Industrial Hygiene training seeks to develop practitioners and researchers capable to anticipating, recognizing, assessing and solving problems in occupational health and safety. The curriculum incorporates field experiences with theoretical concepts and quantitative methods to help students prepare for their careers as Industrial Hygienists. Graduates of the Industrial Hygiene program promote occupational and environmental health and safety around the world through positions with federal, state and local government agencies, industry, consulting firms, labor organizations, and advocacy organizations.
Students may complete formal concentrations in Industrial Hygiene in the MPH and MS, degree programs offered through the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) Division in the UIC School of Public Health. Additionally, students in the PhD program can select Industrial Hygiene as a major or collateral area of study. Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to receive a stipend and/or tuition support from the Illinois ERC training grant funded by NIOSH. The Industrial Hygiene concentrations in the MPH and MS degree programs are accredited by the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The Industrial Hygiene program is led by Rachael Jones, PhD, CIH. Many faculty within the EOHS Division and across UIC, however, have research interests and teaching that intersect with the skills and goals of Industrial Hygienists and students are encouraged to engage with faculty to find mentorship, learning opportunities and research opportunities.