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					Master of Science in Safety, Security
    & Emergency Management

       ASSE Central Florida Chapter

                       Paul English
•   Paul English is the current Director of Safety, Environmental & Medical
    Services for E-ONE, Inc. located in Ocala, Florida. He has worked for
    Fortune 100 companies including Nestle and Ford Motor Company in
    different facets of safety, security and emergency response operations.
    While at Ford Motor Company, he was the recipient of the President's
    Health & Safety Award for Innovation representing The Americas for
    reducing injuries and illnesses while launching 3 new vehicles.

•   He earned a B.S. in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology specializing in
    Industrial Risk Management and an M.S. In Safety, Security & Emergency
    Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He has numerous
    publications regarding incident investigation, process safety management,
    benchmarking safety metrics and emergency response. He is an active
    member of the American Society of Safety Engineers-Central Florida
    Chapter and the Marion County Regional Manufactures Association.

  Eastern Kentucky University
• EKU is located in Richmond,
  KY 30 miles South of
  Lexington, KY on I-75.

• Eastern Kentucky University
  was founded in 1906. Over the
  last one hundred years, we
  have grown to 168 degree
  programs that serve more than
  15,500 students each year.

• EKU provides all of the
  opportunities available at large
  schools but maintains that
  „small school‟ feel.

 Eastern Kentucky University
• Masters program was started in 1992 with
  a grant from NIOSH.

• Program started with 5 students in the

    Admission to the Program
• Applications for admission are accepted 6 times annually.
  Successful completion of the following requirements is necessary for
  admission to pursue study leading to a Master of Science in Safety,
  Security & Emergency Management:
   – Complete the Graduate School online application and pay $35
     application fee
   – Submit official transcripts from college where bachelor‟s degree was
   – Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher
   – Achieved an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 overall or in the last 60
     hours of the baccalaureate program
   – GRE scores of 425 verbal and 425 quantitative and an analytical
     writing score of at least 3.0 on the GRE, or a 375 on the MAT
   – TOEFL score of 550 for International Students
   – Three letters of recommendation
     Admission Considerations
•   Provisional Admission
    Provisional admission may be granted upon the recommendation of the
    Safety, Security & Emergency Management Department when an applicant
    is unable to supply all of the necessary application materials (e.g. official
    GRE scores, three letters of recommendation) prior to admission
    consideration, but who otherwise meet the admission requirements.
    Complete and satisfactory application materials are required before the end
    of the semester in which the student has registered.

•   Probationary Admission
    Probationary admission may be granted upon the recommendation of the
    Safety, Security & Emergency Management Department to an applicant
    who does not meet certain requirements for clear admission, but does show
    promise for successful graduate study. For example, probationary
    admission may be granted to a student who’s GPA and GRE scores
    are below the minimum requirement. After obtaining probationary
    admission, the minimum condition to transfer to clear admission status is
    the successful completion of approved graduate course work at EKU with a
    graduate GPA of at least 3.0 and with no more than one grade of „C‟ or
        Core Curriculum                           18 hrs Total

• SSEM 815
  – Safety, Security & Emergency Management Administration
• SSEM 822
  – Workers' Compensation/Labor Law
• SSEM 833
  – Legislation & Legal Compliance
• SSEM 826
  – Emergency Prep/Response
• SSEM 865
  – Auditing for Safety, Security & Emergency Management
• SSEM 880
  – Research and Planning for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

    Additional Courses Offered
                                   12 hrs. Total

•   SSE 820-Strategic Planning for the Fire and Emergency Services
•   SSE 824-Leadership in Fire & Emergency Services
•   SSE 825-Public Sector Finance and Budgeting
•   SSE 828-Industrial Safety Management
•   SSE 829-Public Emergency Services
•   SSE 832-Construction Safety
•   SSE 834-Corporate Compliance
•   SSE 839-Applied Learning
•   SSE 841-Applied Study in Safety, Security & Emergency Management
•   SSE 845-Personal/Environmental Hazards
•   *SSE 890-Topical Seminar in Ergonomic and Human Factors I
•   *SSE 890-Topical Seminar in Ergonomic and Human Factors II
•   *SSE 890-Topical Seminar in Ergonomic and Human Factors III
•   *SSE 890-Topical Seminar in Ergonomic and Human Factors IV
•   SSE 897-Independent Study
•   HLS 800-Homeland Security Policy Analysis
•   HLS 810-Critical Infrastructure Protection
•   HLS 820-Intelligence for Homeland Security
•   HLS 830-Hazards & Threats to Homeland Security
   Thesis or Electives 6 hrs.
• SSE 898 Thesis (6 Credits)
  – Students will have the option to complete 30
    credit hours of coursework and a Thesis, or
    complete 36 hours of coursework and take a
    proctored comprehensive exam.

