This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

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 in occupational and environmental health requires 38-43 s.h. of graduate credit. The degree program is offered with three options—the M.S. in occupational and environmental health (38 s.h.) without a subprogram, the M.S. with an agricultural safety and health subprogram (42 s.h.), or the M.S. with an industrial hygiene subprogram (43 s.h.).

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 coursework.

Core Courses

All of these (13 s.h.):
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:5010Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar1
OEH:5620Occupational Health3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
One of these:
OEH:4540Statistics for Experimenters3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
At least 6 s.h. from these:
OEH:4260Global Water and Health3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:6110Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6710Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment3

Electives

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

Thesis

A thesis is required. Students may earn a maximum of 6 s.h. for the thesis.

OEH:7000Thesis/Dissertationarr.

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 coursework.

Core Courses

All of these (26 s.h.):
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
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:6710Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
OEH:7040Preceptorship in Occupational and Environmental Health1
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health1
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
One of these:
OEH:4540Statistics for Experimenters3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3

Electives

Credit earned in elective coursework and the thesis completes the 42 s.h. required for the degree. Students work with their advisor to select courses appropriate for their professional goals.

Recommended Elective Courses

This is a recommended list of elective coursework; 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:6420Methods in Exposure Science3
OEH:6431Assessing Noise Hazards1
OEH:6432Assessing Nonionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6433Assessing Ionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6440Control of Occupational Hazards3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology3
OEH:6720Advanced Toxicology4
CPH:4200Agriculture, Food Systems, and Sustainability3

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
ISE:3400Human Factors3

Thesis

A thesis is required. Students may earn a maximum of 4 s.h. for the thesis.

OEH:7000Thesis/Dissertationarr.

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 either the thesis (research option) or nonthesis (internship option). Those that select the thesis option conduct a research project and write a thesis. Those that select the nonthesis 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 coursework.

Required 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:6710Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment3
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health1
At least 12 s.h. from these:
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
OEH:5410Occupational Safety3
OEH:6431Assessing Noise Hazards1
OEH:6432Assessing Nonionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6433Assessing Ionizing Radiation Hazards1
OEH:6450Aerosol Technology3
OEH:6510Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3
OEH:6520Injury Epidemiology3

Thesis or Nonthesis Option

Thesis (Research Option)

Research Project and Thesis

Completion of a research project and thesis is required. A maximum of 6 s.h. is allowed for thesis credit in OEH:7000.

OEH:7000Thesis/Dissertationarr.
Electives

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

Nonthesis (Internship Option)

Internship and Internship Report

Completion of an internship and an internship report is required. A maximum of 3 s.h. is allowed for internship credit in OEH:7050. Students are required to complete a minimum 150-hour internship.

OEH:7050Occupational and Environmental Health Internship0,3
Electives

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

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

The combined Master of Science in occupational and environmental health/Master of Science in urban and regional planning program requires 65 s.h. of graduate credit. For information about the graduate program in urban and regional planning, see 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 grade-point averages, letters of recommendation, intent and motivation for graduate study, and research interests. Students with deficiencies in one area may be admitted if all other components of their application are very strong.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official test scores to verify English proficiency. Applicants can verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test (DET).

M.S. applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00. Undergraduate preparation for applicants should include coursework in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and either physical sciences or engineering, depending on the applicant's chosen specialty area.

Students may enter in the fall. May 1 is the final application deadline.

Most students receive financial support through traineeships, graduate research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

Students accepted to programs with a focus on occupational health and safety, including agricultural safety and health, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, and occupational injury prevention, may receive traineeships and financial support in the form of fully paid tuition and a monthly stipend. These traineeships are offered through the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, and are only available for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Students with a focus on environmental health, global health, or environmental toxicology are generally funded by graduate research assistantships or teaching assistantships.

The program prepares students for professional and academic careers in environmental and occupational health. Graduates will be qualified for a career in a range of private, public, and academic positions; consulting firms; state and federal occupational and environmental agencies; chemical and consumer products areas; pharmaceutical industries; and universities.

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Occupational and Environmental Health, M.S.

Agricultural Safety and Health Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
42 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3
OEH:6120 Current Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health b 1
OEH:5620 Occupational Health 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar c 0
CPH:6100 Essentials of Public Health d 2
CPH:7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health e 0
 Hours12
Spring
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3
OEH:6120 Current Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health b 1
OEH:6710 Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar c 0
Elective course f 3
OEH:7010 Problems in Occupational and Environmental Health 0
CPH:7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health e 1
 Hours11
Second Year
Fall
Elective course f 3
BIOS:4120
Introduction to Biostatistics
or Statistics for Experimenters
3
OEH:7040 Preceptorship in Occupational and Environmental Health 1
Elective course f 3
 Hours10
Spring
OEH:5410 Occupational Safety g 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar c 1
OEH:6120 Current Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health b 1
OEH:7000 Thesis/Dissertation h 4
Exam: Thesis Oral Defense  
 Hours9
 Total Hours42

Industrial Hygiene Subprogram

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
43 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.  
Students pursuing the nonthesis option are required to complete a minimum 150-hour internship.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
OEH:6420 Methods in Exposure Science 3
OEH:5620 Occupational Health 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar b 0
EPID:4400
Epidemiology I: Principles
or Statistics for Experimenters
3
CPH:7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health c 0
CPH:6100 Essentials of Public Health d 2
 Hours11
Spring
OEH:6710 Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar b 0
OEH:7050 Occupational and Environmental Health Internship e 0
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
OEH:7010 Problems in Occupational and Environmental Health 0
CPH:7270 Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health c 1
 Hours10
Second Year
Fall
EPID:4400
Epidemiology I: Principles
or Statistics for Experimenters
3
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
 Hours12
Spring
Exam: Final Exam  
OEH:6440 Control of Occupational Hazards g 3
OEH:5010 Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar b 1
OEH:7050 Occupational and Environmental Health Internship e 3
Elective course f 3
 Hours10
 Total Hours43