industrial hygieneMaster of Science in Occupational Health

Industrial occupational hygiene is the professional art and science involving the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational and environmental health and safety concerns. The IH program at RMCOEH was established in 1977 as part of the University's original NIOSH education and research center grant. The program continues to operate within a world-class, interdisciplinary occupational health education and research environment. 

The Industrial Hygiene option is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET.

MapMSOH courses include occupational epidemiology, biostatistics, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, toxicology, and administration and management. The curriculum also includes practical experiences in occupational health settings.

The MSOH degree can be completed in one and a half to two years and requires a research-based master's thesis or project. Full-time students may receive full or partial NIOSH financial support that can include tuition payment and provision of a stipend.

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Policies and Guidelines

Industrial HygieneProgram graduates achieve the following competencies, as defined by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Graduates are able to:

  • Manage and critically evaluate data.
  • Recognize potential chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Assess risk posed by potential chemical, physical and biological hazards.
  • Design, use, and evaluate various control options for chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
  • Research and apply regulations and develop regulatory required programs.
  • Effectively communicate to workers, peers, and management using verbal, visual, and written skills.
  • Support occupational and environmental health programs within larger frameworks.
  • Assume increasing independence in effectively managing OEHS programs.
  • Implement computer skills, including word processing, professional presentations, spreadsheets, internet resources, and the like.
  • Process knowledge and skills to successfully pass the ABIH-CIH exam.


Applicants should have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree with at least 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours), including 68 or more semester hours of technical courses;
  • Prior coursework in chemistry, physical sciences, biological sciences, and mathematics (at least through college algebra, preferably through calculus); and
  • A cumulative GPA in prior education programs of at least 3.0.

Application Requirements

The MSOH programs require the following from applicants:

  • Completed University of Utah graduate school application and transcripts submitted directly to the admissions office; note: please apply to the correct program: computer designation for the MSOH degree is “Occupational Health Master of Science;" 
  • GRE scores, quantitative, verbal, and written, from within the past five years (except for those with a prior US doctoral degree);
  • TOEFL scores for international students;
  • Three letters of reference;
  • Goal statement not to exceed 500 words; and
  • Personal interview after the application is approved by the graduate school and RMCOEH admissions committee. 

In order to accommodate applicants who come from a significant distance, personal interviews can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.


The programs admit students primarily for fall semester each year, although students may be admitted  for spring semester.

Fall admission: April 1
Spring admission: November 1

An additional $30 late fee will be applied by the admissions office if your application is not completed by these deadlines even if your academic program has later deadlines.

Please see the University of Utah Admissions site for additional information regarding application documents, deadlines, and fees.

IH ContactJanet Torkelson
MSOH/MOH Program Administrator
391 Chipeta Way, Suite C
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: (801) 581-5056