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Industrial Hygiene Laboratory

Course Status

Summer Institute
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Other Year

College chemistry and physics

Provides the knowledge and skill to perform air sampling for occupational and environmental air pollutants. Focuses on how to analyze and present results. Discusses calibration, passive and active sampling, gases and vapors, particulate matter (PM), size-selective sampling; special methods for PM sampling (i.e. fibers, bioaerosols), and direct reading instruments. Addresses concepts of limit of detection, exposure assessment, standards and guidelines, and significant figures.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Calibrate air sampling pumps using primary and secondary standards
  2. Conduct air sampling for airborne particulate matter
  3. Define criteria and equipment used for size-selective particulate matter sampling
  4. Conduct air sampling for airborne gases and vapors
  5. Describe adsorptive and absorptive sampling techniques
  6. Select appropriate analytical techniques for air sample analysis
  7. Conduct air sampling using direct-reading instruments
  8. Perform a survey for airborne contaminants
  9. Write a professional report for air sample survey results
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 70% Lab Assignments
  • 20% Field project
  • 10% Participation
Enrollment Restriction
In-person attendance is limited to students in the MS OEH program for which this is a required course.
Special Comments

For SI 2021-22 the course will use a hybrid format for content delivery. The course lectures will be held virtually via Zoom, and the laboratory exercises will be performed in-person in the IH Lab at JHSPH. The course faculty will take all necessary public health precautions to keep students safe while in the building, and PPE will be provided as needed. If the University pandemic guidelines change, the course will be offered in a virtual format only. A decision about whether to hold in-person laboratory exercises will be made by June 1.