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,


The mission of the undergraduate program in Occupational Health Sciences is to prepare its graduates to become professionals in Industrial Hygiene and related fields.  Such professionals will be competent, effective and ethical in applying scientific principles to protect workers from the adverse effects of environmental agents and workplace stressors.

The mission of the graduate program in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences is to prepare its graduates to be professionals, leaders and researchers in Industrial Hygiene and related fields.  Such professionals will be highly competent, effective and ethical in applying scientific principles to carrying out activities to protect workers from the adverse effects of hazardous environmental agents and workplace stressors.

Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes

The educational objectives of the Purdue University Industrial Hygiene program are to produce professionals that will be able to fulfill professional positions in Industrial and related fields, applying scientific principles and functioning competently in:

  1. Conducting assessments of workplace environments to determine exposures to environmental agents and workplace stressors.
  2. Evaluating the health risks due to exposures to environmental agents and workplace stressors
  3. Recommending strategies, procedures and equipment for preventing and reducing occupational health hazards.
  4. Communicating to workers, managers and other professionals the nature of environmental exposures, the health risks associated with these exposures, and methods for eliminating or minimizing these risks.
  5. Obtaining, organizing and analyzing environmental monitoring data and preparing a technical written report based on this data
  6. Carrying out their professional activities ethically.

    Upon completion of our ABET accredited graduate program, our Industrial Hygienists typically assume a variety of leadership roles in academia, industry, labor and government. The usual path includes advancing from a project officer focusing on workplace or environmental hazards to global management of occupational, environmental health and safety (OEHS) programs.  

    The graduate program has four additional educational objectives:

  7. Develop and lead programs to identify, assess and reduce workplace hazards.
  8. Design and implement research studies in Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.
  9. Give scientific and technical talks to professional groups on occupational health topics.
  10. Write a research paper based on field studies, laboratory studies, modeling or a review of scientific literature. 

Student Outcomes

The program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. There must be a documented and effective process for the periodic review and revision of these student outcomes. Criteria for Master’s level applied science programs are inclusive of those for baccalaureate level applied science programs with the following additions: one year of study beyond the baccalaureate level and a project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates both the mastery of the subject matter and a high level of communication skills. 

Baccalaureate (and Master of Science) degree programs must demonstrate that graduates have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life- long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice. 

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data


Academic Year (AY)

Total Undergrad

Total Grad

Degrees Awarded








































10 0 1

Current Year

(as of 6/30/18)

5 2 2


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