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The MSPH with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene is offered by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene presents students with an option to focus on industrial hygiene topics and provide a dedicated research experience. Industrial hygiene professionals must be able to recognize, evaluate, and control occupational situations that may lead to disease or injuries. They may also need expertise in designing and conducting studies of occupational sites to assess the probability that exposures present a risk to workers, to define safe limits for human exposures, and set in place control measures.

The research aspect of this curriculum is conducted under the requirements of the UAB Graduate School and requires conducting research under an advisor’s supervision and writing and defending a master’s research thesis. The industrial hygiene program is part of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, one of 18 Education and Research Centers supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Funding is available for eligible applicants through the center.

Our goal is to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge on the scientific principles and fundamentals of industrial hygiene.
  • Use sampling and analytical methods to conduct occupational exposure assessment.
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals in controlling occupational exposure hazards.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of industrial hygiene theory to real life practical cases.
  • Explain knowledge on fundamental concepts of occupational safety and health.
  • Apply the basic regulations and standards of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety to real field situations.


Students must complete a minimum of 43 credit hours, including MSPH core courses, industrial hygiene concentration courses, and research. Students who are receiving NIOSH funding will also be required to complete an internship. Students in the MSPH program are required to write and submit a master’s thesis.

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Applicants should have a good academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health. In addition, applicants should have some background in math and science and a commitment to conduct directed research (laboratory or field based) at the MS level.

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