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Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Industrial Hygiene

Overview

Industrial Hygiene

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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 degrees of Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The industrial hygiene curriculum for the MPH is accredited by the Applied and Natural 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.

Curriculum

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.

Learn more, IH Program Outcomes and Objectives and Enrollment Information

Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 MPH EOHS-IH Degree Planner

Stipends, Tuition Support, and Benefits

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the UTHealth School of Public Health is one of 18 CDC/NIOSH Education and Research Centers in the United States, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The SWCOEH is comprised of academic degree programs in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology, and total worker health.  The SWCOEH also supports active continuing education, outreach and pilot project research training programs.

Traineeships are available (full tuition and fees support and a monthly stipend) are available to full-time students on a competitive basis as part of the SWCOEH (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

David I. Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP
Associate Professor and Program Director
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
UTHealth School of Public Health
San Antonio Campus
Phone: 210.276.9005
 Email: David.I.Douphrate@uth.tmc.edu

Lawrence Whitehead, PhD
Associate Professor
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
UTHealth School of Public Health
1200 Pressler, W1016
Houston, TX 77030 
Phone: 713.500.9458 
Email: Lawrence.Whitehead@uth.tmc.edu


SWCOEH Homepage

Trainees

Industrial Hygiene Trainees

EBieniek
Eric Bieniek, BA
Eric Bieniek is a second-year Master of Public Health student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Bieniek received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint John's University (MN) in 2013 and has since worked as an environmental/industrial hygiene consultant. His research interests include occupational exposures to airborne particulates, noise, radiation, and mold. 





ForseShelleyIHtraineeShelley Forse, BA
Shelley Forse is a first-year trainee in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, Industrial Hygiene program. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Biology at Texas A&M University. A Houston native, she has always had a deep interest in the industries along the gulf coast and innovations developed for worker safety.
KKenning
Kiel Kenning, BS


Kiel Kenning is a second-year masters student and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Industrial Hygiene Trainee at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Kiel earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and worked as an Environmental Scientist in the oil and gas industry in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska prior to attending the UTHealth School of Public Health. Upon graduation, Kiel plans to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist and continue his career in the oil and gas industry. 


Steven Mills IH trainee headshot Steven Mills, BS

Steven Mills is a first-year masters student enrolled in the MPH program of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences specializing in Industrial Hygiene at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. In 2020, Steven won the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) National Student Research Competition, being one of three undergraduate student winners selected. Earning his undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Science, Steven attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he was a member of various organizations including Theta Chi Fraternity, EKU Student Chapter American Industrial Hygiene Association, EKU Student Environmental Health Club, Epsilon Nu Eta: National Environmental Health Honors Society, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. During the 2020 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic Steven worked as a communicable disease investigator at the Madison County Health Department and during the spring of 2021, Steven participated in an eight-week observational study for the CDC in response to institutional and local mask adherence. Steven is interested in a variety of subjects; however, his primary research interest involves occupational exposures to airborne particulates, noise, radiation, mold, and workplace safety. Upon graduation Steven plans to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Registered Sanitarian, and pursue a career in the aerospace industry. 
Catherine Turlington IH trainee 
Catherine Turlington, BS
Catherine Turlington is a first-year NIOSH Trainee, working towards her MPH at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) School of Public Health. Catherine completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University with a major in Public Health and minors in Occupational Health & Safety and Bioenvironmental Sciences. Her research interests include water and air quality and exposures to biological agents. After graduation, she hopes to work as an Environmental, Health, and Safety professional in the healthcare industry.
BWalsh
Brendan B. Walsh, BS
Brendan B. Walsh III is a second-year masters of public health student and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) trainee at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Brendan completed his bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University, where he majored in coastal environmental science and minored in chemistry. His research interests are in occupational noise assessment and control. Following graduation, Brendan would like to work in the petrochemical industry as an industrial hygienist.