Master of Occupational Health and Safety


The Master of Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS) is an interdisciplinary program providing advanced-level study of multiple aspects of occupational health and safety. The program is the first in the Atlantic region and the fourth in Canada and it is built on the expertise that has been developing at Memorial University over the past decade.

The MOHS program is designed to provide students, safety officers, loss prevention specialists and human relations managers with the analytic frameworks, research skills and up-to-date knowledge that can serve as a basis for future advanced academic study or for higher level professional careers in regulatory agencies, industry, government and stakeholder organizations. It is important to note that it does not provide any sort of professional certification.

The program invites applications from individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least a second-class (B) degree in a wide range of academic fields. Unlike many other graduate programs at Memorial University, you do not need to identify a supervisor in advance to apply for this program. Supervisors will be identified once students have begun their studies (rather than needing to be arranged as part of the application process).

Applications for Fall admission are submitted to School of Graduate Studies (APPLY HERE). Applications are due January 15. Decisions are announced in the spring. There is no admission for the Winter Term. Since the number of places in the program is limited, the application process is quite competitive.

To complete the program a student must complete 24 credit-hours of coursework, including the completion of a Capstone Research Paper in OHS 6001. Students are to take 9 credit-hours from the list of Required Courses, 9 credit-hours from the list of Elective A Courses and 6 credit-hours from the list of Elective B Courses. Elective A courses may be substituted for any Elective B courses.

Advanced standing will be granted to students who have completed the post diploma Safety Engineering Technology Program at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA). Students from this program or from any other approved equivalent program elsewhere will need to take 2 fewer courses (6 credit hours) from the Elective B list than other students.

Students have the option to select from the required and optional courses listed below. Course offerings vary year to year. A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered:

Required Courses
OHS 600A/OHS 600B: Research Seminar in OHS
OHS 6001: Supervised Capstone Research Paper

One of the following graduate-level research methods courses:
PSYC 6400: Theory and Methods in Social Psychology
SOCI 6040: Advanced Quantitative Methods
SOCI 6041: Advanced Qualitative Methods
MED 6280: Community Health Research Methods
EMRE 6010: Quantitative Methods
EMRE 6020: Qualitative Methods

Elective A Courses
OHS 6002: Occupational Diseases and Injuries
OHS 6003: Regulatory Approaches and Compensation Systems
Human Kinetics and Recreation 6340: Occupational Biomechanics
Human Kinetics and Recreation 6350: Human Error in Complex Work Systems
Sociology 6360: Sociology of Work
Sociology 6090: Social Science of Occupational Health and Safety

Elective B Courses
Anthropology 6071: Health and Illness - Cultural Contexts and Construction
Business 8104: Organizations: Behaviour and Structure
Business 8204: Human Resource Management
Business 8210: Labour Relations
Engineering 9115: Safety and Risk Engineering
History 6075: Advanced Studies in Labour and Working Class History
Human Kinetics and Recreation 6360: Knowledge Translation in Ergonomics and OHS
Medicine 6270: Epidemiology I
Medicine 6220: Introduction to Community Health
Medicine 6282: Canadian Health Care System
Medicine 6722: Environmental Health
Nursing 6221: Population-Based Nursing

For more information about registering for this program, contact Amy Grouchy, School of Graduate Studies, at

For more information on the Master of Occupational Health and Safety program at Memorial contact the MOHS Program Director, Dr. Kim Cullen, at