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ERC Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Program

The Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) program mission is to the recognition, evaluation and control of factors in the workplace which may cause illness or injury. The OEH program is a part of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Educational and Research Center. Students in the OEH program attend classes with students from occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental health nursing, and occupational injury prevention programs providing a comprehensive view of the field. 

The Master of Science (MS) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSOEH) degree is intended to provide broad education, training and experience for the general practice of industrial hygiene and safety. 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.

Doctoral degree programs are individually structured and include specific education and research requirements in one or more of the scientific disciplines fundamental to occupational and environmental hygiene. Completion of a doctoral degree typically requires 1 to 2 years of course-work, depending on previous education, and 2 years of research. An original research thesis is required. 

MS Program Information

Degrees Offered

Master of Science (MS) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health

Please continue to the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering page for more information about course requirements and funding opportunities through the ERC. 

Faculty Contacts

Program Director

Kirsten Koehler, PhD


Core Faculty
Center Director

Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD


Core Faculty
PPRT Program Director

Ana María Rule, PhD


Core Faculty

Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá, PhD