What will I learn?

“Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and wellbeing, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community.” – American Industrial Hygiene Association

The mission of the graduate program in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences is to prepare its graduates to be professionals, leaders and researchers in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, and related fields. Such professionals will be highly competent, effective and ethical in applying scientific principles to carrying out activities to protect workers from the adverse effects of hazardous environmental agents and workplace stressors.

What do Environmental and Occupational Health Scientists do?

Upon completion of our ABET accredited graduate program, our Industrial Hygienists typically assume a variety of leadership roles in academia, industry, labor and government. The usual path includes advancing from a project officer focusing on workplace or environmental hazards to global management of occupational, environmental health and safety (OEHS) programs.

An Industrial Hygienist from our program is a person who is professionally qualified by their Master’s or Ph.D., education and training to: anticipate chemical, physical, biological, and radiologic hazards and develop controls in occupational and environmental settings.

Research Opportunities or Research Focus

In preparing for a career in industrial hygiene, emphasis is placed on field research. Currently, the focus of industrial hygiene in the School of Health Sciences is in three areas:

Evaluation and Control of Nanoparticles in the workplace and environment. Research in this area focuses on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of nanoparticle exposure to work populations and use of engineering controls to contain these particles;
Industrial Hygiene Engineering Controls. Research is focused on real-time exposure assessment and control strategies for the workplace and environment. Use of Prevention through Design (PtD) principles to design out potential hazards in the workplace and environment; and
Occupational and Environmental Exposure Assessment Epidemiology where research is conducted to link hazardous exposures with adverse health outcomes of work populations and communities.

Our graduate students are expected to participate in interdisciplinary activities within our school as well as in other aligned areas including: Toxicology, Health and Medical Physics, Ergonomics, Safety, and outside our school including: the Burke Nanotechnology Center, the Bindley Biosciences Center, the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Biomedical Engineering, and Departments of Entomology, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Agronomy – all on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus.

The student has many opportunities to learn from their peers by listening to and presenting their research in seminars and group presentations. Students are encouraged to summarize their research in the form of manuscripts and submit them to peer-reviewed journals. Also, our students are encouraged and often supported to attend local, regional, national, and international meetings to present their research.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Sciences

Study options

Full Time (A total of 90 residency hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,802.00 per year
USD $9,401 per semester for 8 credit hours or more (regular Fall/Spring)
Start date

19 August 2019, 13 January 2020


College of Health and Human Sciences

700 W. State Street,



47907, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have achieved a 3.0 grade point index or higher for the baccalaureate degree or have other academic indices indicating superior performance. They should have a minimum score of 550 on paper based TOEFL and an overall score of 58 on PTE.

For international students

Applicants are ordinarily expected to hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing prior to registration, and should have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or higher. Three-year Bologna bachelor's degree recipients are eligible for admission.

The minimum Internet-Based Test (iBT) scores required for admission are the following: Writing 18; Speaking 18; Listening 14;Reading 19; Total 80

The minimum paper-delivered section requirements are the following (overall score is no longer reported): Reading 19; Listening 14; Writing 18

IELTS - An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission with the following minimum section requirements: Reading 6.5; Listening 6.0; Speaking 6.0; Writing 5.5

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