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. Current students interested in consideration for the traineeship should talk to the traineeship director (contact information below).  Approximately five students complete this program each year, allowing trainee offers to be made each semester.  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 ANSAC ABET Accredited 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.

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.

Dr. Lorraine Conroy is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health, where she directs 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.

Dr. 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

Dr. Margaret Sietsema is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health.

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 industrial hygiene from UIC.

Susan Buchanan headshot.

Dr. Susan Buchanan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Dr. Buchanan received an MD from the Ohio State University, did her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Vermont and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency at UIC.

Her research areas include Occupational and environmental health; reproductive environmental health; children’s environmental health.

Serap Erdal headshot.

Dr. Serap Erdal is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health where she has a research program in exposure and health risk assessment for environmental and occupational hazards.

Dr. Erdal 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.

Preethi Pratap headshot.

Dr. Preethi Lakshmi Pratap is a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago , School of Public Health.

She also serves as the Director of Continuing Education and Outreach Programs for the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety.