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About the School of Occupational and Public Health

Ryerson's School of Occupational and Public Health is a leader in injury and disease prevention education.

We are committed to excellence in teaching, relevant curriculum, innovative research and service to the community.

Our graduates are industry leaders committed to protecting the health of people and their communities.

Our mission and vision

Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Advance knowledge in occupational and public health and safety
  • Address societal needs through innovation and excellence in research and teaching
  • Prepare students for successful professional careers and leadership in industry and the community

Specifically, we:

  • Advance the science of occupational and public health and safety through research aimed at practical solutions to important health and safety challenges
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to identify and address occupational and public health and safety priorities
  • Prepare practitioners who have the academic and professional skills required to meet the occupational and public health and safety needs of the local, national and international community

Vision

Our vision is to be a leading centre for applied research and professional education in occupational and public health and safety.

Our history

Since its establishment in 1953, Ryerson’s School of Occupational and Public Health has continually evolved to prepare students to meet the changing health and safety needs of Canadians.

A few highlights:

  • In response to a noted societal need for trained public health professionals, we opened our doors to students in 1953.
  • We are the first undergraduate school in Canada to offer accredited degree programs in both occupational health and safety and public health and safety. Over the years, we have delivered highly skilled graduates capable of advancing health and safety standards.
  • Our Public Health and Safety program — established in 1960 — is the original and longest-running program of its kind in Canada.
  • Our Occupational Health and Safety degree is the only comprehensive degree of its type in Canada.
  • We are one of the first universities to offer continuing education in occupational health and safety. We are a leader in delivering continuing education in a range of formats, including online, intensive and in-person.
Message from the director

Welcome to Ryerson’s School of Occupational and Public Health.  

Professionally oriented programs, co-operative education opportunities and dedicated faculty members will prepare you for a range of careers and community leadership roles in occupational and public health and safety.

Highly qualified faculty will guide you through your education and help to ensure you make the most of the learning opportunities available to you. A well-rounded curriculum will encourage you to develop a strong scientific mind, as well as provide you with professional skills and a broader education in the humanities and communications.

We encourage you to take advantage of Ryerson’s numerous learning and personal support services and to get involved in sports, student clubs, student politics and volunteer work. Getting involved makes your time at Ryerson a memorable and life-changing experience.

Explore our programs, meet our faculty and decide if Ryerson’s School of Occupational and Public Health is right for you. I look forward to welcoming you to our school!

Thomas Tenkate, DrPH
Director

What is occupational and public health?

Workplaces and communities in Canada are safer than ever before, thanks in large part to the work of occupational and public health and safety professionals:

  • Occupational health and safety professionals help prevent injury and illness in the workplace
  • Public health and safety professionals help prevent disease and protect public health for the entire population

Both professions anticipate, evaluate and control physical, biological, chemical and other hazards.

Drawing upon their specialized knowledge, these professionals help develop and implement initiatives that improve health, safety and well-being in work environments and in a range of settings accessed by the public.

Our people

Our faculty are leaders in their fields, coming from across the country and around the world to teach at Ryerson.

Their research addresses critical societal needs and develops practical solutions to important health and safety challenges.

Our faculty regularly make important contributions to policy, practice and teaching.

They maintain strong links with public agencies, research organizations, professional networks and industry associations.

Our faculty members are dedicated to student success. Integrating research and professional experience into their teaching, they create unique learning opportunities in the classroom. Together with our dedicated staff, they help our students to achieve their goals.