Occupational Health Science (Industrial Hygiene)

(ABET Accredited for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs)

Occupational Health Science is a science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in the workplace. The industrial hygienist performs qualitative and quantitative workplace exposure assessments of adverse chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents. The goal of occupational health science is to control such exposures to prevent fatalities, injuries, and/or illnesses that impact the health, performance and well-being of workers. At Purdue the occupational health science program emphasis is on exposure assessment and use of engineering controls to eliminate such hazards.

Potential Job Titles

  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Occupational Hygienist
  • Occupational and Environmental Specialist
  • Occupational, Environmental, and Safety Specialist
  • Occupational/Environmental Engineer
  • Occupational Ergonomist

Experiential Learning

Below is a list of selected companies that have offered internships/jobs to our students:

  • Alcoa
  • Caterpillar
  • Eli Lilly
  • Exxon Mobile
  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • Boeing
  • Dow Chemical
  • Subaru
  • 3M
  • Deere
  • Abbott Labs.
  • Purdue campus projects: Radiological and Environmental Management and students earning and applying industrial hygiene (IH) fundamentals by working with IH and engineering faculty on independent research projects.

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Industrial Hygiene and Krannert School of Management (BS/MBA – option)
  • Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics (Industrial Engineering/Psychology (MS/PhD))
  • Industrial Hygiene and Safety Engineering (MS/PhD)
  • Public Health
  • Law School

Program Overview

Purdue University offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in the discipline of Occupational Health Sciences (Industrial Hygiene)

Both the Purdue University BS (Occupational Health Sciences) and MS (Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences) programs are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study

Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

The BS Occupational Health Science Educational Objectives can be found on our accreditation page.

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Enrollment data for the BS Occupational Health Science program can be found on our accreditation page.

Graduation data for the BS Occupational Health Science program can be also found on our accreditation page.

Occupational Health Science (Industrial Hygiene) 4+1 Graduate Program

Students who successfully complete an undergraduate degree in Industrial Hygiene at Purdue or an equivalent program at another university may apply to complete a nonthesis master’s degree in one year.  This program is for academically outstanding students who have excelled in their industrial hygiene/occupational health programs and are looking for a “fast track” to obtaining a master’s degree.

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Environmental Health Sciences, please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Environmental Health Sciences from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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