MSPH Industrial Hygiene (Distance Learning) 


Mission (Educational Objectives)

The mission of the Industrial Hygiene program is to prepare mid-career health and safety professionals to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and manage workplace exposure to chemical, biological, and physical stressors in the workplace and indoor environment.  A secondary objective of the program is to prepare graduates to sit for the CIH certification exam administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.



MSPH in Industrial Hygiene provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to Anticipate, recognize and evaluate work place exposures and hazards, apply science and engineering principles to control work place hazards and develop and manage industrial hygiene programs.  The program is designed to prepare graduates for the certification exam administered by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  The CIH certification is the hallmark of professional achievement and competence within the field of industrial hygiene. The Tulane MSPH-IH degree program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Competencies (Student Outcomes)

  • Use basic scientific and engineering principles to anticipate and identify potential hazards in the workplace (GEHS 6300, GEHS 6600, GEHS 6620, GEHS 6720, GEHS 7110, GEHS 7500, Practicum).
  • Apply the methods and techniques of analytical chemistry and other measurement sciences to quantify the degree of hazard of identified occupational health stressors (BIOS 6030, GEHS 6720, GEHS 7500, Practicum).
  • Interpret toxicology literature and health data and incorporate these into the management of occupational health hazards (EPID 6030, GEHS 6540, GEHS 6600, GEHS 6630, Practicum).
  • Apply principles of engineering in the design of appropriate controls for workplace hazards, with emphasis on general and local exhaust ventilation (GEHS 6300, GEHS 6620, GEHS 7110, Practicum).
  • Select, evaluate, and manage the use of appropriate types of personal protective equipment for control of worker exposures (GEHS 6300, GEHS 6570, GEHS 6620, GEHS 6720, Practicum).
  • Utilize critical thinking in the development, management, and evaluation of industrial hygiene programs (GEHS 6570, GEHS 6720, GEHS 9990, Practicum).
  • Communicate to labor, management, and the community, verbally and in writing, the nature, risks, and remediation of workplace and environmental hazards (GEHS 6570, GEHS 6590, GEHS 6600, GEHS 6720, GEHS 6630, Practicum).
  • Interpret and assure compliance with applicable government regulations and standards pertaining to occupational safety and health (GEHS 6300, GEHS 6540, GEHS 6570, GEHS 6590, GEHS 6620, GEHS 6720, GEHS 7310, Practicum).

Program Competencies (previous course numbers)


Student Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

Student enrollment and graduation statistics for the last five academic years are shown in the table below. The data are combined for on-campus and distance learning.


Academic Year

New Students Enrolled

Total Students Enrolled

Total Students Graduated




















(12 expected)

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 45 hours of academic credit with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  The credit hours consist of: School of Public Health Core requirements, 18 credits hours and IH program required courses 27 credits.  The School of Public Health Industrial Hygiene Comprehensive Exam must be passed*.  Students are required to attend a one-week, on-campus session to perform the laboratories in GEHS 7500 Air Sampling & Analysis.  Students with less than 3 years experience in industrial hygiene or closely related field are required to perform the Practicum.  All students must complete the Culminating Experience through field or laboratory research.

Course Requirements


School of Public Health Core Requirements (18 credits)


(3) - BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics


(3) - EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I


(3) - GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health

*previously ENHS  6030*

(3) - GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration
        and Management

*previously HSMG 6030*

(3) - GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health

*previously SPHL 6030*

(3) - TRMD 6010  Biological Basis of Disease *

*previously SPHL 6010*

IH Program courses (27 credits)


(3) - GEHS 6300 Radiological Health

*previously ENHS 6390*

(3) - GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology

*previously ENHS 6600*

(3) - GEHS 6620 Physical Agents and Ergonomic                                      
         Hazards in the Workplace

*previously ENHS 6620*

(2) - GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety

*previously ENHS 6700*

(3) - GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene

*previously ENHS 6720*

(3) - GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation and Hazard Control

*previously ENHS 7110*
*pre-requisite GEHS 6720 or CIH*

(3) - GEHS 6540 Principles of Occupational Health

*previously ENHS 6540*

(3) - GEHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis*

*previously ENHS 7500*
*requires one week on campus lab

(3) - GEHS 7620 Health Risk Assessment

*previously ENHS 7620*

(2) - GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Compliance

*previously ENHS 6310*

(0) - SPHL 7950-70 Culminating Experience


Culminating Experience (0 Credits)


The Culminating Experience is a formal, professional Thesis describing the student's basic or applied research that will contribute to the scope of knowledge in the field of public health, address a specific or general problem within the field of industrial hygiene, and demonstrate the student's mastery of the program competencies.  The importance of the results in relation to public health/industrial hygiene is discussed and recommendations for future interventions and research are included.  The topic and scope of the written Culminating Experience document is done in consultation with the IH program faculty advisor. 

Practicum (0 credits)


The Practicum is designed to demonstrate application of core public health knowledge in practice.  Specific competencies for the Practicum may be found in the Practicum Handbook on the Students Policies, Guidelines, and Forms page.  Professionals working in an appropriate field of public health may be able to waive this requirement if they are able to meet certain conditions. Students should contact Dr. James to discuss practicum requirements the semester before they intend to graduate. 

Model Course Schedule – Fall Entry


Fall, Year 1

GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology 3
GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3

Spring, Year 1

BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics   3
GEHS 6540  Principles of Occupational Health   3


Summer, Year 1

GEHS 7310 Occupational Laws and Regulations 2
TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease 3 *

Fall, Year 2

GEHS 7110 Industrial Ventilation 3
EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I 3 


Spring, Year 2

GCHB 603 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health 3
GEHS 6630 Health Risk Assessment  3

Summer, Year 2

GEHS 7500 Air Sampling and Analysis 3
GEHS 6300 Radiological Health 3

Fall, Year 3

GEHS 6620 Physical Agents and Ergonomic Hazards in the workplace 3
GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health 3


Spring, Year 3

GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management 3
GEHS 6700 Principles of Safety 2
Culminating Experience – Thesis 0
GEHS 7000  Environmental Health Seminar 0


Total 45


Admission Requirements

  • A bachelors degree based on a minimum of 120 semester hours or the equivalent that shall include 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. 
  • Three or more years of experience in health and safety, occupational health or industrial hygiene as documented by work history (resume) and stated in letters of recommendation.
  • Three letters of recommendations from three individuals familiar with prior academic and/or professional performance
  • GRE scores: upper percentiles
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer based test, or 88 on the internet-based test is preferred.

*The School of Public Health Industrial Hygiene Comprehensive Exam (IH Comp Exam) may be waived if the student has passed the CIH exam.

* Individuals having a background in this area or are MD, RN may be able to waive this class and should contact Dr. James

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