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Industrial Hygiene Concentration

ANSAC-ABET Accredited

Industrial hygiene students work together during a ventilation lab.

The goal of industrial hygiene is to ensure workers can work in a safe and healthy environment. The Industrial Hygiene concentration aims to prepare students for careers assessing hazardous workplace exposures. 

Industrial hygiene is the process of recognizing, evaluating, and preventing exposures in the workplace. Exposures may be chemical (e.g. carbon monoxide), biological (e.g. infectious disease), psychosocial (e.g. work stress), or physical (e.g. too loud) in nature. Our industrial hygiene concentration provides students from diverse backgrounds with the skills and knowledge necessary to assess hazardous workplace exposures. Industrial hygiene is a rapidly growing field and we prepare students for exposure science careers in a wide variety of sectors, including private industry, government, research and development.

Students who complete the Industrial Hygiene program reduce the requirements to be a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH ®) and are eligible to become a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP ®) upon graduation ahead of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP ®) certification. The Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits the Industrial Hygiene Program.

Students in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences may choose to pursue a formal concentration in Industrial Hygiene as part of the MPH or MS degree programs by noting such in their application materials. Apply today!

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Students can enroll in our Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) program in industrial hygiene. All students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to assess exposures, identify hazards, and assess risk. Which degree is right for you?

MPH: Practical focus, with internships and capstone projects.

MS: Research-oriented, with a thesis requirement.

Students must complete the school-wide core requirements and a sufficient number of the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices as necessary to attain 49 semester hours of credit for the Master of Public Health degree and 53 semester hours of credit for the Master of Science degree. In addition, students must adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.

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All students interested in studying industrial hygiene must have a full year of college-level math, and courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics.

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Each year the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety in collaboration with NIOSH, funds an average of ten students as Industrial Hygiene trainees. Due to federal funding of the trainee program, only US Citizens and US Permanent Residents are eligible to be considered for these positions. These traineeships are awarded to MPH, MS, and PhD students with US citizenship interested in pursuing an Industrial Hygiene curriculum.

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