loss Control Consultant
Risk Manager
Industrial Hygienist
OHS professionals are not limited to a particular type of industry or role. They can be employed in a variety of organizations such as: Manufacturing companies
Chemical companies
Hazardous waste companies
Consulting firms
Insurance companies
Research laboratories
Colleges and universities
Compensation Salary depends on many variables, including education, tenure, certification and geographic location
  • The average base salary for OHS professionals is $110,807
  • The average starting salary for OHS professionals is $58,300
AIHA 2019 Salary Study

 The demand for competent, highly-qualified OHS professionals continues to grow  in Alabama and the country as a whole. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, jobs for occupational health and safety specialists are predicted to grow 7% to 10% over the next ten years.

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