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Important Catalog Information

Due to the planned consolidation during the summer of 2020, of the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, into a single university with a fully aligned and integrated curriculum and a single set of academic policies and procedures, any undergraduate or graduate student who matriculates at one of the three USF institutions on or after May 18, 2020, will adhere to the curricula, policies, and procedures described in the 2020-21 USF undergraduate or graduate catalog, respectively.

Concentration: Occupational Exposure Science (Code: OES)
Delivery: Traditional

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. This OES concentration in the MSPH degree practices a Continuous Improvement Program in accordance with our NIOSH Sunshine ERC Grant requirements, the College CEPH accreditation, and the University SACS accreditation.

Master's Progression Policy

Review the progression policy for the MPH, MHA and MSPH.

Program of Study

If you have questions on your program, please contact your Academic Advisor.

If you are a current student, you may access your Degree Works planner (you may also access Degree Works from or OASIS. You may view your current progress in Archivum at (See Archivum instructions.) 

If you are not a current student, or want to view program requirements from a different catalog year please use these sources: 

There may be circumstances in which a student may need to change their catalog year. This must be initiated through a discussion with your academic advisor. Details regarding USF policy on changing catalog year can be found at  


Current Competencies (beginning fall 2019)

MSPH Competencies 
MPH Competencies 
Occupational Exposure Science Competencies 

The MSPH in Occupational Exposure Science is a professional degree thus includes the same core degree competencies as our MPH.

Graduate Advising

Please refer to the full list of graduate advisors available on the MSPH Graduate Advising page. 

Please send feedback on the MSPH Guidebook

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