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Master of Science in Environmental & Occupational Health Science

The M.S. in EOHS program is designed to prepare students for diverse careers in the environmental and occupational health science field and train the next generation of leaders in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) practice and research. Graduates from the program have attained careers as environmental health and safety managers, occupational safety and health speacialists, environmental managers, environmental scientists and specialists, industrial hygienists, and are leaders in the EOHS, OSH, and related fields.   Alumni have careers in these fields with industry, government agencies, consulting firms, universities, and across other business sectors and organizations.  A highlight of the M.S. in EOHS program is that it is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).  As such, all graduates from the M.S. in EOHS program qualify to apply to the BCSP to receive the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation.    


This graduate program is designed to enhance the educational opportunities for environmental and occupational health science professionals. The program will:

  • Provide students with an in-depth exposure to methodologies to assess hazards and improve health in the built, occupational, and natural environments.
  • Engage students in applied research and service learning at the local, regional, and global scales.
  • Provide students with a foundation to evaluate global scale environmental and occupational issues that impact human health and the environment.
  • Develop students’ application of research, data analysis, monitoring, and communication methods used to solve environmental and occupational health problems.
  • Provide students with opportunities for practice learning through internships, international programs, and research.
  • Allow students to conduct research focused on the protection of human health and prevention of health hazards in occupational and natural environments.
  • Provide students with the skills to communicate environmental and occupational risks to promote and protect the health of the public.



Students can apply for up to a $2500 scholarship per semester. Students will be selected for the NIOSH TPG based on the following criteria:

  1. Student must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and above.
  2. If applicable, student must have program GPA of 2.5 and above.
  3. Student must have been enrolled in at least 9 hours of EOHS required courses or EOHS advisor approved courses per semester in the previous academic year if the student has previously been enrolled in the EOHS program.
  4. Student must have participated in a minimum of two EOHS activities per semester or four EOHS activities per year if the student has previously been enrolled in the EOHS program. All activities must be verified by an EOHS faculty member. Example EOHS activities include but are not limited to:
    1. Attendance at NIOSH guest lectures (including online webinars)
    2. Conference Attendance (AIHce, NIOSH PRP Symposium, KPHA, etc.)
    3. EOHS Research Project Participation
    4. EOHS Class Fieldtrips

Submission materials must include:

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Three References with Letters of Recommendation
  3. Application Form
  4. Resume (including EOHS related activities and experiences)


EHAC Accred


Scholarships & Financial Aid


  • Dr. Edrisa Sanyang

    Graduate EOHS Program Director & Assistant Professor

  • Phone: (270) 745-3500

  • edrisa.snyang@wku.edu
  • Academic Complex 236E



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 Last Modified 8/16/23