Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (STEM CIP 51.2202)

Starting with Fall 2021, the major in Occupational Health Sciences (OCCH) and Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) have merged into the new Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences major (OEHS)

ABET Accredited for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

The Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences major will prepare undergraduates to work in environmental health, occupational health, safety, and industrial hygiene. The combined goal of the occupational and environmental health sciences is to control hazardous workplace and environmental exposures to prevent fatalities, injuries, and/or illnesses that impact the health, performance and well-being of workers and the general public. At Purdue the emphases of the OEHS program are on hazardous exposure assessment, understanding the relationships between exposure and disease, and using engineering controls to eliminate such hazards.

To learn more about the School of Health Sciences and it’s majors, we encourage you to set up a virtual visit with the HHS Office of Students using the “Visit HHS” button on the left side of this page.

What is Occupational and Environmental Health?

Potential Job Titles

  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Occupational and Environmental Specialist
  • Occupational, Environmental, and Safety Specialist
  • Occupational/Environmental Engineer
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Health and Safety Officer

Also see our list of current internship and job opportunities!

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: Work with faculty or Radiological and Environmental Management on independent research projects
  • Dublin Institute of Technology study abroad program in Environmental and Public Health

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Environmental Health
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Law School

Students completing a BS in OEHS at Purdue may be able to finish an MS degree in OEHS at an accelerated pace.

Masters in Public Health (MPH) 4+1 Program

There is a possibility for students to do a 4+1 BS/MPH program in collaboration with the Department of Public Health. Students may apply for admission to the MPH program in their junior year. Undergraduate and graduate courses will be combined over the next two years, permitting completion of both the BS and MPH degrees in five years for students engaged in full-time study. Students applying to this program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Program Overview

Purdue University offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in the discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences.  Our graduates find employment in a broad range of positions within environmental health and safety. Our program also allows specialization in 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.

The BS on Occupational and Environmental Health is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

Educational Objectives, Student Enrollment, and Graduation Data

Data on our undergraduate program’s educational objectives, student outcomes, student enrollment and graduation data can be found on our accreditation page.

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, please visit the Changing Your Major 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 Occupational and 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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