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Department of Social and Public Health

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Doug Bolon
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Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

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Occupational Hygiene and Safety  

As an occupational hygiene and safety major, you'll learn to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control workplace environmental factors that may affect the health, comfort, and productivity of the worker. The program also introduces you to policy issues critical to worker health and safety. With new technologies emerging every day, the industrial hygienist's job function grows increasingly valuable to the health and well being of workers, the community, and the environment.

In this program, you'll learn about the following topics:

Evaluation of chemical, biological, and physical hazards Ergonomics: the science of adapting working conditions to suit the worker Air quality: the evaluation and control of air pollutants Water quality: the evaluation and control of hazardous pollutants Indoor environmental air quality EPA and OSHA rules and regulations Nuclear and electromagnetic radiation Safe hazardous materials use and disposal Workplace environmental exposure levels Upon completion of the Industrial Hygiene program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science in occupational hygiene and safety, the only four-year program of its kind approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Ohio University program is one of very few American Board of Engineering and Technology-accredited undergraduate programs in the world. Utilizing strong links to Ohio's manufacturing and industrial base, the OU program is often fortunate to have an excess of paid internship opportunities for its students. While strongly recommended, internships are not presently a program requirement. However, OU graduates with internship experience typically do exceedingly well in the job market.The degree also prepares you for graduate study in industrial hygiene, public health or other environmental science-related disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in industry, corporations, insurance companies, food establishments, research facilities and government agencies. Many fin employment in health-care setting, including hospitals public health departments, and environmental protection agencies. Still more options exist with public utilities, educational settings, natural resource departments, consulting firms and cruise ships.


Special Features

Industrial Hygiene is 1 of only 5 accredited undergraduate programs in the nation. 

Our Faculty

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College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.