This is a first version of the University of Iowa 2018-19 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF version will be published soon after the fall semester begins.

An M.S. degree in occupational and environmental health is offered with optional subprograms in:

  • agricultural safety and health
  • ​industrial hygiene

The Master of Science program in occupational and environmental health requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate credit. It is offered with two optional subprograms: agricultural safety and health, and industrial hygiene. The M.S. with agricultural safety and health subprogram requires a minimum of 42 s.h. of graduate credit; the M.S. with industrial hygiene subprogram requires a minimum of 43 s.h. of graduate credit.

M.S. Without Subprogram

The Master of Science with a major in occupational and environmental health without a subprogram requires a minimum of 38 s.h. and includes the following course work.

Core Courses

All of these (23 s.h.):
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:5010Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar1
OEH:5620Occupational Health3
OEH:6710Environmental Toxicology3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
PATH:8133Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students4

Electives

Credit earned in elective course work and the thesis completes the 38 s.h. required for the degree. Students work with their advisor to select electives appropriate for their professional goals.

Thesis

A thesis is required. Students may earn a maximum of 6 s.h. for the thesis. Additional thesis credit may be allowed for students who earn more than 38 s.h.

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M.S. with Agricultural Safety and Health Subprogram

The program prepares students for careers in education, health care, insurance, and agribusiness as specialists in agricultural safety and health.

The Master of Science with a major in occupational and environmental health with an agricultural safety and health subprogram requires a minimum of 42 s.h. and includes the following course work.

Core Courses

All of these (29 s.h.):
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:4540Statistics for Experimenters3
OEH:5010Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar1
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:5620Occupational Health3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
OEH:6120Current Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health (taken three times for 1 s.h. each)3
OEH:6710Environmental Toxicology3
OEH:7040Preceptorship in Occupational and Environmental Health1
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3

Electives

Students should complete at least 9 s.h. of electives; it is recommended that students work with their advisor to identify appropriate areas of emphasis (e.g., industrial hygiene, injury prevention, environmental health, or communication).

Recommended Elective Courses

This is a recommended list of elective course work; however, any occupational and environmental health course (prefix OEH) may be taken as an elective.

OEH:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:6310Occupational Ergonomics: Applications3
OEH:6420Methods in Exposure Science3
OEH:6431Assessing Noise Hazards1
OEH:6432Assessing Nonionizing Hazards1
OEH:6433Assessing Ionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6440Control of Occupational Hazards3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology3
OEH:6720Advanced Toxicology4
CPH:4200Agriculture and the Environment3

Approved Elective Courses From Other Departments

Courses not on this list may be used as elective credit with advisor approval.

CBH:4105Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
CBH:5235Community-Based Participatory Research3
CBH:5305Evaluation: Approaches and Applications3
CBH:6220Health Communication Campaigns3
EPID:5600Introduction to Epidemiology Data Management and Analysis3
EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4
IE:3400Human Factors3

Thesis

A thesis is required. Students may earn a maximum of 5 s.h. for the thesis.

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M.S. with Industrial Hygiene Subprogram

The program prepares students for careers in industrial hygiene as well as the broad field of occupational and environmental health. Career opportunities are available in health and safety departments of industries; in consulting firms; in academic institutions; and in local, state, and federal public health agencies.

Students choose the thesis or non-thesis option. Those that select the thesis option conduct a research experiment and write a thesis. Those that select the non-thesis option complete an internship.

The Master of Science with a major in occupational and environmental health with an industrial hygiene subprogram requires a minimum of 43 s.h. and includes the following course work.

Required Courses

All M.S. students take the following courses.

All of these (22 s.h.):
OEH:4540Statistics for Experimenters3
OEH:5010Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar1
OEH:5620Occupational Health3
OEH:6420Methods in Exposure Science3
OEH:6440Control of Occupational Hazards3
OEH:6710Environmental Toxicology3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3

Electives

All M.S. students select electives from the following.

At least 12 s.h. from these:
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:6450Aerosol Technology3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology3
Assessing noise hazards course (consult advisor)1
Assessing non-ionizing radiation hazards course (consult advisor)1
Assessing ionizing radiation hazards course (consult advisor)1

Thesis Option

Thesis

Completion and acceptance of a thesis is optional. Students may earn a maximum of 6 s.h. for the thesis. Additional semester hours may be approved for students who will earn more than 43 s.h. for the major.

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Electives

Thesis option students complete additional elective course work to earn at least 43 s.h. required for the major. Students meet with their advisor to select courses most appropriate to their professional goals.

Non-Thesis Option

Internship

Non-thesis option students complete the internship and take OEH:7050. Students take the course once in their first spring semester for 0 s.h. and in their second spring semester for 3 s.h. after completing a minimum of 150 internship hours.

OEH:7050Occupational and Environmental Health Internship0,3

Electives

Non-thesis option students complete additional elective course work to earn at least 43 s.h. required for the major. Students meet with their advisor to select courses most appropriate to their professional goals.

M.S./M.A. or M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

The combined Master of Science in occupational and environmental health/Master of Arts or Master of Science in urban and regional planning program requires 65 s.h. of graduate credit. For information about the graduate programs in urban and regional planning, see the M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning or the M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning (Graduate College) in the Catalog.

Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program.

Applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS); they also must apply for admission to the Graduate College through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. For detailed application information and admission requirements, visit the How to Apply to Occupational and Environmental Health web page.

The occupational and environmental health faculty takes several factors into consideration when evaluating applications for admission, including Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores, grade-point averages, letters of recommendation, intent and motivation for graduate study, and research interests. Student with deficiencies in one area may be admitted if all other components of their application are very strong.

M.S. applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00. Applicants must have taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test; a verbal score of at least 151 and a quantitative score of at least 153 are recommended. For applicants who have not taken the GRE, the department considers scores from other standardized tests, such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from an accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (excluding French Quebec), English-speaking Africa, Australia, or New Zealand must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who score 81-99 (internet-based) are required to take English fluency courses. Applicants who score below 81 are not considered for admission.

Undergraduate preparation for applicants must include course work in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and either physical sciences or engineering, depending on the applicant's chosen specialty area.

Students may enter in the fall. February 1 is the priority application deadline for consideration for financial support; May 1 is the final application deadline.

Several graduate student awards, including tuition and stipend support, are available for individuals interested in agricultural safety and health, or industrial hygiene.

Full-time graduate students in good academic standing are eligible for a stipend and tuition support. All recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.