The University of Alabama at Birmingham has created a graduate-level degree track for engineers and safety professionals to learn industry best practices to prevent disasters like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the coal mine explosion in West Virginia.
UAB’s School of Engineering is offering the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management degree track online. The school says this is the first-of-its kind program that is designed to meet a crucial need. The degree can be completed in 18 months.
The program will educate students in worldwide and industrywide safety best practices. Course topics include risk assessment, reduction and liability, ethical leadership, human performance and engineering design and policy issues in prevention through design.
Advisory board members for the courses include John Howard, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Deborah Grubbe, owner of Operations and Safety Solutions LLC and previously VP of safety-change management for BP.
Enrollment opened June 19. Here’s a informational video about the program. Interested people can go to the school’s admissions page.