  – The comprehensive exams can be taken at
    EKU or at an approved remote site. The
    Thesis option requires an approved
    committee of graduate faculty.
  Program Concentrations &
• The online Master of Science in Safety, Security
  & Emergency Management Program offers
  concentrations and certificates in
  –   Occupational Safety
  –   Homeland Security, and
  –   Fire & Emergency Services
  –   *Ergonomics

• Each covering a set of courses designed to meet
  the demands and challenges of the real world.
         Program Concentrations &
                                                           Fire &
 Occupational                Homeland
                                                         Emergency                 *Ergonomics
    Safety                    Security
     SSE 828                    HLS 800                     SSE 820
                                                     Strategic Planning for the    *Ergonomic &
   Industrial Safety     Homeland Security Policy
     Management                 Analysis
                                                       Fire and Emergency         Human Factors I

                                HLS 810                     SSE 824                *Ergonomic &
     SSE 832
                           Critical Infrastructure      Leadership in Fire &
 Construction Safety
                                 Protection             Emergency Services
                                                                                  Human Factors II

     SSE 834                    HLS 820                     SSE 825                *Ergonomic &
                         Intelligence for Homeland   Public Sector Finance and
Corporate Compliance
                                   Security                  Budgeting
                                                                                  Human Factors III

     SSE 845                    HLS 830                     SSE 829                *Ergonomic &
Personal/Environmental     Hazards & Threats to
      Hazards               Homeland Security
                                                     Public Emergency Services    Human Factors IV

              Tuition and Fees
• Online Students
   – $500.00 per credit hour

• Application Fee to EKU
   – $35.00

• Many companies now offer reimbursement for accredited
  on-line or distance learning programs as part of their
  tuition assistance programs.
   – Check with you HR Department for details on your company‟s

          Compass Knowledge
• Since 1993, Compass
  Knowledge Group has
  partnered with select academic
  institutions to help them
  develop online programs that
  are academically superior and
  economically successful.

• Compass is a full service firm.
  As such, we provide any or all
  of the following services in a
  way that seamlessly dovetails
  with our academic partner's
  academic and business
Who are our students?

Distance Learning at EKU

     How does it work?
     What is required?

Distance Learning & Blackboard
• EKU utilizes a blended learning
  atmosphere of:
  – Video Lectures
  – Discussion Boards
  – Quizzes
  – Assignments
  – Research Papers
  – Final Examinations

Video Lectures

             Discussion Boards
• Discussion questions posted in Blackboard for each week.

• Starting on Monday of each week, you are to access Blackboard
  and respond in that week to the questions by 10:00 p.m.
  Wednesday of that week.

• In addition, you are expected to make a minimum of two (2) entries
  in response to your peer responses or posts (these will all appear on
  the Discussion Board).

• You should not post all entries at one time but rather reflect on the
  insight that others have brought to the discussion.

              Discussion Boards
• The postings serve as a reflection of the students understanding of
  course material to the facilitator and instructor.

• Daily interaction with the instructor/ facilitator via the Virtual Office
  and class Discussion Board is vitally important to your success in
  this course.

• Students must schedule appropriate time on a daily basis in which
  they interact with the facilitator on the various course topics which
  will be discussed.

• Students should post any and all questions they have regarding the
  subject matter or any issue regarding this class in the Virtual Office
  and Discussion Boards.
Example of Discussion Sessions
1. Is the OSH Act an effective law in
   safeguarding the American workplace? Is
   it effective in 2007? Why or why not?
   Please explain.

2. Are the three agencies established under
   the OSH Act still in alignment today?

• Quizzes are designed to help students reflect on the course material
  and prepare them for the final exam.

• Quizzes assess the understanding of the video lessons and required
  course readings. You will have to complete both of these
  requirements to be successful on the quizzes.

• Quizzes are usually multiple choice or short answer questions.

• Some tests are timed and others are not.

        Class Assignments
• Class assignments can include:
  – Writing abstracts on SSEM articles and
    current events
  – Researching specific events, standards or
    policies affecting SSEM.
  – Writing safety or security programs for specific

              Class Assignments
              SSEM 832 Examples
• Write a short paper (3-4 pages) on what you learned are
  the most important aspects of Electrical safety and how
  you might apply this in your everyday life as a safety

• Write a 3-4 page paper (double-spaced) on current
  issues with the multi-employer citation policy.
   – (Note: you may want to read/review some current legal decisions
     in Westlaw - see EKU library link).

