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The industrial hygiene curriculum.

Authors
George-DK
Source
NIOSH 2001 Oct; :1-29
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NIOSHTIC No.
20023827
Abstract
Over the course of this project period, the Industrial Hygiene Program faculty have taken the opportunity to take a serious look at our direction and focus. We have sought input from our alumni as well as the regional industrial constituency in an effort to determine the degree to which we are meeting the occupational health needs and expectations of our region. In two independent surveys, one of alumni and one of regional occupational health professionals, it became clear that our academic program in Industrial Hygiene needed to broaden its focus and include additional material in the area of occupational safety and applied industrial environmental management. The crying need was for a practitioner who could effectively manage environmental, industrial health, and safety issues for an industrial facility. Industrial Hygiene program faculty responded by rethinking our vision and mission as well as the overall objectives of our academic program. Again with input from relevant constituencies, we developed a detailed set of Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes that are consistent with our Institutional Mission and the needs and expectations of regional industry. We are now in the process of aligning the curriculum with these objectives and outcomes and developing outcomes-based assessment tools to provide continuous feedback for improvement. Throughout this process we have reaffirmed our belief that the most effective education is a combination of strong curricular components coupled with extensive field experience and project work. Thus, we have also greatly expanded the project and "hands on" opportunities for our students throughout this project period. We have also significantly increased our equipment holdings and support facilities to insure that our students have access to modem industrial hygiene equipment and facilities. Support provided through the NIOSH Training Project Grant has made a significant difference in terms of strengthening our curriculum and expanding the collection of course offerings and professional development experiences available to our students. This grant enables our students to graduate as well rounded individuals, ready to begin their practice as occupational safety and health professionals
Keywords
Education; Training; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-hygiene-programs; Industrial-health-programs; Occupational-health-programs
Contact
Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Publication Date
20011019
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T02-CCT-410463
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101
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