Why Study Industrial Hygiene Online at Montana Tech?  

Montana Tech's Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track graduate program provides an exceptional opportunity for advanced study in the field of occupational health. 

Accredited Program, State-of-the-Art Facilities

Montana Tech recently constructed a state-of-the art Safety Lab which allows for an abundance of experiential learning exercises within the curriculums. The quality of our programs is recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as Qualified Academic Programs. Additionally, the program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org/), and is supported by a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grant.

Advance Your Professional Area, While Continuing to Work in the Field

The entire degree program is conducted online with the exception of a five-day sampling lab residency. The curricula is designed to provide graduates with the academic preparation needed to pass the certification examination administered by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (Formally ABIH). 

Program Requirements  

We have established admittance standards for the distance learning program to ensure student success. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university that included as a minimum 19 credits of college-level mathematics and science, (including first semester calculus and statistics), biology (including anatomy/physiology), chemistry (including organic chemistry), and physics.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university may alternatively demonstrate adequate math and science preparation if they hold the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP) credential, or *equivalent international professional certifications, or if they have completed an advanced degree in a science-based discipline.

A resume containing two years of safety and health-related work experience is also a requirement for admittance to this program. Students who do not have professional work experience may wish to apply to our MS Industrial Hygiene on-campus program.

Students who are Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) may waive OSH 421 Industrial Hygiene I. These students will be required to complete 34 credits for the Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning degree. Students licensed as Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) may waive I.H. 5606 System Safety and Process Safety Management. These students will be required to complete 34 credits for the Industrial Hygiene Online degree. For students who are both a CIH and CSP, both OSH 421 and I.H. 5606 may be waived and these students would be required to complete 31 credits for this degree.

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What is Industrial Hygiene? 

Industrial hygienists play an important role in ensuring the workplace is as free from hazards as possible and that the workers and the community at large are protected from potential health threats. Moreover, industrial hygienists work with management to anticipate problems that could occur and take action to prevent them before they happen. Also, industrial hygienists play an important role in shaping and implementing government policy concerning worker health and safety. 

What Kinds of Jobs do Industrial Hygienists Get?  

Job diversity is a major benefit to consider when choosing a career in the health/environmental sciences. A wealth of unique employment opportunities exists for industrial hygienists. Unlike many other professions, industrial hygienists are not limited to one particular type of industry. They are employed in a variety of organizations such as public utilities, government, academia, research laboratories, hospitals, insurance companies, consulting firms, oil, chemical and manufacturing companies, and mining operations. 

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The Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track, M.S. degree includes coursework in chemical, biological, and physical hazards, statistical analysis, advanced industrial toxicology, epidemiology, and more. The 37-credit degree is structured to develop participative, collaborative, and applied problem-solving strategies to address modern day occupational health issues. 

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