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Important Catalog Information

Due to the planned consolidation during the summer of 2020, of the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, into a single university with a fully aligned and integrated curriculum and a single set of academic policies and procedures, any undergraduate or graduate student who matriculates at one of the three USF institutions on or after May 18, 2020, will adhere to the curricula, policies, and procedures described in the 2020-21 USF undergraduate or graduate catalog, respectively.

Concentration: Occupational Safety (Code: POS)        
Delivery: Traditional

Starting in Fall 2018, this concentration has been consolidated into the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration.

The field of Occupational Safety plays an important role in the protection of worker safety and promotion of worker well-being through workplace assessment and interventions.  The training in Occupational Safety is designed for students with backgrounds in science, engineering, or social sciences so that they will be able to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control hazards in the work place.  The development of research skills is also a critical component of the MSPH program.

In addition to core public health courses, the concentration builds upon a variety of courses enabling students to recognize, evaluate and control existing and potential safety hazards due to faulty equipment, process design, chemical storage and handling, and various psychological stressors in the workplace.  Graduates are expected to contribute to workplace safety and health by evaluating workplace hazards, communicating these hazards to management, designing programs to control these hazards, and evaluating the program effectiveness.  Students in this program will have the opportunity to be exposed to courses offered by the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program of Study

If you have questions on your program, please contact your Academic Advisor.

If you are a current student, you may access your Degree Works planner (you may also access Degree Works from or OASIS. You may view your current progress in Archivum at (See Archivum instructions.) 

If you are not a current student, or want to view program requirements from a different catalog year please use these sources: 

There may be circumstances in which a student may need to change their catalog year. This must be initiated through a discussion with your academic advisor. Details regarding USF policy on changing catalog year can be found at


2017 Competencies

MSPH Competencies
Occupational Safety Competencies

 Previous Competencies

2011 - 2016 Competencies

Graduate Advising

Please refer to the full list of graduate advisors available on the MSPH Graduate Advising page. 

Please send feedback on the MSPH Guidebook

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