College of Public Health Guidebooks
Concentration: Occupational Exposure Science (Code: OES)
According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the field of Occupational Exposure Science (also known as Industrial Hygiene) is devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control and prevention of environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being or significant discomfort among workers or citizens of the community.
If you pursue a career in Occupational Exposure Science (OES), you will be called upon to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control hazards – chemical, physical, biological or psychological. For example, you may need to assess the exposures of workers to any of the 80,000+ chemical in use, you might have to manage the after-effects of a fire at a manufacturing plant, you could be hired to consult with a company on how to control noise levels, or you may be involved in the prevention and management of mold in the a school, hospital, or workplace.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. The College is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. The MSPH in Occupational Exposure Science is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
This OES MSPH degree is accredited by ABET until September 30, 2020. After that date we will conduct our Continuous Improvement Program in accordance with our NIOSH Sunshine ERC Grant requirements, the College CEPH accreditation, and the University SACS accreditation.
Program of Study
The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at www.grad.usf.edu/catalog.php. Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.
Student’s Program Degree Requirements
In order to graduate, students must meet all requirements specified in the USF Catalog of their choice, except as noted below. As the University is dynamic, changes and updates to the catalog are anticipated. In contract to major requirements, which are tied to a specific catalog, all students must comply with University policies and procedures that come into effect each catalog year.
- Students cannot choose a USF Catalog published prior to admission (or readmission) or during an academic year in which they did not complete at least two terms. If a student is dropped from the system and must be reinstated, the student’s choice of Catalog is limited to the USF Catalog in effect at the time of readmission or any one Catalog published during their continuous re-enrollment.
- If state law or certification requirements change, the student must comply with the most current standard or criteria.
- If the College or Department makes fundamental changes to the program that necessitates changes in the degree requirements of enrolled students, the needs of those students will be explicitly addressed in the proposal for change and scrutinized by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- USF policies and procedures not related to degree requirements such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct code and other procedural processes and definitions may be updated each year and the student will be held to the most current catalog and procedures available.
- USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this Catalog. If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the Catalog of choice as a result of decisions and changes made by the University, appropriate substitutions will be determined by the program to ensure that the student is not penalized.
Current Competencies (beginning fall 2019)
The MSPH in Occupational Exposure Science is a professional degree thus includes the same core degree competencies as our MPH.
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