The purpose of the PhD Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) is to train individuals interested in pursuing careers in occupational health for positions such as researchers, academic faculty, or placement in prominent businesses, insurers, and government positions that require doctoral level skills.
- PhD emphasis in Industrial Hygiene (IH)
- PhD emphasis in Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training (OIPRT)
- PhD emphasis in General Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
Students considered for acceptance into the PhD in OEH program will typically have completed master’s training in occupational and environmental health, public health, or another relevant master’s degree (MSOH, MS, or MSPH). Three reference letters, a personal statement and, where applicable, writing samples may be required. Prospective student’s projected dissertation topic and suitability will be evaluated during the application process. Occasional, exceptional undergraduate students may matriculate with extensive, sciences and math-based baccalaureate backgrounds and outstanding graduate record examinations (GRE) scores.
Applicants without a master’s degree in industrial hygiene or related field of study 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).
- A cumulative GPA in prior education programs of at least 3.0.
- GRE scores, quantitative, verbal, and written, from within the past five years (except for those with a prior US doctoral degree).
Dissertation & Faculty Consensus
Prospective student’s projected dissertation topic and suitability will be evaluated during the application process. The doctoral admissions committee will screen applications for preliminary suitability for consideration to extend an interview. All prospective students will also be interviewed by the doctoral admissions committee. A faculty member must be identified to begin mentoring and supervising the student prior to being extended an offer of admission. Faculty consensus is required prior to admission to help assure successful completion of the program.