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Graduate Certificate in Industrial Hygiene

The Graduate Certificate in Industrial Hygiene prepares professionals with basic knowledge of industrial hygiene and toxicology to recognize and control workplace hazards arising from chemical and physical agents. 

The Graduate Certificate in Industrial Hygiene is a non-degree program with concentrated study in industrial hygiene topics. Courses carry degree credit and may be applied toward the MSPH or MPH degrees. 

The Graduate Certificate program provides knowledge and skills to meet the educational requirements of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) certification exam. ABIH has the final determination of eligibility to sit for the CIH exam. The CIH certification is the hallmark of professional achievement and competence within the field of industrial hygiene.

Professionals who select the certificate may already have a master’s degree and seek a specialization in industrial hygiene. Many who do not have a master’s degree apply the credits from the graduate certificate toward the MSPH in industrial hygiene. 

Backgrounds of professionals in the industrial hygiene program include: those with experience in health and safety, occupational health, environmental public health, or science bachelor’s degrees who seek careers in occupational health and safety.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Industrial Hygiene, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize hazardous agents and the adverse effects of exposure 
  • Anticipate and evaluate work place hazards using basic and applied scientific and engineering principles.
  • Specify types of personal protective equipment and other controls for work place hazards and exposures.
Admission Requirements

Graduate Certificate in industrial hygiene requires:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 120 semester hours or the equivalent, that includes 60 or more credits in undergraduate or graduate level courses in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology, with at least 15 of those at the upper (junior, senior, graduate) level.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two letters of Recommendation.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene or closely related field.

To apply, send the application form and transcript documenting bachelor’s degree and GPA directly to the DL Graduate Certificate program.[Link to DL graduate certificate admission and Application page]]

Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Industrial Hygiene requires a total of  15 credits that includes:

Graduate Certificate in IH - Required Courses  (9 Credits)

  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)

Select 6 credits from:

  • GEHS 6390 Radiological Health (3)
  • GEHS 6540 Occupational Health (3)
  • GEHS 6620 Physical Agents & Ergonomic Hazards in the Workplace (3)
  • GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety (2)
  • GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation & Chemical Hazard Control (3)
  • GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance (2)
  • GEHS 7500 Air Sampling & Analysis (3)

Apply Graduate Certificate credits toward the MSPH in Industrial Hygiene

IH course credits taken in the graduate certificate may be applied to the MSPH in industrial hygiene. Students proceeding onto the MSPH degree in IH complete a total of 45 credits that include the remainder of the required IH courses and the SPHTM core. Only the MSPH degree is awarded. Student must have a GPA of 3.0 in coursework and meet the IH admission requirements to transfer to the degree program. Contact the DL manager prior to completion of the certificate for information.

Combined Graduate Certificate with a MPH degree in another area

Student in another MPH degree program seeking to add a graduate certificate in IH may use the elective credits available in a degree program, but not required courses, for the graduate certificate. Required courses cannot be double counted toward both the MPH and the IH graduate certificate. If there is an overlap in required courses, the student, in consultation with their advisor, selects other industrial hygiene courses to meet the 15 credits for the certificate. The combined MPH and the IH graduate certificate may take 2 to 6 additional credits beyond the total for the MPH degree alone. 

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