Four world-class universities.
Four incredible programs. 

Weber

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY: Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies focused on occupational and environmental health and safety.

Utah

UNIVERSITY of UTAH: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in ergonomics and safety.

Utah State

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY: Bachelor’s degree in public health with emphasis in industrial hygiene.

BYU

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY: Bachelor’s degree in public health with an environmental and occupational health emphasis.

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Build your future. Make a difference. A simple slogan — but one that reflects the motivations of nearly everyone who pursues an undergraduate degree in occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS). 

Some join these programs because they envision themselves at a manufacturing site as a safety professional or in a corporate office as an occupational health psychologist. Some use it as a springboard to medical school, with their unique training setting them apart from the hordes of applicants who pursue more traditional pre-med majors. Others view it as an opportunity to marry their passion for science with their desire to work with people, something that is rare in many scientific fields.

But whatever it is that fuels your interest, you’re in luck. Utah is home to four of the top undergraduate OEHS programs in the nation. They each offer a unique experience but have the same aim: protecting workers and the environment by helping you unlock your potential.

Minor offered 

Beyond the degree programs detailed above, the University of Utah offers a minor in occupational safety and health that can serve as an entry point to a career or further training. 

Perks of Careers in OEHS

The reasons to pursue a career in OEHS are many, including:

  • a wide range of career paths
  • the plentiful availability of high-paying jobs
  • the opportunity to meaningfully improve people’s lives  

After Graduation

Once you've earned your degree, there's the natural question: Now what? It depends on your ambitions. 

  • Begin your career: The good news is that there is massive demand for bachelor's-trained OEHS jobs in Utah and the West. What’s more, salaries typically start in the high five figures, stretching into the six figures, and there are early-career opportunities to rise into management positions. You can have a long, successful career with only an undergraduate degree.
  • Further your education in OEHS: Continuing your training in OEHS is another tremendous option. In Utah, the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), jointly operated by the University of Utah and Weber State University, offers master’s and PhD training in several disciplines and is recognized as one of the top centers of its kind in the world. RMCOEH’s graduates often become leaders in their disciplines and are highly sought by employers across the country.
  • Pursue medical, dental, or pharmacy school: A bachelor's degree in OEHS is a great launching pad into medical, dental, or pharmacy school or a similar path. Not only is the coursework relevant, earning an OEHS degree is a tried-and-true way to stand out from the pack in the competitive application process. There is even a specialty within medicine dedicated to OEHS -- occupational medicine, which is rated as one of the highest specialties in physician job satisfaction. 

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