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Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

Purdue University in West Lafayette

The ABET accredited Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences major will prepare undergraduates to work in environmental health, occupational health, safety, and industrial hygiene.

The combined goal of the occupational and environmental health sciences is to control hazardous workplace and environmental exposures to prevent fatalities, injuries, and/or illnesses that impact the health, performance and well-being of workers and the general public. At Purdue the emphases of the OEHS program are on hazardous exposure assessment, understanding the relationships between exposure and disease, and using engineering controls to eliminate such hazards.

Hands-on and experiential learning is a key component of this major. Students within this major have the opportunity to complete excellent internships within industry across the country.

OEHS is not to be confused with Occupational or Physical Therapy which are healthcare professions that help patients perform daily living and working tasks or recover from functional problems. Occupational and Physical therapists pursue master’s degrees in occupational or physical Therapy. We recommend that students who are interested in Occupational or Physical Therapy consider the Kinesiology bachelor’s degree.

School of Health Sciences Honors Program
Students admitted to Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences may have the opportunity to participate in the School of Health and Sciences Honors Program, a program that promotes and supports honors research for high-achieving students. 

Plan of Study

Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences 

Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences Webpage

Transfer to Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Also: Completion of college-level biology or chemistry course with a grade of C or higher.

Contact Information

HHS Undergraduate Services
(765) 494-8533

College of Health and Human Sciences

Careers in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

  •   Industrial Hygienist
  •   Environmental Health Scientist
  •   Occupational and Environmental Specialist
  •   Toxicologist
  •   Environmental Risk Assessor

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