Throughout 1998 to 2003, Montana Tech conducted two NIOSH-supported training programs under a single grant. One was an undergraduate program leading to a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). The other was a graduate program leading to an M.S. degree in Industrial Hygiene (llI). Both programs were housed in the Safety, Health, and Industrial Hygiene Department. Six faculty members in the Department were substantially involved in teaching and research in safety, health, and industrial hygiene. The undergraduate aSH curriculum provided a comprehensive education to develop graduates with capability for serving as exceptional safety and health professionals as well as contributing to society in general. The first two years of the curriculum focused on foundation disciplines. aSH courses were concentrated in the third and fourth years. Of the 128 total hours in the curriculum, 44 were aSH courses. The graduate IH curriculum provided a full range ofIH courses, supporting electives, and a research experience. The ABET accredited curriculum required 37 credit hours; six being for thesis research. Companies recruiting aSH and IH students on campus included construction, manufacturing, government, and extractive industries. Undergraduate placement was strongest in construction and oil industries. The IH graduates took positions in consulting, manufacturing, mining, Federal OSHA, and environmental restoration. Graduates of both programs enjoyed over ninety percent placement in occupational safety and health positions. The NIOSH grant provided funds for valuable program enhancement, primarily through scholarships. Additional enhancements included library improvement, faculty development, and occasional equipment purchases. NIOSH support unquestionably enhanced program quality and recognition.
Safety, Health, and Industrial Hygiene Department, Montana Tech, Butte, MT 59701