Industrial Hygiene Concentration

(ANSAC-ABET Accredited)

Each year the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety (GLC-OHS) 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. Students also have the ability to pursue a formal concentration in Industrial Hygiene as part of the MPH or MS degree program by noting such in their application materials. The MPH degree program normally has between three and eight students enrolled each year and two to four graduates. The MS degree program has between one and four students enrolled with one to two graduates each year. Trainee offers are extended each semester based on student enrollment. Current students interested in consideration for the traineeship should talk to the traineeship director (contact information below).  The traineeship is coordinated by the GLC-OHS.

The Industrial Hygiene concentration 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. Particular 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 industrial hygiene 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) industrial hygiene education focuses on further expanding research skills necessary for solving a wide range of occupational and environmental health problems.

Students that complete the program in Industrial Hygiene reduce 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 Industrial Hygiene Program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Concentration Contacts

Programs with the Industrial Hygiene Concentration

Industrial Hygiene Curriculum

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.

Admissions Requirements

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Meet the Faculty

Lorraine Conroy headshot.

Lorraine Conroy, PhD, is a professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and director of the graduate program in Occupational Safety.  She serves as the Director for the UIC Center for Health Work, a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health. She is also the co-Director of the Occupational Safety Program and Director of the Pilot Projects Research Training Program in the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center.

Conroy has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master and doctoral degree in Environmental Science and Physiology, with a focus in industrial hygiene from Harvard University, School of Public Health.

Margaret Sietsema headshot

Margaret Sietsema, PhD ’15, MS ’11, is an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.  Her research interests are primarily focused on personal protective equipment, real-time monitoring, and pandemic preparedness. She received an undergraduate degree in medicinal chemistry from Purdue University and an MS and PhD in environmental and occupational health sciences with a concentration in industrial hygiene from the UIC School of Public Health.

Yuan Shao headshot.

Yuan Shao, PhD, is an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.  His research focuses on quantitative exposure assessment for air contaminants. He studies how different historical exposure reconstruction strategies would impact the estimated health risks in epidemiological studies. He explores economical solutions for real-time measuring and visualizing airborne contaminants concentrations in a 3D space. He evaluates the performance of multiple indoor-pollutant disperse models and a 3D aerosol measuring and imaging system in both indoor and outdoor environments. He received a PhD in Industrial Hygiene (major) and Epidemiology (minor), and an MS in Industrial Hygiene, from the University of Minnesota. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

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Serap Erdal, PhD. is an associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, where she has a research program in exposure and health risk assessment for environmental and occupational hazards.  She received a BS and MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a PhD from University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Her research interests include environmental and occupational exposure assessment, health risk assessment, development of exposure measurement methods/techniques, multi-media exposure analysis and modeling, aerosol science and technology, validation and performance testing of air pollution sensors, environmental justice, health disparities, community-based research, environmental sustainability.

Sal Cali headshot.

Salvatore Cali, CIH is an instructor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health.