Earn a degree in Occupational Safety, Health and Fire Science

The Occupational Safety, Health and Fire Science degree provides students with the knowledge of current legal requirements, standards, codes, and regulation of safety and health which are integrated with modern fire protection principles. The program covers the study of various factors in building structures and the uses of tools and materials which cause accidents.

  • Program offers flexibility in course selection to independently motivate students who have cross-disciplinary interests
  • Curriculum offers appropriate preparation for many professional jobs (Fire Fighter, Emergency Manager, and Health/Safety Officer) as well as for advanced graduate programs
  • Small student/faculty ratio
  • Students work closely with select faculty on senior seminar projects of their choice
  • During your junior and/or senior years, you are encouraged to seek summer internships to enhance your already extensive educational experience here
  • Students have secured employment in companies or graduate schools thanks to their research


Faculty Bios

Victor LauriaAssistant Professor
Program Director of Emergency Management, Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health Programs

M.S.-T.C. Eastern Michigan University

B.S. Northern Michigan University

Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.) Novi Police Department

Graduate FBI National Academy – Session #250


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Victor Lauria

Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28-year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."

His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.

In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.

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