Industrial hygiene has been offered as an educational program at the University of Arizona since 1978. It was originally offered as an undergraduate program. Since 1985, graduate industrial hygiene training at the University has been designed to meet a strong demand for well-trained occupational health professionals in a region that has experienced a high growth rate coupled with an extremely limited number of occupational health and safety educational programs. In January 2000, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the transition of the Arizona Prevention Center into the College of Public Health. The College now has full academic responsibility for the MPH program, which includes an Environmental and Occupational Health Track within which industrial hygiene training is conducted. An MS Degree in Industrial Hygiene/Toxicology is also offered in conjunction with the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. Responsibility for industrial hygiene program administration and implementation resides with Clifton D. Crutchfield PhD,'who has directed the graduate IH program since its inception in 1985. Mark D. Van Ert PhD has been associate director of the graduate IH programs during the same period. A broad range of Arizona Health Science Center and College of Public Health faculty are directly involved in supporting Industrial Hygiene training. Field experience incorporating industrial hygiene principles and instrumentation is offered through both an in-plant experience involving IH survey and monitoring techniques, as well as through a summer internship that is required for the MPH and strongly recommended for the MS degree. Satisfactory completion of either a thesis (MS) or masters technical report (MPH) is also required Applicants to either Industrial Hygiene track are expected to have a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, or other related science. Minimum prerequisites for admission include one year each of biology, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics through integral calculus. Admission decisions are based on undergraduate grades, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, and each candidate's written statement of interest. ,.
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