Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) Program
Peter S.J. Lees, PhD, CIH
The Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program is directed to the recognition, evaluation and control of factors in the workplace which may cause illness or injury. The industrial hygiene program is a part of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Educational and Research Center. Students in the industrial hygiene program work closely with and attend selected classes with students from occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental health nursing, and the Occupational Injury Prevention Program.
The program leading to the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree is intended to provide broad education, training and experience for the general practice of industrial hygiene and safety. The MSPH program in industrial hygiene is accredited by the American Board of Engineering Technology (ABET). The basic curriculum includes physiology, toxicology, occupational health, ergonomics, noise and other physical agents, biostatistics, epidemiology, principles of industrial hygiene, health and safety management, principles of industrial safety, health and safety law, ventilation and industrial hygiene laboratory. In addition to course-work, submission of a written essay is required for the MSPH degree. Most MSPH students complete a 3-month summer internship.
Doctoral degree programs are individually structured and include specific education and research requirements in one or more of the scientific disciplines fundamental to industrial hygiene and safety. Completion of a doctoral degree typically requires 1 to 2 years of course-work, depending on previous education, and 2 years of research. An original research thesis is required.
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