The University of Iowa’s Industrial Hygiene program trains students to recognize, evaluate, and control occupational and environmental hazards to prevent diseases and injuries. A great strength of our program is the depth of instruction on assessing exposures to and control of health hazards in the workplace with extensive coursework and hands-on activities. Students are also introduced more broadly to the field of occupational and environmental health with coursework in safety, ergonomics, environmental health, toxicology, epidemiology and statistics.
Both the M.S. and Ph.D. tracks provide applied research training, which allows students to focus on specialized areas of interest. The program has had many graduates throughout its history that have become leaders in the field of occupational and environmental health, and made major contributions toward reducing disease and injury.
Mission and vision statements for the program are developed and reviewed by students and faculty each year. The current statements are:
Our mission is to ignite students’ passion for Industrial Hygiene, cultivating ingenuity, curiosity, determination, and boldness required for them to become leaders in the field of Occupational Health and Safety.
We believe that Occupational Health and Safety is more than a job; it is a lifetime commitment. Our vision is for each student to develop skills and knowledge needed to continuously improve on all aspects of the occupational environment, creating a healthier workplace for tomorrow.
Details on the MS and PhD curricula within OEH.
See examples of research conducted by our IH students.
Learn about our IH research and training facilities.
Meet the core faculty of our industrial hygiene program.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the IH program.
There are several sources of tuition funding for our students.