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Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Diane E. Zerbe
Diane Zerbe

Introduction to Online Learning.


Introduces concepts, terminology, and methodology in the practice of industrial hygiene, and identifies resource materials. Includes lectures, typical problems, demonstrations, and a walk-through survey.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the legal, professional, and ethical framework for the practice of industrial hygiene
  2. Define basic terms and technical concepts integral to the practice of industrial hygiene
  3. Explain the differences between chemical (gases/vapors, dusts/mists/fumes), physical, and biological agents in the workplace
  4. Calculate time-weighted averages
  5. Convert between various units of exposure (for example, mg/m3 to ppm)
  6. Calculate and interpret noise exposures and doses
  7. Identify the basic concepts of workplace exposure assessment
  8. Describe the hierarchy of controls and how it applies to hazard control
  9. Integrate various concepts into a broader occupational/environmental health practice
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Quizzes
  • 30% Midterm
  • 20% Discussion
  • 35% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Not designed to prepare you for the Certified Industrial Hygienist qualifying exam.