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Degree Requirements

Below are the degree requirements for both the full-time and part-time MS OEH program options (unless otherwise specified).

Students must maintain minimum academic standards (see below). They are also required to complete the following:

  • Academic Ethics Course
  • MS OEH Core Curriculum
    • Full-time curriculum
    • Part-time/Online curriculum
  • Internship, culminating project, master's essay and presentation

Academic Standards

Students must meet minimum academic standards to remain in the MS OEH Program. Failure to meet any of the criteria below is grounds for dismissal from the program.

For satisfactory academic progress, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum of 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Retake a required course in which they receive a grade of "D" or "F."

If a student receives a grade of "D" or "F" twice in the same required course, they may not repeat the course a third time. If the course is a required core course with no other options, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Internship, Culminating Project, Master's Essay and Presentation

The student is expected to assume independent responsibility for a project, the content of which should be based on an occupational or environmental health problem that is pertinent to the educational goals of the student and approved by the adviser.

  • Full-time students will complete a three-month internship
  • Part-time/Internet-based students will perform an Independent Professional Project (IPP) at their place of employment

Examples of Recent Projects and Essay Titles

  • Effectiveness of Hearing Protection Device Fit Testing to Improve In-Ear Attenuation for Large Aircraft Test & Evaluation Workers
  • Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Exposure Assessment of Asphalt Plants and Quarries in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US
  • Chemical Exposure Assessment of Cooling Tower Aerosols
  • An Environmental Assessment of Thermal Stress at Hot Processes in a Petrochemical Refinery
  • Preliminary Hazard Assessment of a Pilot In-Vessel Composting Operation at Smithsonian Institution
  • Occupational Exposure Assessment for Beryllium and Other Metals at an Oil Refinery
  • Airborne and Dermal Lead Exposure Assessment of Military Shoot Houses in Iraq
  • An Assessment of the Concentrations of Diesel Particulate Matter Generated at a Fire Station in Central Alberta
  • Validation of Personal Gas Monitors for Industrial Hygiene Sampling Methods for Use in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Evaluation of Workplace Stretching Programs on Effectiveness in Reducing Sprain and Strain Injuries and Workers Compensation Costs
  • Analysis of Spices Collected During Lead Poisoned Child Investigations in Maryland
  • An Assessment of Noise Exposure of Welding Workers in an Oil and Gas Production Company
  • Optimization of Wastewater Treatment Process for Heavy Metal Bearing Waste Streams

Examples of Recent Internships

  • Boeing; Seattle, WA
  • Source Safety and Risk; Exton, PA
  • ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences; Clinton, NJ
  • Monroe Energy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, DC
  • Exxon; Houston, TX
  • US Army Public Health Command, Iraq
  • Department of National Defense; Alberta, CA
  • ORISE/ORAU Research Participant, CDC; Denver, CO
  • Accurate Energetic Systems, LLC
  • Maryland Department of the Environment; Baltimore, MD
  • Chevron; Perth Amboy, NJ
  • Seagate Technology; Minneapolis, MN