Lead Society: American Industrial Hygiene Association

Cooperating Society: American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
These criteria apply to industrial hygiene or similarly named applied [and natural] science programs.


The program must demonstrate that graduates have necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to competently and ethically implement and practice applicable scientific, technical, and regulatory aspects of Industrial Hygiene. To this end, graduates will be prepared to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control exposures of workers and others to physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial factors, agents, and/or stressors that can potentially cause-related diseases and/or dysfunctions. More specifically, graduates must be able to:

a.  identify agents, factors, and stressors generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and/or processes;

b.  describe qualitative and quantitative aspects of generation of agents, factors, and stressors;

c.  understand physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body;

d.  assess qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment, dose response, and risk characterization based on applicable pathways and modes of entry;

e.  calculate, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data;

f.  recommend and evaluate engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment  controls and/or other interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards;

g.  demonstrate an understanding of applicable business and managerial practices;  (h) interpret and apply applicable occupational and environmental regulations;

(i) understand fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health  (j) attain recognized professional certification
The curriculum must provide graduates with the necessary knowledge of Industrial Hygiene and include the following curricular areas:


(a)    physiological and/or toxicological interactions of physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body;

(b)     anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of potentially hazardous agents, conditions and practices;

(c)     fundamental exposure assessment techniques (both qualitative and quantitative);

(d) industrial hygiene data interpretation including statistical and  epidemiological principles;

(e)    applicable business and managerial practices

(f)    occupational and environmental standards and regulations

(g)    fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health.

Baccalaureate-level Faculty

The majority of core Industrial Hygiene and other supporting faculty must hold an earned  doctorate. (“Core Industrial Hygiene faculty” pertains to those who are teaching industrial hygiene courses and does not include faculty members teaching courses such as epidemiology, statistics, etc.). Faculty must also demonstrate external professional activity, including, but not limited to, participation on national, regional, state, and/or local  committees and advisory boards, professional practice, and/or editorial reviews of professional publications.

The majority of core Industrial Hygiene faculty should be Certified Industrial Hygienists; however, a minimum of one core Industrial Hygiene faculty member must be a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Core Industrial Hygiene faculty pertains to those who are teaching industrial hygiene courses.

A full-time faculty member must be identified as administratively in charge of the program.


Admission Requirements

Admitted students must hold an earned baccalaureate that prepares them to apply the basic principles of college-level mathematics, inorganic [general] and organic chemistry, physics, and biology. Exceptions may be admitted with an individually documented plan of study to compensate for any deficiencies

Master’s-level Curriculum Criteria for master’s-level programs require the following  additions beyond the baccalaureate level:

(i) minimum of one year of study beyond the basic-level, consisting of courses with increased depth and rigor;

(ii)       an applied science project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates both mastery of the subject matter and a high level of professional and public communication skills;

(iii)     an adequate foundation in statistics, applied sciences, and/or related professional practice; and,

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