                     Research Papers
                    SSEM 834 Example
•   Select a corporate compliance related situation (one that has already
    occurred) that you would like to know more about and is of interest to you.

•   Analyze this situation to identify the problems encountered, the things which
    could have been done to prevent and/or minimize the effects and other key

•   Your research paper should include, but not be limited to, the following:
     – Synopsis of the safety and personnel related issue
     – Effects of the safety issue on the workplace
     – Response
     – Critique of response
     – Overall assessment of the situation

•   The paper should be a minimum of 20 pages in length and is due the last
    week of class. You will not be penalized for exceeding the page limit if it   25
    becomes necessary to do so.
     Research Paper Examples
           Incidents                Standards & Policies
•   Texas City BP Explosion    •   Proposed Combustible
•   “The Station” Nightclub        Dust Standard
    Fire                       •   PSM issues in Ammonia
•   Ford Motor Company             Refrigeration
    Rouge Explosion            •   Incident Investigation
•   Triangle Shirtwaist Fire       Quality Control
•   Imperial Sugar Refinery    •   Proposed Crane
    Explosion                      Standard
                               •   NFPA 1901 Apparatus
               Final Exams
• Final exams are open book and consist of
  multiple essay questions.

• Some class finals call for a presentation PPT to
  be developed and turned in with course

• Some classes call for comprehensive safety
  programs to be submitted with course work.

 Bachelor of Science in Fire & Safety
Engineering Technology and Certificate
    Program in Fire Administration

   Eastern Kentucky University

      Bachelor of Science in Fire & Safety
          Engineering Technology
•   Eastern Kentucky University has one of the nation‟s top undergraduate programs in
    Fire & Safety Engineering Technology now offered completely online.

•   A program designed to meet the needs of today‟s working fire and safety

•   The program‟s comprehensive curriculum and high level of relevancy make the Fire &
    Safety Engineering Technology a must-have degree for today‟s first response

•   With a solid reputation as a premier source for expertise in fire and safety, you have
    the opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally recognized leaders in these

•   Eastern Kentucky University's bachelor degree and certificate program allows you to
    increase your knowledge of the fire and safety industry, facilitating the chance for
    career advancement while continuing to work full time and enjoying your life the way
    you want                                                                             29
       Program Requirements (75 Credits)

               Required                                         Electives
•   FSE101 Fire Prevention                       •   FSE200 Applied Fire/Safety Analysis
•   FSE120 Fire Behavior and Combustion          •   FSE300 Technical Report Writing for
•   FSE201 Building Construction                     Emergency Services
•   FSE221 Fire Protection Systems               •   FSE305 Hazardous Materials
•   FSE223 Fire and Emergency Scene              •   FSE349 Applied Learning in Fire and Safety
    Operations                                       Engineering
•   FSE225 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection      •   FSE 355 Fire Dynamics
    and Safety                                   •   FSE361 Principles of Occupational Safety
•   FSE230 Fire Prevention Organization and          and Health
    Management                                   •   FSE365 Emergency Service Instructional
•   FSE320 Principles of Emergency Services          Methodology
•   FSE322 Fire Protection Structures & System   •   FSE375 Emergency Service Resource
    Design                                           Management
•   FSE350 Fire and Arson Investigation I        •   FSE390 Workers‟ Compensation I
•   FSE360 Fire Protection Hydraulics and        •   FSE400 Advanced Emergency Service
    Water Supply                                     Administration
                                                 •   FSE425 Disaster and Community Fire
                                                     Defense Planning                         30
Additional Coursework Required
• TRS235 Emergency Vehicle Roadway Operations

• PSY200 Introduction to Psychology

• CHE101 w/ CHE107 Chemistry I w/ College Chemistry I
  Lab: 4 Credits

• MAT107 College Algebra

       Up and Coming Safety
• The BS program offered online can be used as a vehicle
  for people in your organization who show interest in EHS
  who do not have a formal degree.

• Students can be steered towards a safety focus in the
  Bachelor's Program.

• A full Occupational Safety On-line BS program is
  currently being developed and will be offered in the
  coming years.
   – Best Case, Fall 2009
   – Worst Case, Summer 2010
          More information
• For more information on the BS program,
  please visit:

• For more information on the MS program,
  please visit:

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