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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 first-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. 




ACardone
Alex Cardone, BS

Alex Cardone is a second-year NIOSH Trainee in the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health's Industrial Hygiene academic program. Alex serves as the Student Representative within UTHealth's Safety Committee. In June 2020, he presented his recent research in particle deposition estimation at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition 2020, and won two awards. Earning his undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Alex attended Brigham Young University - Idaho, where he completed his capstone research project analyzing noise exposure within local carpentry shops. After graduating, Alex has accepted a full-time position working as an Industrial Hygienist for Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah.
BCarroll
Brittany Carroll, BS

Brittany Carroll, BS, a second-year student of 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.  She earned her Bachelor education at The University of Louisiana at Monroe where she studied Toxicology.  She recently completed research that evaluated the efficacy of surgical masks at varying distances and varying room conditions.  She plans to pursue a career in the mining industry.


KKenning
Kiel Kenning, BS


Kiel Kenning is a first-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. 


BWalsh
Brendan B. Walsh, BS

Brendan B. Walsh III is a first-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.