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Environmental Health and Safety M.Env.Hlth.Sa.

UMD Mechanical/Industrial Engineering
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
MEHS Director of Graduate Studies, 105 Voss-Kovach Hall, 1305 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-7981)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 33
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Environmental Health and Safety
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master's of environmental health and safety (MEHS) program prepares its graduates for professional careers in environmental health and safety--encompassing occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, risk management, and environmental health. The program strives not only to provide academic-based knowledge, but also the technical and practical skills necessary to be a successful EHS professional and the coursework covers a broad range of EHS topics. Ultimately, the mission of the MEHS program is to produce highly regarded and sought-after graduates who have the requisite skills and knowledge to practice environmental health and safety effectively in a diverse range of occupations and will do so in a competent, professional, and ethical manner.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants preferably will have a baccalaureate degree in a science, engineering, or other EHS-related field. All degrees, must have been earned at an accredited college or university.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have earned a grade of C or better at the collegiate level in the following introductory coursework: chemistry with a lab component, and statistics. Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from an instructor or professor in the department awarding the student's baccalaureate degree. Recommendations should address either the student's academic ability or readiness to pursue a professional graduate degree in EHS, if not both. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted. Preferred applicants will have work experience related to EHS and have completed collegiate-level coursework in introductory physics, human biology and/or physiology, and psychology.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must also provide: - Answers to essay questions (see Admissions Details on program website link found under "Supplemental Information Required") - Transcript(s) indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree program and grades obtained in the prerequisite courses - Resume or CV
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 33 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: The Plan C capstone internship project requires a student to apply knowledge and skills acquired from the MEHS coursework and demonstrate their mastery of EHS-related material and concepts in identifying and addressing a particular concern. The project is part of a minimum six-week cooperative internship conducted in an industrial, government, or other organization having an established safety project or in the process of implementing a safety project. A daily work log, written evaluation by the internship supervisor, a two-page executive summary of the project and an oral presentation are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least two semesters in residence are required.
Core Requirements (27 cr)
SAFE 6002 - Regulatory Standards and Hazard Control (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6011 - System Safety and Loss Control Techniques (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6012 - Risk Management and Workers' Compensation (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6101 - Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6102 - Advanced Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6201 - Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6302 - Occupational Ergonomics and Injury Management (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6401 - Environmental Safety and Legal Implications (3.0 cr)
SAFE 6821 - Organization and Administration of Safety Programs (3.0 cr)
Electives (3 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· IE 5315 - Organizational Control Methods (3.0 cr)
· IE 5325 - Advanced Engineering Economics (3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6051 - Construction Safety (3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6211 - Transportation Safety (3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6212 - Noise Control Engineering (3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6213 - Principles of Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6291 - Independent Study in Industrial Safety (1.0-3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6295 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-3.0 cr)
· SAFE 6301 - Occupational Biomechanics and Work Physiology (3.0 cr)
Internship (3 cr)
Register for the 3-credit internship no later than 12 months after completing the program coursework.
SAFE 6997 - Internship in Environmental Health and Safety (3.0 cr)
 
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SAFE 6002 - Regulatory Standards and Hazard Control
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of OSHA and other health and safety standards, codes and regulations with an emphasis on the recognition and control of workplace hazards as defined by the standards, codes and regulations. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6011 - System Safety and Loss Control Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analytical techniques of data collection, data analysis, and risk assessment in designing and implementing proactive system safety processes. Comprehensive approach to cost reduction and containment processes and programs, which minimize financial and accidental losses. Lab arranged. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6012 - Risk Management and Workers' Compensation
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comprehensive overview of risk management strategies and insurance system; essential elements of workers' compensation cost reduction and containment programs in industry. Workers' compensation and occupational safety in preventing corporate financial losses. Lab arranged. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6101 - Principles of Industrial Hygiene
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents on the body and typical methods of control; lab use of monitoring and corrective devices. Lab arranged. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6102 - Advanced Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Recognition, evaluation, and control techniques necessary for prevention of occupationally related diseases. Introduction to health hazards of radiated energy such as ionizing nuclear radiation and x-rays; nonionizing radiation hazards from microwaves, lasers, and infrared and ultraviolet light. Lab arranged. prereq: 6101 or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6201 - Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Hazard analysis and risk assessment as related to prevention and control of undesired fires; analytical study of flammable materials and extinguishing systems found in industrial settings; organization and development of emergency preparedness programs. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6302 - Occupational Ergonomics and Injury Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of occupational ergonomics and related disciplines such as work physiology, biomechanics, human anatomy, engineering design, medical management. Hands-on approach, including ergonomic job analysis, risk factor quantification, and documentation for demanding tasks. Lab arranged. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6401 - Environmental Safety and Legal Implications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Federal, state, and local laws and judicial interpretations that have applications to environmental health and safety programs. Corporate responsibility regarding environment, employee, and product. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6821 - Organization and Administration of Safety Programs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Current administrative practices. Involvement in design and development of safety programs suitable for an industrial facility. prereq: 6012 or department approval and instructor consent
IE 5315 - Organizational Control Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Roles of the engineer in managing organizational resources. Budgeting, cost-volume relationships, product costing, annual reports, audits. Project estimating and reporting. prereq: BSIE or MSEM candidate or department consent
IE 5325 - Advanced Engineering Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Fundamentals of engineering economics: decision trees, time value of money, analysis of alternatives for project investments, taxes, inflation. Applications to engineering services and manufacturing. prereq: 3125, BSIE or MSEM candidate or department consent
SAFE 6051 - Construction Safety
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Code of Federal Regulations 1926 and other standards and regulations that affect construction industry. Emphasis on recognition, analysis, and corrective action. Principles of construction safety management, project implementation, and subcontractor management. Lab arranged. prereq: 6002 or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6211 - Transportation Safety
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Study of health and safety programs used in rail, road, air, and marine transportation, emphasizing fleet safety programs. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6212 - Noise Control Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A multi-disciplinary approach to a comprehensive introduction to the principles of noise and noise conservation (hygiene, safety, acoustics, audiology, occupational medicine, engineering, behavioral and legal). Emphasis will be on noise control engineering protocols. Lab arranged. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6213 - Principles of Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Comprehensive introduction on design, maintenance, and evaluation of exhaust ventilation systems. Methodology for conducting indoor air quality investigations. Lab arranged. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6291 - Independent Study in Industrial Safety
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Special projects, field studies, or research in industrial hygiene or safety topics prereq: 6002, instructor consent
SAFE 6295 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected topics in industrial safety or hygiene. Similar topics may not be repeated for credit. prereq: MEHS student or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6301 - Occupational Biomechanics and Work Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Overview to study physical interaction of workers with their tools, machines, and materials so as to enhance workers' performance while minimizing risk of future musculoskeletal disorders. Lab arranged. prereq: 6302 or department approval and instructor consent
SAFE 6997 - Internship in Environmental Health and Safety
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cooperative internship in an industrial, governmental, or other organization that has an established safety program or is in the process of implementing one. Requires a significant Plan B-type project for the firm. prereq: MEHS student, department approval