MSPH in Industrial Hygiene (IHY)

As of February 2018, this program is no longer offered.

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) curriculum with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene will provide students with an option for a more concentrated focus on industrial hygiene topics and a more intensive research experience. 

MSPH Degree Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of this degree option are to:

  • describe the distribution of chemical, physical, and biological agents in the occupational environment;
  • apply quantitative methods to measure the concentration or intensity of these agents;
  • identify and describe the diseases or other adverse health effects that may result from exposure to these agents and the risk of those outcomes;
  • explain and control interventions to reduce or eliminate exposures to these agents;
  • recognize regulatory and management considerations relative to these agents;
  • critically evaluate published scientific reports; and
  • design a sound methodological study to test a new hypothesis, conduct the study, analyze the resulting data and prepare a report of the study.

The research aspect of this curriculum is conducted under the requirements of the UAB Graduate School, and includes: formation of a research committee, defense of a research proposal, conduct of the research, preparation of a formal thesis, and presentation and defense of the thesis.

Admission:  Students without previous experience, but who have a strong commitment to Industrial Hygiene, may be admitted. In addition to the general admissions requirements for the School of Public Health enrollees should have a strong background in math and science and a strong commitment to conduct research (laboratory or field based) as the MS level.

Curriculum: Students must complete a total of 56 credit hours. Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor and should be selected to fit the student's interests, career goals, and academic needs. The degree can be obtained in 21 months of full-time study.


Coursework Credit Hours
MSPH Core 13
BST 611 Intermediate Statistical Analysis I 3
BST 612 Intermediate Statistical Analysis II 3
ENH 611 Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment 3
EPI 610 Principles of Epidemiologic Research (EPI 610L concurrent lab required) 4
Departmental Track Requirements 26
ENH 612 Assessing & Managing Environmental Risks  3
ENH 621 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3
ENH 624 Control of Occupational Hazards 2
ENH 625 Industrial Hygiene Case Studies 2
ENH 626 Physical Agents 2
ENH 650 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology & Diseases 3
ENH 661 Environmental Sampling and Analysis 2
ENH 670 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety & Ergonomics 3
ENH 680 Field Interdisciplinary Studies 1
ENH 680 Field Interdisciplinary Studies 1
ENH 681 Interdisciplinary Worksite Evaluations 2
ENH 681 Interdisciplinary Worksite Evaluations 2
Masters Level Research 10
ENH 699 Masters Level Project Research 5
ENH 699 Masters Level Project Research 5
Seminar/Journal Club 4
ENH 691 Current Topics in Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety 1
ENH 691 Current Topics in Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety 1
ENH 691 Current Topics in Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety 1
ENH 790 Current Topics in Environmental Health Sciences Research 1
Internship   3
ENH 697 Internship 3
    Total  56