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Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene

Mission

The Industrial Hygiene (IH) program aims to educate professionals with research skills and practical expertise at the masters and doctoral levels, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills needed to systematically solve occupational and environmental health problems. These objectives are accomplished by providing a variety of individual and team-based classroom and real-world learning experiences. Particiular emphasis is given to interdisciplinary experiences with other occupational health and safety professionals. Graduates are prepared to undertake both practice-based (MPH) and research-focused (MS, PhD) positions in industry, government, consulting and academia.

We seek to build an appreciation for the overall process of disease and injury detection, cultivate knowledge and skills for conducting risk evaluations leading to hazard control, and ensure competence in the use and application of a wide variety of industrial hygiene methods and tools.

Graduate-level IH education has two goals:

  1.  To develop public health practitioners with a broad range of real-world experience (MPH).
  2.  To prepare a cadre of professionals with research expertise (MS). Doctoral-level (PhD) IH education focuses on further expanding research skills necessary for solving a wide range of occupational and environmental health problems.

 

Curricula

A total of 52 semester hours (SH) are required for a masters degree (MPH or MS) in industrial hygiene.

Masters in Public Health (MPH) - The MPH curriculum consists of 18 SH of school-wide core courses, a field experience (3 SH), a capstone experience (1 SH) and 29 SH of EOHS and IH core courses.

Masters of Science (MS) - The MS curriculum consists of 11 SH of school-wide core courses, 12 SH of MS research and 29 SH of EOHS and IH core courses

*Click MPH and MS industrial hygiene coursework for a description.

 

Program Educational Objectives

 

Masters in Public Health (MPH)

Within five years of completion, we expect graduates of the IH MPH program to be employed as industrial hygiene practitioners who:

  1. Apply problem-solving skills to public health challenges
  2. Are global in perspective, skills and knowledge
  3. Participate in professional society activities
  4. Are skilled at working in teams
  5. Take on leadership opportunities
  6. Recognize the importance of being life-long learners
  7. Seek professional recognition and certification
  8. Demonstrate ethical responsibility and awareness of ethical principles
  9. Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills with a broad range of audiences

 

Masters of Science (MS)

Within five years of completion, we expect graduates of the IH MS program to be employed as industrial hygiene professionals who:

  1. Conduct research to resolve public health problems
  2. Are global in perspective, skills and knowledge
  3. Participate in professional society activities
  4. Are skilled at working in teams
  5. Take on leadership opportunities
  6. Recognize the importance of being life-long learners
  7. Seek professional recognition, certification and additional research skills
  8. Demonstrate ethical responsibility and awareness of ethical principles
  9. Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills with a broad range of audiences

 

ABET Accredited Degree Programs

The MS and MPH degree programs in industrial hygiene are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC). ASAC is within the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Students who complete the industrial hygiene degree program are expected to be proficient in applied science and industrial hygiene-specific knowledge and skills. Click on the links below‌ for specific degree outcomes.‌

MPH IH Student Outcomes

MS IH Student Outcomes

 

Industrial Hygiene Program Application Criteria

Masters of Public Health Applicants

Students applying to the primary concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences must have completed one year of college math and one year of either chemistry, biology, or physics. Those interested in the ASAC-ABET Accredited MPH Program in Industrial Hygiene must meet the criteria listed above. In addition, applicants should have completed coursework in college-level mathematics, biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics. Exceptions may be granted for applicants with relevant work experience or high-level academic achievements. Exceptions may be admitted with an individually documented plan of study to compensate for deficiencies, although applicants are strongly encouraged to satisfy all deficiencies prior to matriculation. Applicants are invited to consult with the Industrial Hygiene Program Director about possible deficiencies.

Masters of Science Applicants

A major in the biological, physical, or social sciences is preferred. Students applying to the primary concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health must have completed a full year of general chemistry, at least one semester of organic chemistry, and two semesters of calculus; one course in human physiology is also required for those interested in a secondary concentration in Occupational Safety. Those interested in the ASAC-ABET Accredited MS Program in Industrial Hygiene must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school, including completed coursework in college-level mathematics, biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics.Exceptions may be granted for applicants with relevant work experience or high-level academic achievements. Exceptions may be admitted with an individually documented plan of study to compensate for deficiencies, although applicants are strongly encouraged to satisfy all deficiencies prior to matriculation. Applicants are invited to consult with the Industrial Hygiene Program Director about possible deficiencies.

Industrial Hygiene Faculty

To view all EOHS faculty, please visit the SPH faculty page

Lisa Brosseau, MS, ScD

ERC Program Director

brosseau@uic.edu

Lorraine Conroy, ScD, CIH

Occupational Safety              
Co-Director

lconroy@uic.edu

 
Industrial Hygiene Professor

scali@uic.edu

Rachael Jones, MPH, PhD

ERC Deputy Program Director

rjones25@uic.edu

John Franke, MS, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

underdog@uic.edu

Michael Fiore, CIH, CSP

Adjunct Assistant Professor

mfiore6@uic.edu

Michael Selway

Adjunct Lecturer

mselway1@uic.edu 

Preethi Pratap, MSc, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

plakshmi@uic.edu

 

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