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Master of Science (MS) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Offered By: Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Onsite | Full-Time or Part-Time | 1.5 years

About the MS in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Program

This program is part of the Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health (ERC) which is sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The MSOEH is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). It is designed to prepare students to pass the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) examination given by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing

The MSOEH is flexible and can be customized to meet a variety of professional and career goals. Students may enroll in a full-time program or the part-time/online program. Both options confer the same degree and students must meet the same academic requirements.  

This degree program is administratively managed through the Whiting School of Engineering. The full-time option is managed through Whiting/Homewood and the part-time option through Whiting’s Engineering for Professionals. All courses are offered through the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Limited funding is available to support full-time students.

Full-time program (MSOEH)

  • June 1 application deadline for a fall start
  • Onsite
  • 1.5 years to complete 

Part-time program (MSOEH) 

  • Hybrid/online
  • Must be completed within 5 years 
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Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health 

Our certificate is open to degree-seeking students and working professionals. 

  • Available to degree and non-degree students 
  • 18 credit hours 
  • Time to completion is dependent on course selections and offering times 
  • Tuition is charged at BSPH per credit rate for part-time students.  
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MS in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Program Highlights

ABET-Accredited

Join a well-established program with experienced educators and researchers

Hands-on Experience

Apply what you learn in a final project and essay

Certificate

Take two additional electives to earn a certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy

Part-time Available

Flexible degree is great for working professionals who want to advance their skills and career

 Pearl Lee, MS' 19
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This master's program has allowed me to meet full time professionals in the same field who are equally devoted to learning and being the best in their field.

What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene?

Possible careers include industrial hygienist, environmental risk assessor, occupational health specialist, emergency preparedness coordinator, environmental policy analyst, and environmental/occupational health or safety manager. Current job titles and employers of some recent graduates are listed below.

  • Industrial Hygienist, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Health, Safety & Environment Advisor, Oceaneering, Hanover, MD 
  • Health and Safety Site Lead, JUUL Labs, North Carolina
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist R.T. Vanderbilt Co., Towson, MD
  • EHS Engineer, Northrop Grumman, San Diego, CA 
  • Corporate and Occupational Health Specialist, Arkema, Pottstown, PA 
  • Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Safex, Westerville, OH 

 

Curriculum for the MS in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Earning a master's degree in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene will provide students with the analytical and technical skills needed to identify and address environmental and/or occupational hazards in the workplace and surrounding community. The course of study includes risk analysis and management, environmental sampling techniques, air pollution, program management, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and occupational health.

Full-time COURSE SCHEDULE  Part-time COURSE SCHEDULE

Admissions Requirements

The GRE is required for this program; it is one of the ABET-mandated minimum requirements for admitted students. The MCAT is acceptable but not preferred. A waiver may be requested if the applicant has:

Prior education must include (1) an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university, (2) successful completion of college-level courses in biology, chemistry, calculus and physics.

If prior education does not include the prerequisites above, you must complete them before you can be admitted to the program. Courses completed at a local community college are acceptable.

Degree Requirements

  • Academic ethics course
  • 76-credit core curriculum
  • Internship/Independent Professional Project, Master’s Essay and Oral Presentation: The student is expected to assume independent responsibility for a project, the content of which should be based on an occupational or environmental health problem that is pertinent to the educational goals of the student and approved by their adviser.

Students must meet the minimum academic standards to remain in the program. Failure to meet any of these criteria is grounds for dismissal from the program.

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.75 cumulative grade point average
  • Retake a required course in which they receive a grade of “D” or “F”
  • If a grade of “D” or “F” is received twice in the same required course, students may not repeat the course a third time and will be dismissed from the program

Students have up to five years to complete the degree requirements.

Internship, Culminating Project, Master’s Essay and Presentation



 

Tuition and Funding

ERC Awards

Additionally, first-year full-time MS-OEH students are eligible for a limited number of partial-tuition awards from The NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC) to be used toward full-time study. As decided by a committee of faculty members, the awards are offered to selected students based on their prior academic achievements and professional potential. Award decisions are made during the admissions process and communicated to students in their letters of acceptance.

Teaching Assistants

Several departmental courses require teaching assistance. Full-time students selected as Teaching Assistants (TAs) gain experience in teaching and receive compensation for their efforts. Open positions will be advertised via email by the department’s Academic Program Administrator before the start of each term.

Which degree is right for you?

The department has a number of degrees to suit your educational and professional goals, background, and experience.

Master of Health Science in Environmental Health (MHS)

DURATION: 9 months full-time, onsite/online; 2 years, part-time (onsite/online)

BEST FOR: Applicants who wish to pursue a PhD or a career in the intersection of environmental and public health

BOTTOM LINE: One-year program culminates in a short essay

GOOD TO KNOW: Academic degree focusing on a specific area of public health, typically science-oriented

MHS PROGRAM PAGE

Master of Science in Environmental Health (ScM)

DURATION: 2 years, full-time, onsite

BEST FOR: Applicants interested in hands-on experiences leading to research careers; good for students considering PhD programs

BOTTOM LINE: The first year involves classes, while the second year involves full-time research with faculty (based on a proposal from year one), culminating in a thesis

GOOD TO KNOW: Students get hands-on experience and conduct their own research

ScM PROGRAM PAGE

Master of Science in Toxicology for Human Risk Assessment (MS)

DURATION: 9 months (onsite) followed by a 7- to 12-month internship

BEST FOR: Those seeking a career in the field of human health and environmental risk assessment

BOTTOM LINE: Focused on fundamental concepts and testing approaches used in classic risk assessment processes

GOOD TO KNOW: Only program of its kind in the U.S. Students completing the program can also earn the Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy.

MS-TOX PROGRAM PAGE

Full-time Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSOEH)

DURATION: 1.5 years full-time (onsite)

BEST FOR: Applicants with prior coursework in basic sciences who want a career in occupational health

BOTTOM LINE: Designed to prepare students to pass the Certified Industrial Hygienist Examination

GOOD TO KNOW: Complete an internship between years one and two to get work experience in industrial hygiene. This program is administered by the Whiting School of Engineering, but all classes are offered through the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

MSOEH PROGRAM PAGE

Part-time Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSOEH)

DURATION: up to 5 years part-time (hybrid)

BEST FOR: Professionals currently working in the field who want to advance their career in occupational health

BOTTOM LINE: Designed to prepare students to pass the Certified Industrial Hygienist Examination

GOOD TO KNOW: Flexible format; complete independent project at your place of employment. This program is administered by the Whiting School of Engineering’s Engineering for Professionals program, but all classes are offered through the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

MSOEH PROGRAM PAGE

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Program Director
Kirsten Koehler, PhD
kkoehle1@jhu.edu

Program Manager for part-time/online MS OEH
Carla Reinhard, MHS
410-502-0742
creinha2@jhu.edu

Senior Academic Program Coordinator
Zoe Petersen
zpeters2@jhu.edu