SCERC Interdisciplinary plant visit in May 2013 to California Dairies in Artesia, California.

ERC Director: Niklas Krause, MD MPH PhD
Professor, Environmental Health Science
UCLA School of Public Health

ERC Deputy Director: Dean B. Baker, MD, MPH UC Irvine School of Medicine

ERC Administrator: vacant

Industrial Hygiene Program Director: Shane Que Hee, PhD
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health

Industrial hygienists are environmental specialists concerned with evaluation and control of exposure to potentially dangerous chemical, physical, biological, and mechanical agents, psychosocial stressors, and ergonomic effects in the workplace environment. They provide insight into these problems based on their knowledge of the adverse health effects of exposure to the agents involved and the physics and chemistry of the environment. These specialists work as part of interdisciplinary teams with epidemiologists, physicians, nurses and toxicologists.

The primary academic objective of the UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program (IHP) is the training of professional and research industrial hygienists at the Masters and Doctoral levels. The MS and MPH programs are two-year programs. They are located within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. The program is geared to produce scientifically sophisticated graduates capable of performing at an advanced professional level and moving into leadership positions. The Ph.D. program provides advanced training in a research area of industrial hygiene. The Dr. P.H. facilitates advanced management and policy training or advanced field work. Training includes classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, field trips, internships, interdisciplinary interactions, and thesis research.

The curriculum includes courses covering the properties, measurement, health effects, exposure prevention, and control technology for all types of harmful chemical, physical, and biological agents, and mechanical,
psychosocial, and ergonomic factors. Also included are courses on toxicology, biostatistics, epidemiology, industrial hygiene chemistry, occupational safety, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene standards and regulations, environmental management, and risk assessment. The MS program includes a research based thesis or report and the Ph.D. and Dr. P.H. programs include a research thesis. The MPH program includes a summer internship in industry or related area. The internship is optional for MS candidates. 

The M.S. and M.P.H. programs in Industrial Hygiene are fully accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),

List of Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program are:

1. To equip program graduates with the underlying technical and scientific knowledge required for the professional practice of industrial hygiene.

2. To equip program graduates with specialized, practical, and experiential knowledge and skills necessary for the professional practice of industrial hygiene.

3. To equip program graduates with the communication skills necessary for the professional practice of industrial hygiene.

4. To impart to program graduates an appreciation of the need to work as part of an interdisciplinary team addressing occupational health problems.

5. To instill in program graduates the understanding that the practice of industrial hygiene involves ongoing learning and self-criticism.

For the list of Program Objectives and Student Learning outcomes, click this link

Sample Curriculum for MS Program

(required courses)
BIO 100A Introduction to Biostatistics
EHS 200A Foundations of Environmental Health Sciences I
EHS M411 Environmental Health Sciences Seminar
BIO 100B Introduction to Biostatistics
EHS 200B Foundations of Environmental Health Sciences II
EPI 100 Principles of Epidemiology
EHS 240 Fundamentals of Toxicology
EHS 252D Properties & Measurement of Airborne Particles
EHS 252E Identification & Measurement of Gases & Vapors
EHS 252F Industrial Hygiene Measurements Laboratory

EHS 201 Seminar: Health Effects of Environmental Contaminants
EHS 255 Control of Airborne Contaminants in Industry
EHS 596/598 Master's Thesis Research
EHS 454 Health Hazards in Industrial Processes
EHS 410A Instrumental Methods in Environmental Sciences
EHS 253A Physical Agents
EHS 253B Physical Agents Laboratory
EHS M411 Environmental Health Sciences Seminar
EHS 259A Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

Plus 6 elective units from a list of five areas of focus: Hazardous Substances; Human Toxicology; Industrial Hygiene Chemistry; Industrial Hygiene Management/Policy; Safety.

MPH Program

The MPH Program is the same as that given for the MS Program except that

EHS 596/598 and EHS 410A are not required and the following are required:

  • EHS 400 Field Studies in Env. Health Sciences
  • CHS 100 Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • HS 100 Health Services Organization

More information about individual courses can be found at the EHS Department web site, see "links page."

NIOSH Traineeships
The UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program provides NIOSH traineeships for students intending to pursue careers in industrial hygiene. Support may be in the form of tuition, fees, and/or stipend. Eligibility for an Industrial Hygiene traineeship is determined primarily by the student's career objectives. In 2013 three IH Master's students graduated (2 MPH, 1 MS) and two enrolled (2 MPH).

To be eligible you must:
1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien (green card holder);
2) have as a career objective the field of industrial hygiene, broadly defined;
3) take (or waive out of) all the courses given in the industrial hygiene model curriculum;
4) keep the program director informed as to your type of employment for five years after graduation.

1) Stipends are limited to eligible students working less than 50% time in off-campus professional positions.
2) Tuition and fees are limited to eligible students working less than full time in off-campus professional positions.
3) Support for masters students is normally limited to a maximum of 6 quarters.
4) A first year GPA of 3.0 or better is required for second year support.


Shane Que Hee, PhD
Program Director
Industrial Hygiene Director
Telephone: 310-206-7388
Fax: 310-794-2106


The Southern California Education and Research Center gratefully acknowledges its support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).