Industrial hygiene is the science devoted to anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling environmental factors posing risk to workers and the community, which arise from the workplace. The Industrial Hygiene (IH) curriculum offered through UTHealth School of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH), the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees. The industrial hygiene curriculum for the MPH is accredited by the Applied
Science Accreditation Commission of ABET http://abet.org.
A high level of faculty/student interaction is emphasized and students typically gain practical experience through summer internships. The locations of the Public Health Region VI - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas - offer a wealth of opportunities for training in industrial settings, healthcare, petroleum and petrochemicals, agriculture, and public and private business and government sectors.
Industrial hygiene is a discipline within occupational health and safety (OHS), which is a professionally exciting and rewarding field of public health that includes all other aspects of public health such as epidemiology, health promotion, management, global health and wellness, and other disciplines. Being an OHS practitioner helps to save lives of working people and promotes a grounded quality of life for their families and communities.
The interdisciplinary curriculum is based on a public health model for practice. Graduates are prepared to participate in a multi-disciplinary approach to planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating programs and services for worker health and safety.
The curriculum includes industrial hygiene technical and public health cores, as well as electives offered within the UTHealth School of Public Health.
Stipends, Tuition Support, and Benefits
The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UTHealth School of Public Health is one of 18 Education and Research Centers in the United States, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Center is comprised of academic degree programs in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, and occupational epidemiology, and supports active continuing education, outreach and pilot project research training programs.
Traineeships are available (Full tuition and fees support and a generous monthly stipend) are available to full-time students on a competitive basis as part of our NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC) (trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents). Requirements for the traineeships include acceptance into the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences academic program, maintenance of a minimum course workload, and satisfactory academic progress.
How to Apply
How to apply for the programs, admission requirements and application deadlines can be found online.
Students should apply for the appropriate degree within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences.
For More Information
Lawrence Whitehead, PhD
Associate Professor and Program Director
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
UTHealth School of Public Health
1200 Pressler, W1016
Houston, TX 77030