(32 credits minimum)
The master’s degree program in health and safety requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of which at least one-half must be at the 600 level. A minimum of 18 to 24 credits (depending on the area of specialization) must be taken within the department, and (again, depending on the area of specialization) a minimum of six credit hours must be taken outside the department. Two degrees are offered for some of the specializations: the M.A., requiring a six-credit thesis; and the M.S., which entails a three-credit individual field research project. The minimum time to complete the course of study on a full-time basis is normally one full calendar year. It would be realistic, however, to plan for more than one year of study if the thesis option is selected or if the specialization requires the thesis.
Students, upon completion of the requirements for a master’s degree in health and safety with specialization in health and safety education, are prepared to challenge the contemporary trends in health and safety problems. They are also qualified to prepare students to become perceptive and active in the conservation and maintenance of individual and community health and safety.
This specialization offers advanced professional preparation to individuals wanting to pursue careers as health educators, curriculum specialists, college instructors, safety specialists, and persons working in allied health fields. Employment potential exists in schools, the military, consulting firms, insurance companies, universities, private industry, and business.