Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene: On Campus
The Montana Tech ASEC/ABET-accredited on-campus Industrial Hygiene graduate program provides an exceptional opportunity for advanced study in the field of occupational health. The overall goal of our Industrial Hygiene program is to provide individuals with the technical competence to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control occupational health hazards.
The thesis research-based M.S. degree is structured to encourage participative, collaborative, and applied problem-solving strategies to address modern day occupational health issues.
Julie Hart, Ph.D., CIH
Courses and research in the M.S. Industrial Hygiene program are facilitated by world-class faculty whose advanced academic preparation and professional experience help integrate academic theory with current practical application. The curricula is designed to provide graduates with the academic preparation needed to pass the certification examination administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Industrial hygienists play an important role in ensuring the workplace is as free from hazards as possible and that the workers and the community at large are protected from potential health threats. Moreover, industrial hygienists work with management to anticipate problems that could occur and take action to prevent them before they happen. Also, industrial hygienists play an important role in shaping and implementing government policy concerning worker health and safety.
Job diversity is a major benefit to consider when choosing a career in the health/environmental sciences. A wealth of unique employment opportunities exists for industrial hygienists. Unlike many other professions, industrial hygienists are not limited to one particular type of industry. They are employed in a variety of organizations such as:
- Public Utilities
- Academia; Research Laboratories
- Hospitals; Insurance Companies
- Consulting Firms
- Oil, Chemical and Manufacturing Companies
- Mining Operations
For information on enrollment levels and graduations during the past few years, visit the Montana Tech Institutional Research Office web page.
Industrial hygiene is a science-based discipline. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has defined several criteria to test an individual’s knowledge across the broad range of industrial hygiene subject areas. These subject areas include basic science and encompass chemistry, biology, anatomy & physiology, physics, and mathematics.
We have established admittance standards for the M.S. Industrial Hygiene program to ensure student success. Applicants are admitted on a basis of acceptable undergraduate academic preparation, graduate record exam (GRE) scores and reference recommendations. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, or an engineering discipline. For full admittance to the program, applicants from non-science or engineering disciplines are required to complete prerequisite coursework in biology, chemistry, math, and physics, that may include the following:
- Math, through first semester calculus and statistics
- Two semesters of college physics
- Two semesters of college chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry
- Cell biology and two semesters of human anatomy/physiology, or equivalent coursework on human biology
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The application deadline for the M.S. Industrial Hygiene Program is:
- April 1 for summer & fall semesters
- October 1 for spring semester
Program Educational Objectives
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. The M.S. in Industrial Hygiene degree program has adopted the following three PEOs:
- Establish their IH-related careers throughout the first four years after graduating.
- Use their education to competently provide IH services appropriate to their employment.
- Act professionally by engaging in career development, recognizing ethical responsibilities, supporting the profession, and being an informed and involved member of their community.
Student outcomes are statements of what each graduate of the program is expected to achieve at the time of graduation. The M.S. Industrial Hygiene curriculum is structured so each student will have obtained the knowledge, understanding and skills in all 21 student outcomes.
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences.
- Design and conduct common experiments and analyze and interpret data.
- Formulate or design a system, process or program to meet desired needs.
- Function on multidisciplinary teams.
- Identify and solve applied science problems, including advanced qualitative and quantitative problems.
- Understand professional and ethical responsibilities related to the IH profession.
- Communicate effectively.
- Understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.
- Recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in life-long learning.
- Knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for the practice of IH.
- Complete a project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates mastery of the subject matter and a high level of communication skills.
- Identify agents, factors and stresses generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and processes.
- Describe qualitative and quantitative aspects of generation of agents, factors, and stresses.
- Understand the physiological and/or toxicological interactions of the physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body.
- Assess qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk characterization based on applicable pathways and modes of entry.
- Calculate, interpret and apply statistical and epidemiological data.
- Recommend and evaluate engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment controls and/or other interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards.
- Demonstrate an understanding of applicable business and managerial practices.
- Interpret and apply applicable occupational and environmental regulations.
- Understand the fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health.
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