ABOUT THE FIELD
Today’s consumers demand products that are high quality, environmentally sustainable, safe and healthy for manufacturers and users, and socially responsible.
Product stewardship is an emerging and evolving field that is defined as the “responsible management of the health, safety, and environmental aspects of raw materials, intermediate, and consumer products throughout their lifecycle and across the value chain in order to prevent or minimize negative impacts and maximize value." Product stewardship addresses local, national, and global issues relating to the environment, worker health and safety, and social accountability as they relate to the design, use and disposal of everyday products.
The MS in Product Stewardship is offered by the IU Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health, which has strong ties with industry and faculty active in the field.
Your degree will open doors to such positions as:
- Corporate product stewardship manager
- Sustainability analyst
- Product developer
- Public relations and fundraising manager
- Business operations specialist
- Human resources specialist
- First-line supervisor of retail sales workers
- Risk manager
- Strategy manager
- Product engineer
As a student in the MS in Product Stewardship degree program, you complete 30 hours of graduate hours, broken down as follows:
Public Health Fundamentals (6 credit hours)
Environmental Health Science Fundamentals (9 credit hours)
Specialized Product Stewardship Coursework (15 credit hours)
The MS in Product Stewardship is designed for those who would like to advance their careers by meeting the ever-growing demand for product stewardship professionals. There are no specific course prerequisites; however, successful applicants will have a strong academic record and proven skills in science and analytical thinking.
Competitive candidates include:
- Working professionals who are already active in the product stewardship field, who seek the formal training that will allow them to move up in their product stewardship organizations.
- Working professionals from a wide range of other backgrounds, including environmental health, regulatory compliance, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, sustainability, product development, supply chain, and law.
- Current undergraduates who want to pursue a graduate degree in order to fast-track their careers.
You may enroll in the MS as a full-time or part-time student and must complete the degree within five years.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $500.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1500.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $1225.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $3675.00
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