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MS in Environmental, Health & Safety Management

Overview

A Contemporary Program of Study

Management of environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes.

Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and workplace safety share many technical, regulatory, and organizational characteristics. Today's professionals now need to be educated in all three areas.

The program curriculum provides program graduates with a solid foundation in the managerial aspects needed to develop and implement environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. In addition, program graduates have a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health (industrial hygiene). Elements of sustainability are integrated into most of the core courses and some electives.

Program Available Online!!

The program is available entirely online with no required visits to campus for those who need a flexible learning environmental or through a combination of online and traditional classroom courses for those who want to attend the RIT campus. Online students pay a significantly reduced tuition rate per credit hour for 2016-17: See - Tuition.

Faculty

RIT's EHS faculty is comprised of highly experienced EHS professionals, ensuring that the curriculum is both relevant and practical.

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Todd Dunn, Associate Professor, Department Chair
(585) 475-2900, gtdite@rit.edu

Joseph Rosenbeck, CSP, Professor, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-6469, jmrcem@rit.edu

Program Educational Objectives

Program Mission Statement: Prepare traditional and non-traditional local and distance students to manage their organization’s environmental, health and safety systems and lead their organizations toward sustainability by providing them with the appropriate environmental, health and safety management strategy and tools. 

Program Goal #1: Demonstrate an understanding of global EHS management systems and identification of related EHS aspects and impacts. 
Explain the concept and purpose of a systematic approach to EHS management, including fundamental system characteristics and functions.
Develop an appropriate EHS policy statement for a specific organization.
Identify and prioritize EHS aspects and impacts.

Program Goal #2: Demonstrate an understanding of how to design an EHS management system.
Develop EHS management system objectives and targets
Develop systems for operational controls including intervention based upon performance evaluation
Map a functional EHS management system

Program Goal #3: Demonstrate an understanding of the strategies and tools used to integrate EHS into business management to drive an organization towards sustainability. 
Identify strategies and tools for integrating EHS into business management that will drive the organization towards sustainability 
Explain how quality tools can be used to improve and integrate EHS into the business

Program Goal #4: Demonstrate the ability to research or apply environmental, health and safety (EHS) management strategies & tools.
Integrate the key EHS management strategies and tools to complete; related research, or a capstone project, or a comprehensive examination. 

Semester Curriculum & Professional Electives 

The program consists of 30 credit hours and may be completed entirely through online learning or a combination of online and traditional courses in as little as 1.5 years of full-time study, or as little as 3 years of part-time study while working full-time. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a graduate thesis, project, or exam.

Environmental, health and safety management MS degree (graduate project option)

 
CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701    Research Methods (L,O)
3
ESHS-720    EHS Management§ (O)
3
ESHS-740    EHS Management System Design (O)
3
ESHS-755    Corporate Social Responsibility (O)
3
ESHS-760    Integrating EHS Management (O)
3
ESHS-780    EHS Internal  Auditing (O)
3
     Professional Electives (L,O)
9
ESHS-797    Graduate Project (L,O)
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Environmental, health and safety management MS degree (comprehensive exam option)

 
CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701    Research Methods (L,O)
3
ESHS-720    EHS Management§ (O)
3
ESHS-740    EHS Management System Design (O)
3
ESHS-755    Corporate Social Responsibility (O)
3
ESHS-760    Integrating EHS Management (O)
3
ESHS-780    EHS Internal  Auditing (O)
3
     Professional Electives (L,O)
12
ESHS-795    Comprehensive Exam
0
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Environmental, health and safety management MS degree (thesis option)

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701    Research Methods (L,O)
3
GRCS-702    Principles of Research Communication (L,O)
3
ESHS-720    EHS Management§ (O)
3
ESHS-740    EHS Management System Design (O)
3
ESHS-755    Corporate Social Responsibility (O)
3
ESHS-760    Integrating EHS Management
3
ESHS-780    EHS Internal  Auditing (O)
3
     Professional Electives (L,O)
6
ESHS-790    Thesis (L,O)
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

§- Online course with three day executive leader session. The executive leader session may be completed online or on-campus.

O- Online course, L- Local Course

Professional ElectivesSem. Cr. Hrs.
ESHS-601    Fire Protection (O)
3
ESHS-611    Occupational Health (L,O)
3
ESHS-613    Solid & Hazardous Waste Management (L,O)
3
ESHS-614    Industrial Wastewater Management (L,O)
3
ESHS-615    Air Emissions Management (L,O)
3
ESHS-620    Occupational Safety (O)
3
ESHS-630    Mechanical & Electrical Controls & Standards        (O)
3
ESHS-721    EHS Law (O)
3
ESHS-725    EHS Accounting & Finance (O)
3
ESHS-750    EHS Project Management (O)3
MGMT-740    Organizational Behavior & Leadership (L,O) 
   

This is a sample list of potential professional electives subject to availability. Additional professional electives are available with advisor approval.