Advances in the field of engineering have allowed for more growth than ever, including new technology and methods that are making more and new work possible. However, as more work for engineers is created, the need for professionals trained in analyzing, assessing, and redesigning the error-prone environments to ensure the safety of workers is greater now than ever before. In the Master of Engineering with a concentration in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management at UAB, we are directly addressing this need.

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Classic Safety Prevention Methods

For years, safety in workplace settings has often focused on warning signs, protective equipment, and training materials as a means to reduce accident severity and risk. As an engineer, you've most likely sat through hours of tutorials and trainings designed to reduce accidents.

A quick Google search of "safety education" will bring up an extensive list of videos, e-learning courses, educational games, workplace competitions, numerous books, and lengthy manuals. While this type of media educates about hazards in the workplace and the importance of safety for employees, as engineers we begin to ask if there's a better way to fix the issue of risk in the workplace.

What if we discovered that so many catastrophic events were not a product of human error, but actually caused by inadequate design? For so long occupational safety and engineering have been two separate disciplines, but the fact is safety begins with engineering. At UAB ASEM, we began to build a program that could transform safety in the workplace by taking a step back and solving the issue by analyzing the original design of the hazard.

Integrated Safety Engineering

The ASEM curriculum explores injury and catastrophe prevention through a different viewpoint. Through a “Prevention through Design” approach, the ASEM program teaches you to examine error-prone environments as a means to essentially "design away" risk. By teaching both the language of engineering as well as safety concepts, graduates of the program are able to bridge the divide between design engineers and occupational safety and health professionals.

By reviewing both case studies of real world disasters and near misses, as well as identifying and redesigning error-provocative conditions in your workplace, we make sure you learn best practices and also know how to implement them in your current work environment.  These advanced skills in safety engineering will allow you to have more control of your career and future, filling in the role of safety engineer at your current position or to make moves into an area of safety engineering with another organization.

Let us help you become a Safety Engineering Manager

Having been in industry ourselves, we know firsthand what it is like to move from a technical engineering position to a management role, especially in the safety field. It can be an overwhelming time and knowing where to start can be difficult. Even if you are not sure a master’s degree is the correct path, we would like to talk to you about your career goals and what you may need to accomplish these goals. Use the form on this page or email our program director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let us help you find your path to a safety engineering management career.

About ASEM 

The Master of Engineering with a concentration in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM) is the first master’s degree in engineering with a safety emphasis offered totally online. Designed for working safety professionals, the curriculum focuses on current industry best practices with an emphasis on prevention through design. The ASEM faculty and Practitioner Scholars are prominent industry professionals and researchers.