Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences - MS

The program is designed for individuals seeking careers as environmental and/or occupational health professionals. While emphasizing the recognition, evaluation and control of environmental and occupational factors affecting health, the curriculum also includes consideration of economic, sociopolitical, and regulatory issues. Offerings are designed so that students may pursue a broad course of study in environmental health science or may specialize in industrial hygiene. Internship opportunities are available with numerous outside organizations as well as research with faculty members. All courses are held in the evening and studies can be pursued on a full or part-time basis. The MS degree was founded in 1972 and has graduated hundreds of students. In 2001 the program was accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) in Industrial Hygiene. The program is a member of the NIOSH supported Education and Research Center for the New York and New Jersey area which offers fellowships to academically qualified individuals wishing to study industrial hygiene.



Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences - ( ABET Program Educational Objectives)
1. Identify and describe environmental and occupational sources of chemical, biological, physical and/or safety (CBPS) hazards
2. Predict and prevent health, safety and environmental risks from processes, work tasks, the built environment and other economic and/or social activities
3. Evaluate the human health risks from CBPS hazards using qualitative, quantitative and/or instrumental assessment methods
4. Recommend appropriate engineering, personal protection or administrative controls and policies for CBPS hazards and evaluate their effectiveness
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences - (ABET MS Student Outcomes)
1. Learn about common industrial processes, operations and manufacturing techniques found in the US
2. Develop ability to identify, describe qualitatively, and quantify agents, factors, and stressors generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and/or processes
3. Learn the principles of operation, calibration, and methodology for using basic sampling instrumentation to detect chemical and physical agents in the work environment
4. Learn to identify and apply appropriate standard sampling and analytical methods such as those developed by NIOSH, OSHA, and EPA
5. Study the operation and use of various environmental labs including types of analysis, typical costs, sample submittal processes, quality assurance/quality control programs, and laboratory accreditation procedures
6. Learn to generate, review, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data from published resear
7. Learn the origin, scientific basis, interpretation, and application of various environmental and occupational exposure limits and be able to communicate that information to others
8. Become skilled at evaluating, recommending, and putting into practice administrative and engineering controls and personal protective equipment to reduce or eliminate occupational hazar
9. Hone a combination of teamwork, business, and managerial skills to become active in the prudent development, implementation, and management of environmental and occupational hygiene-related programs
10. Become proficient at preparing technical summaries and reports using the most current technology for managing and presenting data and incorporating appropriate data and observations from the peer-reviewed environmental and occupational hygiene community
11. Develop an understanding of the roles of city, state, and federal government in promoting health and preventing disease
12. Learn the fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health
13. Develop an understanding of appropriate ethical practices in environmental and occupational hygiene
14. Develop a critical understanding of the multi-level problems important to delivery of environmental and occupational health services within a diverse urban community with various special needs and vulnerabilities and the history of those issues
15. Develop skills in diagnosing the strengths and problems of the urban environment and fostering programs to improve the health and welfare of urban communities and to influence institutional and public policy with the aim of improving the health of the urban environment and its constituents
16. Study and assess occupational and environmental hazard notification systems such as MSDS and transportation placards.
17. Acquire the knowledge needed to attain recognized professional certification

Program Enrollment and Degree Data
Academic Year Enrollment MS Degrees Awarded
2012-2013 FT 10 11
PT 17
Total 27
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