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Master of Science (MS) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Program Objectives and Outcomes

The MS in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene educational objectives focus on objectives that our graduates are expected to reach within a few years of graduation. The objectives were reviewed and approved by our external advisory committee on 2/18/2022 and are stated as follows:  

 The program in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene educates students to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate effectively as they apply the fundamental scientific principles of industrial hygiene to environmental and workplace problems. We emphasize the importance of intellectual growth, professional ethics, and service to society.  

 The OEH program has four broad educational objectives. Our efforts are focused on enabling students to:   

  1. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control factors in the workplace and the environment that may cause illness, injury, or impairment 
  2. Build a successful career and obtain professional certification using the comprehensive education and training received 
  3. Integrate industrial hygiene techniques, biostatistics, epidemiology, management, and environmental health concepts into a broader occupational/environmental health practice 
  4. Pursue continuing education in research and professional practice of Occupational and Environmental Health 

General Student Outcomes

Students graduating with an MS in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene will have demonstrated an ability to:  

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline 
  2. Formulate or design a system, process, procedure, or program to meet desired needs 
  3. Develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgement to draw conclusions 
  4. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  5. Understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  6. Function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty

Program Educational Objectives

The OEH program has seven educational objectives:

  1. Understand physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and /or stressors with the human body 
  2. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control potentially hazardous agents, conditions, and practices in workplace settings  
  3. Apply fundamental exposure assessment techniques (both qualitative and quantitative) in workplace settings  
  4. Perform industrial hygiene data interpretation of new and existing data including statistical and epidemiological principles  
  5. Apply appropriate business and managerial practices to workplace settings
  6. Understand, interpret, and apply occupational and environmental standards and regulations
  7. Understand fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health

Students will undertake an appropriate professional experience tailored to the needs of the individual student and complete an Independent Professional Project (IPP) and present the results of the IPP in written form and orally.  

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Year Enrollment Graduation
  Total FT PT Total FT PT

2009-10

11 4 7 5 5 0
2010-11 7 4 3 5 4 1
2011-12 10 6 4 5 4 1
2012-13 8 4 4 7 6 1
2013-14 10 6 4 8 4 1
2014-15 12 8 4 6 5 1
2015-16 5 0 5 13 8 5
2016-17 6 3 3 4 1 3
2017-18 10 8 2 10 3 7
2018-19 8 3 5 12 8 4
2019-20 6 3 3 3 2 1
2020-21 6 0 6 8 3 5

Internship, Independent Professional Project, and Final Essay 

Full-time MSOEH students complete an internship experience in the summer between the first and second years of the program. With guidance from their academic advisor, students apply for positions at organizations that do work in their area of interest (i.e., petrochemical industry, aerospace, etc.).  They perform an independent professional project (IPP) as part of their internship and write up an essay summarizing the project. 

Part-time MSOEH students work with their adviser to identify a suitable IPP at their place of employment. 

Recent Internship Locations 

  • ExxonMobil, Houston, TX
  • Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Madison, WI
  • GKN Aerospace, San Diego, CA
  • Triumvirate Environmental, Pittsburgh, PA
  • KCI Technologies, Sparks, MD
  • McCormick & Company, Inc., Hunt Valley, MD
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, DC
  • Boeing, Seattle WA
  • R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Eastern US
  • Northrop Grumman, Baltimore, MD 

Example Essay Titles

  • Occupational Exposure Assessment for Beryllium and Other Metals at an Oil Refinery 
  • Industrial Hygiene Workspace Evaluations in a Silicone Molding Manufacturing Facility 
  • Fugitive Combustible Dust Abatement in the Aerospace Industrial Manufacturing Sector 
  • Evaluating Exposures at a New and Expanding Waste Sterilization and Recycling Facility 
  • Assessing Potential Exposures to Silver Nanoparticles During Spray-Painting and Sanding Work Tasks 
  • Noise Assessment Within a Food Manufacturing Plant 
  • Measuring and Describing the Relationship between Respirable Mass, Airborne Mass, Bulk Powder Dispersibility and Dustiness for Nuclear Material Storage Container Evaluation 
  • Preliminary Hazard Assessment of a Pilot In-Vessel Composting Operation at Smithsonian Institution 
  • Effectiveness of Hearing Protection Device Fit Testing to Improve In-Ear Attenuation for Large Aircraft Test & Evaluation Workers 
  • Dust in Two Mineral Crushing, Milling, and Packaging Operations 
  • OSHA’s Revised Silica Standard: Corporate Adaptation and Preventative Controls 

Job Titles and Employers of Recent Graduates 

  • Health, Safety & Environment Advisor, Oceaneering, Hanover, MD 
  • Industrial Hygienist, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Health and Safety Site Lead, JUUL Labs, North Carolina 
  • Research Industrial Hygienist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 
  • EHS Engineer, Northrop Grumman, San Diego, CA 
  • Corporate and Occupational Health Specialist, Arkema, Pottstown, PA 
  • Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Safex, Westerville, OH 
  • EHS Specialist, Carpenter Co., Richmond, VA 
  • PhD student, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 
  • Health Physicist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 
  • Team Lead Field Safety, Chevron, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Senior EHS Specialist, Boeing, Seattle, WA 
  • Industrial Hygienist, Food and Drug Administration, Brooklyn, NY 
  • Senior EHS Specialist, Pfizer, Michigan 
  • EHS Engineer, GKN Aerospace, San Diego, CA 
  • Safety Officer, Department of National Defense, Alberta, Canada 
  • Senior Risk Assessor, EA Science and Technology, Sparks, MD