Work Environment

Degrees in Work Environment Policy

Do you want to advocate for those in need?   You can help employers, legislators, and workers understand the connection between science, research, workplace conditions and worker safety. 

Whether your background is in law, medicine or social sciences, you can train for a career in government, academia or the non-profit sector that will have a positive impact on workers for generations.

Learn to analyze systems and develop policies that protect workers and benefit companies as well.  Take 15 credits of Work Environment Core courses, 15 credits of Work Environment Policy concentration courses, and 6 credits of electives, and complete your Capstone Project, and you’ll have a Master’s Degree and skills to create innovative policies for a safer, healthier world.  

Under the guidance of Professors Ken Geiser, Robert Karasek, Margaret Quinn or Joel Tickner, you’ll prepare for your Doctorate with research in one or more of the following areas:

• International occupational and environmental health, 

• Integration of occupational and environmental health policies, 

• Economic impacts of occupational injury and illness, 

• Integration of materials policy and health policy, 

• Environmental justice and urban ecology, 

• Labor and technology, 

• Regulatory policy, 

• Occupational health and labor/management programs, 

• Alternative methods of risk assessment, 

• Health and safety impacts of new technologies, 

• Management of chemical information, toxics use reduction

Prerequisites: One semester of math and one semester of biology with a grade of C or better are required. Courses must be taken prior to matriculation in the WE program.