Master of Occupational Health and Safety

The Master of Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program, providing advanced-level study of multiple aspects of occupational health and safety.

The MOHS program at Memorial is the first in the Atlantic region, fourth in Canada, and built on the expertise that has been developed at this University over the past decade. It is designed to provide students, safety officers, loss prevention specialists and human relations managers with analytic frameworks, research skills and up-to-date knowledge of this field.

The invaluable skills and knowledge provided by the program 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 completing the MOHS program by itself alone does not provide any sort of professional certification.


If you have been admitted to at least a second-class (B average) bachelor's degree, in a wide range of academic fields, we invite you to apply to the MOHS program.

Unlike many other graduate programs at Memorial University, you do not need to arrange a supervisor in advance to apply for this program. A supervisor in the MOHS program would be identified once you have begun your studies.

Applications for a Fall* term of intake must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by January 15 of each year - please review our general application instructions at for more information. Since the number of places is limited, the application process is competitive.

*Please note that there are no admissions for either the Winter or Spring terms.

Academic structure

To be admitted to the degree of Master of Occupational Health and Safety, you must complete 24 (twenty-four) credit-hours of coursework. This is comprised of the following:

  • A Capstone Research Paper in OHS 6001.
  • 9 (nine) credit-hours from the Required Courses list.
  • 9 (nine) credit-hours from the Elective A Courses list.
  • 6 (six) credit hours from the Elective B Courses list.

Elective A courses may be substituted for any Elective B courses.

If you have completed the Safety Engineering Technology Post Diploma at the College of the North Atlantic, or another approved equivalent program, you are eligible for advanced standing. In this case, you would not have to take Elective B courses.

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
HKR 6340: Occupational Biomechanics
HKR 6350: Human Error in Complex Work Systems
SOCI 6360: Sociology of Work
SOCI 6090: Social Science of Occupational Health and Safety

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

Please note that course offerings vary year by year.


For more information about...

  • Registering for the program: Ms. Katrielle Edmond, administrative programs assistant:
  • Academic content and structure of the program: Dr. Kim Cullen, program director: