About the Division

M.S. academic study is available in two programs: Comprehensive Practice and Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. Two certificate programs provide opportunity for Comprehensive Practice students to obtain specialized training; these are Hazardous Substances and Biomonitoring. The M.S. course of study in Comprehensive Practice is accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET (ASAC/ABET).

Ph.D. programs are available in Comprehensive Practice, Occupational Safety and Ergonomics and Biomonitoring.

The Environmental and Occupational Hygiene division faculty maintain nationally and internationally recognized research programs in the broad areas of anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace and environmental exposures. Specific research programs are devoted to the techniques for sampling chemical and biological aerosols, relationships between exposures and internal markers of effect, relationship between exposure and such chronic diseases as silicosis and lung cancer, occupational ergonomics, biomechanics, safety, relationship between workplace physical/chemical risk factors and workers’ neuromuscular performance, historic and current exposure assessment, characterization of lead exposures, environmental intervention studies, and effect of neurotoxic chemicals on neurobehavioral performance. M.S. and Ph.D. students all conduct independent research which advances their particular field of interest.

Graduate study is supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research training grant and by University and other sources. The Powell/Cohrssen Occupational Hygiene Scholarship is awarded annually to a second year M.S. candidate. The Division also collaborates with the Masters program in Industrial Hygiene and Safety at the Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, India.

Faculty in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Hygiene hold about twenty grants and contracts