Occupational Health Science
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-on industrial 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. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are ABET accredited.
Students interested in pursuing Occupational Therapy through Health Sciences should apply to Health Sciences Pre-professional and choose the pre-professional interest of Pre-Occupational Therapy on the Common Application.
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Careers in Occupational Health Science
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 and Environmental Specialist
- Occupational, Environmental, and Safety Specialist
- Occupational/Environmental Engineer
- Occupational Ergonomist
- Occupational Hygienist
Examples of companies that employ our graduates
- Abbott Labs
- Dow Chemical
- Eli Lilly
- Exxon Mobile
- General Motors
Transfer to Occupational Health Science
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: 3.0
Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
Contact InformationHHS Undergraduate Student Services