Occupational Health Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

Occupational Health Science is a science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in the workplace. The industrial hygienist performs qualitative and quantitative workplace exposure assessments of adverse chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents. The goal of occupational health science is to control such exposures to prevent fatalities, injuries, and/or illnesses that impact the health, performance and well-being of workers. At Purdue the occupational health science program emphasis is on exposure assessment and use of engineering controls to eliminate such hazards. This program stresses background in the basic sciences, specific courses in occupational health, and a hands onindustrial hygiene experience gained through laboratory exercises in environmental monitoring, field trips, and internships.

Students in Occupational Health Sciences have the opportunity to complete an accelerated 5-year M.S. degree in Occupational Health with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene.

Students interested in pursuing Occupational Therapy through Health Sciences should apply to Health Sciences Preprofessional and choose the pre-professional interest of Pre-Occupational Therapy on the Common Application.

Occupational Health Sciences Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Also: Any combination of at least 2 of the following courses: an equivalent to CHM 11500, an equivalent to CHM 11600, an equivalent to BIOL 11000, and equivalent to BIOL 11100, an equivalent to MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.


Contact Information

Phone: 765-494-8102


The employment rate for graduates of the Occupational Health Sciences program is constantly at, or near, 100%.  Graduates work for both industry and governmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Examples of companies that employ our graduates

Related Career Interests

Healthcare Services

Science and Research