Sep 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Public and Environmental Wellness

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Human Health Building

433 Meadow Brook Road

Rochester, MI 48309-4452

(248) 370-3562

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Chairperson: Florence J. Dallo, Ph.D.

Environmental Health and Safety Director: Thomas Schenk

Wellness and Health Promotion Coordinator: Florence J. Dallo

Public Health Director: Rebecca R. Cheezum

Professor: Florence J. Dallo

Associate professor: Rebecca Cheezum

Assistant professor: Aubrey Arain, Elise C. Brown, Caress A. Dean, Tara L. Diesbourg, Mozhgon Rajaee, Katherine M. Rougeau, Kwame S. Sakyi, Thomas Schenk

Special instructor: Charles W. McGlothlin, Jr.

Special lecturer: Charles M. Rinehart


Environmental Health and Safety Program

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is a specified branch of the health engineering professions, focusing on the environmental protection and occupational safety. Protecting America’s workers, the environment and the general public from injury and illness in today’s age of technological advancement has become one of the most challenging and rewarding professions available. Environmental Health and Safety professionals strive to identify, evaluate and eliminate or control hazards that expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm. The EHS profession applies fundamental exposure assessment techniques (both qualitative and quantitative) for environmental health protection, particularly, the physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, mechanical, electrical and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body. Environmental Health and Safety also aims to prevent occupational injuries, diseases or illnesses that may occur in the work environment. In addition, the EHS professional is involved in the prevention of accidents that could cause property or environmental damages.

The Environmental Health and Safety program is multi-disciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to basic sciences and behavioral science subjects as well as a thorough introduction to environmental health, occupational safety and industrial hygiene concepts.  A one-semester internship in the senior year of the program provides students with first-hand field experience in the practice of environmental health and safety. Internship placements are approved and monitored by the program director and include manufacturing, insurance, health care, energy and engineering, construction, service, consulting, labor, and government organizations.

Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities in a wide variety of occupations, including health care facilities, industrial firms, petrochemical and energy, construction companies, insurance companies, professional associations, local, state, and federal government, and labor organizations. Oakland University’s proximity to many of the national’s leading industrial companies provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities throughout the EHS curriculum, particularly for the internship placements. These world-class companies also offer employment opportunities to the EHS graduate.

Wellness and Health Promotion Program

The Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) program is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI). Wellness and Health Promotion graduates achieving an overall GPA of 2.75 may register as certified wellness practitioners (CWP) with the NWI. The WHP program prepares entry-level employment in a variety of health, commercial, industrial, government, hospital, community and non-profit organizations. A parallel secondary function of the WHP program prepares students for entry to graduate programs of study in fields such as exercise science, health education, human resources, public health, and related professional and medical fields such as a second degree in nursing, physician assistant, or medicine.  Professional skills of graduates are utilized in health enhancement, disease prevention, health education/promotion, health and fitness, corporate and work-site wellness, as well as human resource practice and management.

High-achieving students who would like to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently should pursue the Wellness and Health Promotion B.S. to MPH 4+1 Plan combined bachelor/master degree program. Additionally, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing have partnered to create the Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) to Accelerated Second-Degree (ASD) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pathway. This pathway is for first-time Pre-Nursing freshman students who did not gain admission to the Basic BSN program after their first year of study. Up to five pre-nursing students will be offered automatic admission to the ASD program through the WHP-ASD pathway.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.


    Bachelor of ScienceNon Degree


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