How does the environment affect our health?
To answer this question, we must be able to define and measure exactly what we mean by environment—whether it is at work, at home or in the community—and how a person interacts with their environment.
The science dedicated to quantifying environmental exposures is called exposure science. Our MS in Exposure Science or Occupational Hygiene degree programs train scientists and professionals to recognize, evaluate and prevent exposures that may increase the risk of disease or injury.
Students work with faculty members to identify, quantify, reduce or eliminate hazards on the job and in communities. Research topics include: biological, chemical and physical hazard assessment and controls; respiratory, reproductive and chronic diseases; epidemiology of occupational and environmental cancers; bio-monitoring and medical surveillance; and occupational or environmental health policy. Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of health and safety principles, strong technical skills and practical experience.
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Career paths of recent graduates
Graduates pursue careers as health and safety professionals in a range of private, public and academic organizations, which include primary industry; manufacturing; consulting firms; state and federal health and environmental regulatory agencies; product safety evaluation organizations; chemical, consumer products, pharmaceutical industries; and major universities. Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as: