EMBA in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership
Upcoming Start Dates: January 6, March 3
Welcome to Canada’s first Executive MBA in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Leadership! This visionary new program has been jointly developed and is supported by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).
*CSSE CHSC-certified members will be granted a 1-course advanced standing, and are not required to take the Level B elective.
Why This Program Is Needed
The role of the occupational health and safety (OHS) unit in an organization has been steadily and significantly rising to prominence over the last several decades, with many organizations being transferred into the Operations function. This is well-deserved, as the evidence clearly indicates that well-designed and well-managed OHS programs contribute to a much healthier, more satisfied and more productive workforce, coincidentally with a significant financial upside for the organization. However, many, if not most, managers of OHS units have risen to their management positions without any prior post-secondary education in management, and face the dual challenges of a potential performance deficit, and reduced probability of promotion into executive ranks. Thus, this program has been developed to address these challenges, by improving the post-secondary educational landscape for upwardly-mobile OHS managers and executives.
For Whom This Program Is Designed
Our online Executive MBA with a focus on Occupational Health and Safety Leadership is designed for advanced-career professionals and managers of OHS units who aspire to lead their businesses towards much higher performance. It begins with coverage of foundational management essentials such as financial, analytical and decision-making skills, and knowledge of an organization's core functions and interactions. The program goes much further than that. Its core focus is on leadership techniques, especially collaborative leadership in the complex context of multiple stakeholders and multiple objectives; then it augments this core focus with a series of specialty track courses focused exclusively on the needs of OHS leaders.
Our goal is to prepare advanced-career professionals and managers for senior managerial positions, and to prepare them for success in those positions, all without interrupting their career momentum. To accomplish our educational goal we employ a variety of educational tools and techniques, including some of the most advanced online teaching and learning applications available, and a carefully designed suite of courses delivered in a focused and flexible schedule.
There are fourteen courses: ten foundation courses, three specialization courses including one elective, and one capstone integration project. Courses are completed in a seven-week fixed-agenda format. If courses are taken in a typical seven-week fixed-agenda format, the duration of the MBA program is two years, five months.
The Online Experience
To maximize the learning experience throughout the program our students will participate in "live" seminars and/or conferences with experienced leaders from global organizations. Our students and faculty are not limited by geographical boundaries, providing a new educational experience that allows learners to think with an international perspective while working on case studies and projects with other colleagues from around the world.
The Program is also designed to integrate knowledge across subject areas. Students keep a journal/portfolio throughout their program, accumulating projects and assignments as they progress through the program and using this prior work as resource material for their final project. There are also specific portfolio activities and assignments throughout the program where students are asked to combine or compare knowledge across courses.
Individuals who wish to apply to the Executive MBA in Occupational Health & Safety Leadership will preferably have an undergraduate degree, but must have at least five years of work experience, including two years in management.
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