The industrial hygiene profession deals with the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards in the workplace. The industrial hygienist evaluates worker exposure to chemical, physical, and other factors that contribute to unsuitable working conditions. Industrial hygienists implement measures to control these hazards to provide a safe and healthful working environment. They often are involved with safety and environmental issues as well.

Industrial hygiene students are eligible for a minor in chemistry upon graduation. Students find jobs in private industry, government or consulting firms, and an alumni network provides internship and job opportunities. The USU industrial hygiene program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201, tel. (410)347-7700. Graduates are encouraged to pursue professional certification as a CIH or CSP and are eligible to receive a GSP designation upon graduation.

Industrial Hygiene Program Educational Objectives:

GOALS of the Industrial Hygiene Program:

The Utah State University baccalaureate industrial hygiene program seeks to graduate well educated, entry level, industrial hygienists who are prepared for either professional practice or graduate school with a solid science background in biology and chemistry and who are competent in the principles and practice of industrial hygiene, prepared with occupational safety skills, and knowledgeable about environmental protection. The approach of the Utah State University industrial hygiene program to achieving this goal is to integrate the knowledge gleaned from a strong basic science and humanities education into our applied science and professional practice curriculum and to meet the requirements of ABET accreditation.

Consistent with the above goals, the following Program Educational Objectives have been identified for the Industrial Hygiene emphasis: Graduates will be able to...

  1. succeed in an entry-level industrial hygiene position in a regional, national, or international industry or governmental or nongovernmental agency.
  2. integrate biological, chemical, and other basic sciences into their professional practice.
  3. utilize existing and future technical tools and techniques within their profession.
  4. work effectively within the social, organizational, regulatory, and economic constraints and opportunities of their profession.
  5. pursue a graduate degree, lifelong learning activities, and/or professional certification.

Industrial Hygiene Student Outcomes:

The USU Industrial Hygiene Program uses the General Criterion 3 of ABET and the ABET Program Criteria of Industrial Hygiene Programs to determine expected Student Outcomes upon graduation from our program. General Criterion 3 of ABET states that upon graduation students have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice

While use of the Program Criteria for Industrial Hygiene Programs demonstrate that graduates have the ability to:

  • identify agents, factors, and stressors generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and/or processes;
  • describe qualitative and quantitative aspects of generation of agents, factors, and stressors;
  • understand physiological and/or toxicological interactions of 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 pathway 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 and understanding of applicable business and managerial practices;
  • interpret and apply applicable occupational and environmental regulations;
  • understand fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health
  • attain recognized professional certification

Industrial Hygiene Enrollment/ Graduation Data:

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Enrolled with PubH-IH Emphasis 69 79 86 80 71 82 TBD
Total Graduates with IH 9 14 18 20 16 16 TBD
Total entered workforce as IH or Safety 6 8 17 17 14 14 TBD
Total entering Grad School 0 3 1 1 1 0 TBD
Total pursuing medical, dental, pharmacy, or other health fields 3 3 0 2 0 1 TBD
Not in any of the above categories 0 0 0 0 1 1 TBD

TBD = Too Be Decided

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