Industrial Hygiene

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.

MSOH 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.

Program Objectives

Program 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.

Course Requirements

Course #Course TitleCredit HoursSemester Offered
FP MD 6100 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 Fall
FP MD 6370 Occupational Epidemiology 3 Fall
FP MD 6760 Administration and Management of Health and Safety Programs 3 Fall
FP MD 6750 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2 Fall
FP MD 6751 Advanced Industrial Hygiene 3 Spring
FP MD 6752 Introduction to Industrial and Environmental Toxicology and Physiology 3 Spring
FP MD 6753 Industrial Ventilation 2 Spring
FP MD 6754 Noise and Other Physical Agents 2 Spring
FP MD 6761 Ergonomics 3 Spring
FP MD 6715 Occupational Health and Safety Solutions 3 Spring
FP MD 6980 Occ. Health Practicum 3 Fall, Spring, & Summer
FP MD 6910 Project Research – MSOH OR 6 Fall, Spring, & Summer
FP MD 6911 Thesis Research – MSOH 6 Fall, Spring, & Summer

IH Emphasis Elective Courses

FP MD 6756 Hazardous Substances 3 Fall
FP MD 6730 Quantitative Risk Assessment 3 Fall
ME EN 6110 Safety 3 Spring
Core Credits 36
Students Choice 6
MSOH-IH Total Credit Hours 42

Contact Us

Janet Torkelson

MSOH/MOH Program Administrator
391 Chipeta Way, Suite C
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: (801) 581-5056
Email: janet.torkelson@hsc.utah.edu