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Occupational & Environmental Hygiene Option

Please Note: The Master of Science in Work Environment program is closed for new admissions at this time. Please consider the Master of Public Health program.

Master of Science - Work Environment

Learn to prevent illness and injury in the workplace. Recognizing, evaluating, controlling and preventing chemical, physical, biological and psychosocial hazards in the work environment are the focus of the Master's of Science in Work Environment, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene option. 

You’ll have the tools to keep people healthy and productive at work. You’ll learn to diagnose exposure problems, develop sampling strategies and collect and measure samples to diagnose environmental risk factors that threaten worker health and safety. You’ll also study how to design and implement more sustainable production systems.

The Master of Science in Work Environment, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene option, is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This program can be completed in two years of full-time study (36 credits).


One semester of undergraduate math, biology, physics, and chemistry with a grade of C or better are required.

Students who graduate from this program are expected to be proficient in the areas below. These student outcomes represent key competencies for the masters level practitioner in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

Technical Competence

  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a job-hazard analysis and prepare a well formulated written report 
  • Can recognize potential adverse health effects of workplace exposures and prioritize risks 
  • Can effectively evaluate existing control systems and recommend an effective control strategy, including PPE, engineering and administrative controls, toxic use reduction and process change.

Analytical Competence

  • Conduct a comprehensive workplace hazard analysis, prepare a well-formulated written report and prepare a presentation of the findings.
  • Develop a comprehensive sampling strategy, collect, analyze and interpret.
  • Conduct critical analyses of OEHS scientific literature. 

Effective and Ethical Practice

  • Produce effective written communications and professional presentations.
  • Understand the elements of effective teamwork. 
  • Describe the components and functions of a comprehensive OEHS management & training system and is familiar with the roles and responsibilities of OEHS leadership in workplace programs. 
  • Understand the range of modalities for effective worker training. 
  • Understands the principles of ethical professional conduct in the OSH research.  
  • Familiar with the OEH professional code of ethics.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in Work Environment degree programs may be eligible for financial support through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Training Project Grant.