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MSPH in Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene is the profession that anticipates, recognizes, evaluates, and controls workplace conditions to prevent injury or illness in workers. Industrial hygienists use environmental and workplace monitoring and analytical methods to identify exposures and estimate risk and use engineering, work practices, and protective equipment to control potential health hazards. The MSPH in Industrial Hygiene provides the knowledge and skills to identify workplace hazards, comply with government regulations, and manage occupational exposures and risk.The program is ABET-accredited and graduates receive one year of credit towards the experience requirement to sit for the exam to become a board-certified industrial hygienist (CIH, American Board of Industrial Hygiene).

The Tulane MSPH program in Industrial Hygiene is supported by a Training and Education grant awarded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Students in the MSPH–IH program are eligible to apply for a NIOSH traineeship which may provide partial tuition support and stipend.  For further details on the NIOSH training program, contact Program Director Dr. Roy Rando.

Accreditation

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Our Industrial Health program is accredited through the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, an accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Tulane’s Industrial Hygiene program has been ABET -accredited since 1996.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

Academic Year New Students Enrolled Total Students Enrolled Total Students Graduated

2013-2014

8

30

11

2014-2015

4

16

5

2015-2016

3

15

6

2016-2017

2

11

3

2017-2018

7

15

6 (anticipated)

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MSPH degree, the student will be able to:

  • Anticipate and identify hazards in the workplace using basic and applied scientific and engineering principles.
  • Quantify and evaluate the hazard or risks of occupational health stressors utilizing the methods and techniques of analytical chemistry, other measurement sciences, and statistics.
  • Analyze and interpret toxicology and epidemiology data and information on occupational health hazards.
  • Design and evaluate engineering and administrative controls for workplace hazards, with emphasis on general and local exhaust ventilation.
  • Select and specify appropriate types of personal protective equipment for control of occupational exposures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development, management, and evaluation of industrial hygiene programs.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing, the nature, risks, and remediation of workplace and environmental hazards.
  • Interpret and apply environmental and occupational safety and health regulations and standards.
Admission Requirements

In addition to the school's admission requirements, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 120 semester hours or the equivalent, that includes 60 or more credits in undergraduate or graduate level courses in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology, with at least 15 of those at the upper (junior, senior, graduate) level.
  • For those students applying for admission into the Distance Learning program, a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene or closely related field.
Degree Program Requirements

The MSPH in Industrial Hygiene requires 46 credits. In addition, students must also pass the industrial hygiene comprehensive examination or obtain certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (CIH).

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)
  • SPHL 6080 Planning and Evaluation of Programs (3)

Program Course Requirements (31 credits)

  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GEHS 6300 Radiological Health (3)
  • GEHS 6540 Occupational Health (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6620 Physical Agents & Ergonomic Hazards (3)
  • GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety (2)
  • GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
  • GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation and Chemical Hazard Control (3)
  • GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance (2)
  • GEHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis (3)
  • GEHS 7620 Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3)

Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980)

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, including at least 3 from the foundational competencies (CEPH Criterion D2). The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. After identifying the APE setting and defining the competencies, students enter the information into Terra Dotta. An APE report is required that summarizes the field experiences. 

Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)

All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. Students in the MSPH in Industrial Hygiene conduct a public health analysis. 

Degree Program Requirements (entry prior to Fall 2018)

The MSPH degree in Industrial Hygiene requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MSPH in Industrial Hygiene - Required Courses (28 Credits)

  • GEHS 6390 Radiological Health (3)
  • GEHS 6540 Occupational Health (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6620 Physical Agents & Ergonomic Hazards in the Workplace (3)
  • GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety (2)
  • GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
  • GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation & Chemical Hazard Control (3)
  • GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance (2)
  • GEHS 7500 Air Sampling & Analysis (3)
  • GEHS 7620 Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3)
  • GEHS 7000 Environmental Health Seminar (on-campus students) (0)

Elective Courses (2 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All Industrial Hygiene students complete a 200 hour practicum. Mid-career students may do a leadership practicum. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MSPH in Industrial Hygiene conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH

Program Director: Roy Rando, PhD, CIH

Department Administrator: Geraldine Neville

Email: gehsinfo@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5374

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