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  • Sara Doan

Arkansas State adding new one-of-a-kind health professions major

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

JONESBORO, Ark- Starting in the fall, students will have new programs they can choose to study.

One unique major the university announced it would add is an Occupational and Environmental

Safety and Health program.

“We had a wonderful opportunity to work with industrial partners and hospital employers in the area to develop this program,” says Julie King, assistant professor of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health. “To get input on what their needs are going to be in the future. In terms of protecting worker safety and also protecting the environment and community health.”

The new Bachelor of Science in Occupational and Environmental and Safety Health will fall under the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Students will take courses in multiple areas, including environmental safety, toxicology, food safety, and health.

The university will accept their first cohort for the fall.

King says the one-of-a-kind and hands-on major will set A-State apart when students look at colleges and jobs.

“There are no accredited bachelor’s programs in the state of Arkansas for this Occupational, environmental safety and health. Ours will be the only accredited program in the state. I think that students are looking for accreditation to help set apart their education. It’s a program for those students wanting to go into industrial hygiene, occupational safety, environmental health, and public safety,” says King.

King says they already have people reach out to show interest in the program.

If you would like to know more about the program, you are encouraged to email King at


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