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Degree Options

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is for students who plan to work as practitioners in industry or government agencies. This degree includes required management and behavioral sciences courses. Students are admitted to the School of Public Health's environmental health major. A full-time program of study takes two years, including course and project work, and practicum.

The Master of Science (MS) degree is designed for both practitioners and for those planning careers in research or academia. Course work is similar to the MPH degree with more emphasis placed on acquiring quantitative and research skills. Students are admitted to the Graduate School's program in environmental health. This option also requires two years to complete the degree requirements.

The primary objective of the PhD program is to bring students to a high level of academic competence through a combination of advanced course work and research. These students are expected to go on to provide leadership in the field of occupational health and hygiene in education, government and corporate spheres. Students develop their dissertation topics from a funded research project. Prospective doctoral students must have fulfilled the requirements of the master's program, or their equivalent, before admission to the program, or they may take additional courses to meet that level of knowledge once admitted.

The Industrial Hygiene Master's (MPH and MS) programs are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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