Students in the Environmental Health and Safety concentration of Purdue Northwest’s Organizational Leadership and Supervision major at a field experience.

Organizational Leadership and Supervision (EHS)

Bachelor of Science, Concentration: Environmental Health and Safety

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Program Intro

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.

Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership

Our faculty have a wealth of real-world experience and are leaders in their respective disciplines.

Curriculum Overview

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.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Acquiring knowledge essential to become a successful professional by cultivating critical-thinking skills and learning the importance of safety discipline.

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Sample Courses

  • 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.

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Sample Courses

  • 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.

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Sample Courses

  • OLS 33400 – Fire Protection
  • OLS 34000 – Fundamentals Of Construction Safety

Preparing to become a successful leader in this profession by discovering essential proficiencies.

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Program Requirements

RSAT 980/ACT 19 with five-subject GPA (English, math, science, history and foreign language) of 2.0

RSAT 930-979/ACT 17-18 with five-subject GPA of 2.5

RSAT 840-929/ACT 16 with five-subject GPA of 2.5 (Approval need by department chair)


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.

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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.

Career Paths

  • 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
  • Kester
  • 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.

Andrew Perez

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.

Michelle Urena

Meet the Faculty

Shoji Nakayama

Shoji Nakayama, Ph.D.

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.

Chandra Chandramouli

Chandramouli Viswanathan Chandramouli, Ph.D.

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

Bankole Fasanya

Bankole Fasanya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership and Supervision

My current role involves conducting research, teach, and serves in university committee to promote the agenda in alignment with the university goals and mission. Also, engage in community services.

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