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Industrial Hygiene M.S. Course Requirements

​M.S. Plan A Program

  • Requires a minimum of 35 semester credits with a thesis.

M.S. Plan B Program

  • Requires a minimum of 39-41 semester credits with a professional paper and internship or one year of professional experience in occupational or environmental health-related areas.

Note: The M.S. Plan A and Plan B curricula are Qualified Academic Programs by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the Graduate Student Practictioner designation.

Required Core Courses

Plan A - minimum of 32 credits - Plan B - minimum of 33-35 credits

  • ERHS 520 - Environmental & Occupational Health Issues (3 Credits)
    Issues in environmental and occupational health sciences in the context of public health and regulatory concerns.

  • ERHS 526 - Industrial Hygiene (3 Credits)
    Theory and application of industrial hygiene principles to management of the occupational environment.

  • ERHS 527 - Industrial Hygiene Laboratory (1 Credit)
    Industrial hygiene field monitoring equipment and techniques.

  • ERHS 528 - Occupational Safety (3 Credits)
    Introduction to occupational safety hazard recognition and control.

  • ERHS 532 - Epidemiologic Methods (3 Credits)
    Method of epidemiologic investigation and study design.  Applications to disease control with literature examples.

  • ERHS 536 - Advanced Occupational Health (3 Credits)
    Advanced topics in occupational health emphasizing contemporary issues, topics, trends, and problems in the field of industrial hygiene.

  • ERHS 540 - Principles of Ergonomics (3 Credits)
    Theory and practice of ergonomics.

  • ERHS 637 - Environment, Safety, and Health Management (3 Credits)
    Environment, safety, and health management systems for occupational health practitioners; major environmental and DOT regulatory standards and laws.

  • ERHS 679 - Occ Env Health Interdisciplinary Symposium (2 Credits)
    Evaluation of complex occupational and environmental health issues, through multidisciplinary interactions in seminars and field visits (Field Trips are required). Required for MAP ERC Trainees.

  • ERHS 695 - Independent Study (4 Credits) (Plan B)
    Specialized study in a defined area under supervision of faculty.

  • ERHS 699 - Thesis (4-6 Credits) (Plan A)

  • STATISTICS - One graduate level course (3 Credits)

  • Out-of-Department Elective - Approved by student's committee (3 Credits)

  • Two additional courses - Approved by student's committee (Plan B)

Elective Courses

Plan A - minimum of 3 credits -  Plan B - minimum of 6 credits


  • ERHS 502 - Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 Credits)
    Fundamental principles of toxicology, dose-response, organ targets, toxic agents.

    • EHOH 6616 - Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (for CSPH students at the University of Colorado, Denver)

  • ERHS 503 - Toxicology Principles (1 Credit)
    Principles of toxicology for applications in industrial hygiene and environmental public health.

  • ERHS 504 - Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (2 Credits)
    Toxic effects of harmful agents found in occupational and environmental settings.

  • ERHS 530 - Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I (3 Credits)
    Theory and detection of ionizing radiation; measurement and calculation of exposure and dose.

  • ERHS 541 - Ergonomics in Product and Process Design (3 Credits)
    Application of ergonomics to design of products and processes with respect to health, safety, function, and quality.

  • ERHS 547 - Equipment & Instrumentation (3 Credits)
    Sample collection, quality control, theory, and application of equipment and instrumentation for analysis and confirmation of organic-inorganic chemicals.

  • ERHS 549 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3 Credits)
    Environmental contamination and health effects of chemicals using risk assessment, management, and communication approaches.

  • ERHS 550 - Principles of Radiation Biology (3 Credits)
    Dose-response relationships; physical, chemical, and biological modification of radiation damage; radiation oncology; radiation genetics and oncogenesis.

  • ERHS 636 - Industrial Hygiene Control Methods (3 Credits)
    Controlling occupational exposures to chemical agents, emphasizing local exhaust ventilation; personal protective devices.

  • ERHS 656 - Occupational Noise Control (3 Credits)
    Measurement and control of industrial or environmental noise emphasizing practical solutions.

  • ERHS 693B - Research Seminar - Industrial Hygiene (1-4 Credits)
    Presentation of student research and discussion of publication from scientific literature.  

  • ERHS 698 - Research (1-6 Credits)

  • ERHS 726 - Aerosols and Occupational Health (3 Credits)
    Properties and behavior of environmental and occupational aerosols emphasizing how airborne particles affect health of humans and the environment.

  • PSY 692D - Spectrum and Professions Protecting and Promoting Worker Health (3 Credits)
    Introduction to multiple occupational health disciplines.

  • PSY 792D - Occupational Health Psychology (3 Credits)

 Responsible Conduct Research Training


  • RCR Online Training - All master's students will be required to take the Responsible Conduct Research on-line training.  It is an overview of the core competencies involved in research and can be found at:  There are nine learning modules followed by a mastery quiz.  It will take approximately one hour to complete.
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