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MS Program Curriculum

Master of Science (MS) Degree in Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Health Sciences

Accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Applicants to the MS OEH program must have completed College Algebra or higher course, 36 hours in basic sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology with at least 12 hours in chemistry to include organic chemistry, a course in biology, physiology, biochemistry, or other appropriate life science course, and one course in physics; plus a minimum of 21 hours in communications, humanities, and social sciences; and other entry requirements of the College.

This degree program is subject to the policies and procedures printed in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health Bulletin.

Required Courses (49 credit hours)

OEH 5013 Environmental Health
OEH 5103 Occupational and Environmental Health Sampling Strategies
OEH 5213 Principles of Environmental Health and Safety Management
OEH 5262 Occupational and Environmental Laws and Regulations
OEH 5702 Principles of Safety
OEH 5723 Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Science
OEH 5734 Noise and Radiation Hazards
OEH 5742 Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Measurements
OEH 5973 Communication in Ethics in Occupational and Environmental Health
OEH 5980 Research for Master's Thesis (4 credit hours)
OEH 5553 Occupational and Environmental Toxicology
OEH 5752 Occupational Hazards Control
OEH 5801 Basic Ergonomics
OEH 5940 Field Practice (160 Contact hours, 1 credit hour)

BSE 5113 Principles of Epidemiology
BSE 5163 Biostatistics Methods I

HPS 5213 Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health   
HAP 5453 U.S. Health Care Systems
HPS 5211 Qualitative Methods in Public Health

Additional Degree Requirements

Quantitative Skills Examination
Industrial Hygiene Knowledge Survey
Oral Thesis Defense
Master's Thesis

Quantitative Skills and Comprehensive Examinations

 Each MS student is required to successfully complete both a written quantitative skills examination, an Industrial Hygiene Knowledge Survey, and an oral comprehensive examination as a condition of graduation. The written Quantitative Skills Examination (QSE) is administered by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and tests the student's command of basic quantitative skills relevant to the degree program. It is graded pass/fail and must be satisfactorily completed prior to being admitted to candidacy and administration of the oral comprehensive examination. The QSE is offered only once each semester (including the summer session). The QSE is designed to evaluate the candidate's skills and abilities in using first principles and effective quantitative synthesis techniques to solve problems. In its current form, students are presented with 50 problems, from which the student selects 30. For the 30 problems worked, a score of 70% is passing. Department faculty members have prepared the Math and Chemistry Manual as a background and practice reference for students to refresh their fundamental mathematical and chemistry skills of the nature encountered in coursework. Exercises provided are meant to be illustrative of the type of problems one would be likely to encounter in the general Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) field. It is important to note that these exercises are not meant to be an exhaustive compilation of every type of problem a person may encounter in the OEHS field, nor they are a definitive study guide for the QSE. However, a student who can comfortably work the problems presented in the manual should have little or no problem passing the QSE. Therefore, all students who are required to sit for the QSE are encouraged to use the manual as a study guide and to be comfortable with the calculation methods and technical concepts included.

The Industrial Hygiene Knowledge Survey (IHKS) is a tool that the Department uses to assess the basic IH knowledge of graduating students. It should be taken in conjunction with the QSE. The IHKS consists of questions concerning the non-quantitative aspects of IH. The exam is taken anonymously and no score is used in evaluating the performance of individual students.

The oral comprehensive examination is administered no earlier than the student's last semester of enrollment, and only after the student has been admitted to candidacy. In order to apply for candidacy, the student must have completed or be in the last semester of all coursework required for the degree, and must also have successfully completed the written quantitative skills examination. The oral examination is conducted by a committee of no few than three members of the faculty, with the committee chair having his/her primary appointment in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. The comprehensive oral examination tests the student's command of technical knowledge relevant to the degree program, as well as his/her ability to integrate and apply that knowledge in problem assessment and resolution situations. The oral comprehensive examination is graded pass/fail based on majority opinion of the examining committee.

The student is allowed no more than two attempts to pass either the written quantitative skills examination or the final oral comprehensive examination. Two failures of the written quantitative skills examination or two failures of the final oral comprehensive examination will result in termination of the examination process and recommendation that the degree not be awarded, regardless of previous academic performance.

This degree program is subject to the polices and procedures printed in the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health Bulletin.