Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Industrial Hygiene (GIH)
Current as of: 09/18/2018

Degree Type: MS

Program Description
?The Graduate School of Engineering & Management, Department of Systems Engineering & Management offers the Master of Science degree with a major in Industrial Hygiene (GIH). The GIH Program was designed to provide DOD career professionals with relevant graduate education in the principles of industrial hygiene.
This program was developed considering guidelines established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and subject areas from the Certified Industrial Hygienist exam from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. The Master's degree of this program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students will receive the degree Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene, upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.
In addition, the GIH program was developed in coordination with the Environmental Engineering and Science (GES) degree program. Both programs were motivated by a request from the AF Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) career field, The GES program was offered for the first time in the Fall of 2003, while the GIH program began later in the Fall of 2006. The curriculum includes department core course offerings in statistics, risk analysis, and sustainable design. The program curriculum includes course offerings in industrial hygiene anticipation/recognition/evaluation/control, radiation protection, epidemiology, physiology, and toxicology.
Program Educational Objectives
1.      Our graduates have achieved positions of leadership as occupational/environmental health consultants, instructors, or similar positions of responsibility.
2.      Our graduates have applied their education to address difficult technical problems for the Air Force, sister service, civilian, or foreign industrial and community environments.
3.      Our graduates have attained voluntary professional board certification as Certified Industrial Hygienists.
Student Outcomes:  Upon graduation,
1.      The student shall be able to anticipate and recognize agents, factors, and stressors.
2.      The student shall be able to evaluate agents, factors, and stressors for hazard potential.
3.      The student shall be able to control hazards presented by agents, factors, and stressors.
Admission Criteria:
The general requirements for admission to the GIH program are as follows:
  • Degree: Admitted students must hold an earned baccalaureate that prepares them to apply the basic principles of college-level mathematics, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, and biology. Examples include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited program in engineering or science related to environmental science, such s physics, biology, chemistry, or industrial hygiene.
  • GRE: Verbal: > =153 (500 if taken prior to August 2012) Quantitative: > =148 (600 if taken prior to 1 August 2012)
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA  > =  2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) overall
  • Deficiencies in the above areas may be waived or corrected through additional coursework on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Systems and Engineering Management.
Enrollment and graduation data for ABET-accredited Industrial Hygiene master's degree program are located on AFIT's Institutional Data webpage.

  For full details  regarding the GIH program, refer to Chapter 6 of the Department  " Blue Book."    

Curriculum Description:
The in-residence GIH program is conducted in six academic quarters and a short term (18 total months, beginning in September) for full time students. The short fall program provides an orientation to the school and curriculum, an overview of the GES and GIH programs, a review of basic mathematics and chemistry, and a refresher on written communications skills.

The 48-quarter hour (QH) degree requirements for the Industrial Hygiene degree will include specified department and Industrial Hygiene program core classes. A 12 QH thesis with oral defense will also be required. The thesis can be basic or applied research, addressing a real-world problem in environment, safety, and occupational health (ESOH). Primary purposes of the thesis are to demonstrate the student's ability to integrate concepts and techniques acquired through course work and to demonstrate scholarly pursuit of focused research questions, all of which leads to enhanced capability of the graduate to pursue technical problems creatively and effectively across a broad spectrum of areas. Electives are offered in addition to degree requirements, in order to broaden the student's horizons or provide more in-depth knowledge in a specific area of research that the student may be pursuing. In addition to degree requirements, all DOD-sponsored full-time students must complete an average of 12 credit hours per quarter.

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