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. The program prepares students to use analytical methods to identify exposures, estimate risk and use engineering, improve work practices, and inform protective equipment use to control potential health hazards. The MSPH in industrial hygiene provides the knowledge and skills to identify workplace hazards, to comply with government regulations, and to 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 Rustin Reed.
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.
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At the completion of the MSPH in Industrial hygiene, 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.
The online environmental health programs general application requirements include:
- Bachelor's 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.
- Grade point average of 3.0.
- The application includes documentation of these criteria (transcripts, etc.), a written statement of Purpose and Objectives, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation.
- Please apply using SOPHAS.
The MSPH in industrial hygiene requires 47 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 Courses (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 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)
MSPH in Industrial Hygiene - Required Courses (32 Credits)
- ENHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
- ENHS 6300 Radiological Health (3)
- ENHS 6540 Occupational Health (3)
- ENHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
- ENHS 6620 Physical Agents & Ergonomic Hazards (3)
- ENHS 6700 Principles of Safety (3)
- ENHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
- ENHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation and Chemical Hazard Control (3)
- ENHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance (2)
- ENHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis (3)
- ENHS 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 program and public health competencies, and will include at least three from the foundational public health competencies (CEPH Criterion D2) and two competencies from their program of study. The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. Mid-career students may do a Leadership applied practice experience, a Quality Improvement applied practice experience, or a Workplace applied practice experience.
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 (PHA). Students will select a topic in consultation with their academic advisor.