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Department of Environmental Health

Education and Research Center (ERC)

Environmental & Industrial Hygiene (EIH)

Industrial hygiene activities involve the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. The profession is devoted to assuring that everyone leaves the workplace in the same state of health as he or she arrived at work. This is a large task, and requires broad academic education and life-long learning to understand emerging exposures and new tools to evaluate and control exposures.

The University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center program in Industrial Hygiene is in the Environmental & Industrial Hygiene Division, Department of Environmental Health at the College of Medicine.

Two areas of study are available: Industrial Hygiene (IH), Occupational Ergonomics (OE). The CP program is accredited by ABET at the MS level and prepares graduates to anticipate and evaluate workplace hazards, and to assure the development of controls to reduce and eliminate hazards. The OSE program prepares graduates to develop comprehensive solutions to improve worker health by understanding ergonomic/safety concerns and physiological responses to physical and/or environmental risk factors in the workplace. Graduates are trained in the use of quantitative tools for characterizing and preventing ergonomic/safety risk factors in the workplace. Doctoral students in the CP or the OSE program complete advanced course work, conduct original research and defend the dissertation research.

The academic program blends classroom and work in the field, providing experiences to enable graduates to:

  1. Demonstrate a high level of technical and scientific competence in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational and environmental exposures, including the design and development of long-range goals and programs. This may include participation in global professional activities.
  2. Solve real-world problems by combining observation, evaluation of the literature, measurement and other data collection and analysis of data.
  3. Communicate effectively regarding potential hazards, risk reduction approaches and required actions within the health and safety team, with varying levels of organizational management and other affected stake-holders.
  4. Apply the professional code of ethics in all aspects of their practice.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation for the limits of their graduate education and experience by participating in the continuous process of professional development, including continuing education and professional certification.
  6. Industrial Hygiene students participate in multi-disciplinary activities with other UC ERC students, including formal classes, tours of industrial operations and governmental health and safety research facilities and workshops on regional topics. Faculty conduct outreach activities throughout the world, sharing expertise and increasing knowledge of industrial hygiene.

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