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Arizona: Awarded CDC Grant to Educate Next Generation of Occupational Health Professionals

The industrial hygiene program at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the only one of its kind in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico ― making it key to meeting the strong demand for well-trained occupational health professionals in this region of the United States.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) supports professional-level occupational safety and health training to ensure a steady stream of trained professionals to serve the needs of the U.S. workplaces.

To meet this goal, NIOSH has awarded the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health an $800,000 grant for graduate student education in the industrial hygiene (IH) program. The grant will support seven students in both the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (MS) degree programs. The students will receive $12,000 in stipends to pay for housing, books and other expenses, and as much as $7,000 toward their tuition expenses in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The UA has been providing graduate-level industrial hygiene training for more than 30 years. The graduate degree programs are designed to prepare students with undergraduate degrees in engineering, chemistry and other physical and biological sciences for a professional career in the field.

The master’s programs require 42 credit hours to graduate, usually accomplished in two years. Coursework is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of sources of exposure, material toxicity, effects of physical hazards, legal and professional health standards and engineering and administrative methods for achieving safe and healthful work environments.

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