Make a Difference by Helping Prevent Injury and Disease

The School of Public Health and UAB eLearning and Professional Studies are working together to offer you the MPH Degree in Occupational Health and Safety. More than any other discipline, public health has the power to help shape civilization in the 21st century. The Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety Program can prepare you to assume a leadership position in this critical field of prevention through design.

The OHSQ program is designed for working professionals who have a passion for making a difference. You can earn your degree online while you continue in your career. Your learning experience will be enriched by your experiences in the real world as you and your classmates focus on the identification and assessment of human health threats related to occupational and environmental agents.

We offer you the opportunity to join a vibrant community of professionals and scholars whose global-class research and scholarship is exploring complex problems in creative and unusual ways. This graduate degree can give you the ability to tackle head-on the most complicated and thorny issues of our times, the tools to create solutions for those issues, and a uniquely global perspective.

Become a Part of a Program that is recognized as a Strong Leader in the Nation

UAB’s School of Public Health has been producing top master’s level students for over 30 years. We are the only accredited school of public health in Alabama and our program is tailored to meet your needs. Our dynamic, robust, and exciting program is a great launching point for your career advancement.

The UAB School of Public Health is one of the best educational values in the Southeast. In the 2012-2013 school year, over $220,000 in scholarship money was awarded and 77% of new students who submitted a scholarship application received a scholarship. U.S. News & World Report ranked us among the top 20 schools of public health in the country. Let us prepare you with the knowledge that makes a difference and the skills that change the world!

What Career Opportunities Would I Have?

You will be well prepared for taking advantage of opportunities in this timely and rapidly growing career path. You will have the prospect of working with one of our many partners from state and local government agencies, local businesses and industry as well as a global network of governmental and non-governmental organizations during your program and can gain a valuable network of colleagues that will impact your career.

These are some of the jobs our former graduates have had success in:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Specialist
  • Occupational Safety and Health Nurse
  • Occupational Safety and Health Engineer
  • Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
  • Occupational Claims and Safety Manager
  • Worksite Occupational Health Nurse
  • Consulting Firm
  • Small Business Owner

Should I Apply?

You should apply if you are an individual who wants to have lasting influence on the lives of many by being prepared to help orchestrate healthier environments through the prevention of injury and disease. Earning an MPH Degree in Occupational Health and Safety will change your world! This Master’s Degree exists to deliver you a high-quality market relevant education that builds the knowledge and skills required for a career involving strategies to reduce risk and help set appropriate policy.

The program is designed to be accessible to you wherever you are, and even if you work full-time. UAB has an online user-friendly campus that offers fully accessible courses to the first-time online student as well as to returning proficient on-line students. We are here to take the difficulty out and put the world changing learning opportunities in!

What Can UAB Offer Me?

You will receive immediate benefits as a UAB student and eventually as an alumnus. You will be proud to say that you are a UAB student because UAB is a world class institution recognized all over the world for excellence in research, service and innovation.

You will have immediate access to the Sterne Library which houses more than one million items. Sterne also provides electronic access to the contents of more than 35,044 serials and 72,000 electronic books.

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Alabama's largest biomedical library, will also provide services and resources for you with holdings related to medicine, nursing, optometry, dentistry, public health, health professions, and joint health sciences. Access to a variety of services and information is available on campus and remotely to authorized users through its website at or call 205-934-2230.

UAB is such a special place. What do you want to know today? Let us help you change your world!