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MPH in Environmental Occupational Health

Industrial Hygiene Track

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The industrial hygiene track focuses on worker protection. Students interested in admission are required to have completed one year of general or inorganic chemistry, and at least one semester of organic chemistry and physics, in addition to the MPH biology requirement. Contact us if you have any questions about these requirements. Students can make up deficient coursework during their first year in the program.

Industrial Hygiene is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, presentation, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community.

Accreditation Update: We are transitioning our MPH Environmental and Occupational Health – Industrial Hygiene (IH) program accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) to Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). However, our MPH-IH program will be ABET-certified until September 30th, 2020. All MPH-IH students who graduate before September 30th, 2020 will graduate with an ABET accredited MPH-IH degree.

The CEPH and ABET accreditations overlap substantially in the field of Industrial Hygiene. It is more efficient for the College and the Department to use only one accreditation. We are consulting with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) on this issue so we can tailor the educational experience to accommodate future graduates to have similar benefits as the ABET accreditation program.

To meet this definition, the Program Educational Objectives for graduates of the IH Program include the following:

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  1. Graduates are able to consider the entire workplace system as a whole when evaluating and solving industrial hygiene problems.
  2. Graduates are able to professionally communicate both verbally and in writing.
  3. Graduates are able to understand and apply ethical standards, particularly as they relate to occupational safety and health.
  4. Graduates are able to anticipate/recognize agents and stressors both in and out of the workplace, apply appropriate strategies to evaluate them, and develop cost effective exposure controls for the agents and stressors. This includes understanding and applying statistical and epidemiological data.
  5. Graduates develop the communication skills needed to participate as a part of a management team working to protect people, property, and the environment.
  6. Graduates are able to become Certified Industrial Hygienists.


Completion of the EOH-Industrial Hygiene track will enable students to:

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  • Recognize the need for lifelong learning
  • Anticipate workplace stressors
  • Recognize workplace stressors
  • Evaluate workplace stressors
  • Develop control plans for workplace stressors
  • Understand the toxics and physiological effects of workplace stressors
  • Specify correct PPE
  • Use statistics and epidemiology in their workplace evaluations
  • Correctly apply legal standards to workplace situations


NIOSH Training Grant Funding

Those interested in worker protection and safety may be eligible to receive funds through the NIOSH training program.

Year MPH EOH Admissions MPH IH track MPH EOH Graduates MPH EOH-IH Graduates As of
2012 3 n/a 6 n/a Dec. 2012
2013 3 1 3 1 Dec. 2013
2014 12 11   1 Dec. 2014
2015 15 5 1 1 Dec. 2015
2016 12 5 2 7 Dec. 2016


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