Industrial Hygiene Hazardous Substance Academic Training

The Industrial Hygiene Hazardous Substance Academic Training (IH-HSAT) degree prepares industrial hygienists to also perform hazardous substance response and site remediation activities as authorized by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. Graduates of the program enhance the health of workers and communities.

Graduates of the degree enhance the health of workers and communities through:

  • management of toxic substances
  • pollution prevention and control
  • hazardous waste site remediation
  • community risk assessment and communication

The MSOH degree with IH-HSAT emphasis in the RMCOEH is parallel to the general Industrial Hygiene program’s curriculum. In addition to core industrial hygiene courses, HSAT students study quantitative risk assessment and hazardous substance management. Students successfully completing the hazardous substances course receive the OSHA 40-hour hazardous waste operations and emergency response certificate

Full-time students may receive full or partial NIOSH financial support that can include tuition payment and provision of a stipend.


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 related to handling hazardous substances.
  • 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.

Required Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Semester Offered
OEHS 6000 Applied Occupational Biostatistics 3 Fall
OEHS 6370 Occupational Epidemiology 3 Fall
OEHS 6760 Administration and Management of Health and Safety Programs 3 Fall
OEHS 6750 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 2 Fall
OEHS 6751 Advanced Industrial Hygiene 3 Spring
OEHS 6752 Introduction to Industrial and Environmental Toxicology and Physiology 3 Spring
OEHS 6756 Hazardous Substances 3 Fall
OEHS 6730 Quantitative Risk Assessment 3 Fall
OEHS 6753 Industrial Ventilation 2 Spring
OEHS 6715 Occupational Health and Safety Solutions 3 Spring
OEHS 6980 Occ. Health Practicum 3 Fall, Spring, & Summer
OEHS 6910 Project Research – MSOH OR 6 Fall, Spring, & Summer
OEHS 6911 Thesis Research – MSOH 6 Fall, Spring, & Summer

IH-HSAT Emphasis Elective Courses

OEHS 6754 Noise and Other Physical Agents 2 Spring
OEHS 6761 Ergonomics 3 Spring
ME EN 6110 Safety 3 Spring
OEHS 6758 Occupational Environmental Health Clinic 1 Fall, Spring, & Summer
Core Credits 37
Students Choice 5
MSOH-HSAT Total Credit Hours 42