Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Bachelor of Science, Concentration: Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental health and safety involves the prevention of accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions and other events that harm people, property and the environment. Our professionals are important in many industries, including communication, consulting, construction, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, petroleum and utilities.
Our faculty have a wealth of real-world experience and are leaders in their respective disciplines.
You will be mentored by experienced instructors and train in real-life laboratories and settings, gaining a theoretical and hands-on understanding as to how safety enables businesses to be competitive in the global market.
Acquiring knowledge essential to become a successful professional by cultivating critical-thinking skills and learning the importance of safety discipline.
- OLS 13100 – Introduction To Safety and Health Management
- ENGL 22000 – Technical Report Writing
Getting ready to experience the foundation of environmental health and safety discipline with laboratory exercises.
- OLS 30000 – Safety And Health For Engineering Technologies
- OLS 33200 – Fundamentals Of Industrial Hygiene
Learning additional areas of expertise in safety and exploring various soft skills essential to this profession.
- OLS 33400 – Fire Protection
- OLS 34000 – Fundamentals Of Construction Safety
Preparing to become a successful leader in this profession by discovering essential proficiencies.
The environmental health and safety concentration is designated a Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. This status distinguishes PNW graduates, who do not need to sit for the Associate Safety Professional exam prior to taking the Certified Safety Professional exam, the “Gold Standard” of safety certification.
Many of our graduates pursue careers as safety coordinators, safety supervisors, safety instructors/trainers, loss control-specialists and EHS specialists.
Beyond the Classroom
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is a global association of occupational safety professionals representing more than 36,000 members worldwide. ASSP promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development.
- Safety Coordinator: $60,000 to $69,999
- Safety Supervisor: $60,000 to $69.999
- Safety Specialist: $70,000 to $79,999
- Safety Manager: $100,000 to $125,999
- Safety Director: $100,000 to $125,999
- Safety — Executive Management: > $150,000
Our program’s value is best demonstrated through the employers our graduates have worked for:
- Arcelor Mittal USA
- General Motors
- Sherwin Williams
- US Steel
The best part of my job is knowing that I am making a difference by working towards keeping workers safe and having them go home to their families. The OLS: EHS program at PNW has opened my doors to an exciting and promising future. The networking and job opportunities in this program are outstanding and never ending.
The school is widely recognized for academics and research, so that is why I decided to choose to attend Purdue University Northwest. To date, I have worked three paid internships since joining the OLS-EHS program.
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Shoji Nakayama is overseeing the OLS_EHS program assisting students with their internships and job placement, teaching EHS courses and actively severing on both ASSP and NWIBRT safety committees.
Department Chair, Construction Science and Organizational Leadership
Chandra is a Professor and Chair in the Construction Science and Organizational Leadership Department. His research and teaching focus is Hydraulics, Drainage, surveying & GIS
Assistant Professor, Construction Engineering and Management Technology
Sundeep Inti joined the Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Inti has five years of industry experience prior to teaching.