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2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Health Psychology Interdisciplinary Minor

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Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) concerns the application of psychological and health-related knowledge to improve the quality of work life, and to protect and promote the safety, health and well-being of workers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged that this new field give special attention to the primary prevention of organizational risk factors for stress, illness, and injury at work. According to NIOSH, topics typically addressed in OHP programs include:

  • Survey of occupational safety and health
  • Job stress theory and mechanisms
  • Organizational risk factors for occupational stress, injury, and illness.
  • Health implications of stressful work, including physical and psychological health, and social and economic outcomes.
  • Organizational interventions (e.g., work redesign) and programs (e.g., employee assistance programs, work-family programs) for reduction of occupational stress, illness and injury.
  • Research methods and practices in public/occupational health and epidemiology.

For advising, contact Dr. Omie Shepherd, Professor of Health and Human Performance (shepherdo@psu.edu) or Dr. Leigh Schmitt, Assistant Professor of Psychology (schmittl@apsu.edu).

(18 hours, maximum of nine (9) from the same discipline)

Required Courses:

Student Note

Students in majors that do not require a minor may be permitted to double-count up to nine (9) hours toward their major and minor.  For students in majors that do not require a minor, check with your major advisor to see if double-counting is permitted.

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