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.

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Careers in Occupational Health Sciences

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).

Potential job titles

  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Occupational Hygienist
  • Occupational and Environmental Specialist
  • Occupational, Environmental, and Safety Specialist
  • Occupational/Environmental Engineer
  • Occupational Ergonomist

Examples of companies that employ our graduates

  • Alcoa
  • Caterpillar
  • Eli Lilly
  • Exxon Mobile
  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • Boeing
  • Dow Chemical
  • Subaru
  • 3M
  • Deere
  • Abbott Labs
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