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MSPH in Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene is the profession that anticipates, recognizes, evaluates, and controls workplace conditions to prevent injury or illness in workers. Industrial hygienists use environmental and workplace monitoring.  The program prepares students to use analytical methods to identify exposures, estimate risk and use engineering, improve work practices, and inform protective equipment use to control potential health hazards. The MSPH in Industrial Hygiene provides the knowledge and skills to identify workplace hazards, to comply with government regulations, and to manage occupational exposures and risk. The program is ABET-accredited and graduates receive one year of credit towards the experience requirement to sit for the exam to become a board-certified industrial hygienist (CIH, American Board of Industrial Hygiene).

The Tulane MSPH program in Industrial Hygiene is supported by a Training and Education grant awarded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Students in the MSPH – IH program are eligible to apply for a NIOSH traineeship which may provide partial tuition support and stipend.  For further details on the NIOSH training program, contact Program Director Dr. Roy Rando.



Our Industrial Health program is accredited through the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, an accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Tulane’s Industrial Hygiene program has been ABET -accredited since 1996.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

Academic Year New Students Enrolled Total Students Enrolled Total Students Graduated

















2018-2019 4 13 6 (anticipated)
Program Competencies

At the completion of the MSPH in Industrial hygiene, the student will be able to:

  • Anticipate and identify hazards in the workplace using basic and applied scientific and engineering principles.
  • Quantify and evaluate the hazard or risks of occupational health stressors utilizing the methods and techniques of analytical chemistry, other measurement sciences, and statistics.
  • Analyze and interpret toxicology and epidemiology data and information on occupational health hazards.
  • Design and evaluate engineering and administrative controls for workplace hazards, with emphasis on general and local exhaust ventilation.
  • Select and specify appropriate types of personal protective equipment for control of occupational exposures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development, management, and evaluation of industrial hygiene programs.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing, the nature, risks, and remediation of workplace and environmental hazards.
  • Interpret and apply environmental and occupational safety and health regulations and standards.
Admission Requirements

The Distance Learning Programs follow the Tulane SPHTM admission requirements. In addition, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • 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 of 3.0.
  • GRE scores in the upper percentiles.
  • Distance Learning applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene or closely related field.
  • The application includes documentation of these criteria (transcripts, GRE scores, etc), a written statement of Purpose and Objectives, and three letters of recommendations.
  • The application is submitted through SOPHAS.
Degree Program Requirements

The MSPH Degree in Industrial Hygiene requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3) OR SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)

MSPH in Industrial Hygiene - Required Courses (28 Credits)

  • GEHS 6300 Radiological Health (3)
  • GEHS 6540 Occupational Health (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6620 Physical Agents & Ergonomic Hazards in the Workplace (3)
  • GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety (2)
  • GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
  • GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation & Chemical Hazard Control (3)
  • GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance (2)
  • GEHS 7500 Air Sampling & Analysis* (3)
  • GEHS 7620 Health Risk Assessment (3)

* This course requires a one week on campus laboratory section. Dates for the on campus lab are posted in the DL calendar.

Elective Courses (2 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 7590)

The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of public health and industrial hygiene knowledge in practice. Industrial Hygiene students complete a 200 hour practicum. Mid-career students may do a leadership practicum. The practicum is usually competed after core courses are completed. 

Specific information competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook on the Students Policies, Guidelines, and Forms page. Students should contact Kathy Carneiro to discuss practicum requirements the semester before they intend to graduate.

Culminating Experience - (SPHL 9980)

The Culminating Experience is an analysis of a workplace problem that applies and integrates industrial hygiene skills and demonstrates the competencies you have attained in your studies. You select the topic in consultation with your advisor and produce a written document (public health analysis PHA). See the DL Culminating Experience Handbook.

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