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 still experiences high growth rate coupled with an extremely limited number of occupational health and safety educational programs. Over the years, the home of the industrial hygiene program has included the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) within the College of Medicine and the Arizona Prevention Center (APC), also within the College of Medicine. In January 2000, the Arizona Board of Regents approved what is now known as the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), where the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in industrial hygiene is administered today. Industrial hygiene graduate students are enrolled in the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) concentration area within the MPH program. From the period covered by this grant (7/1/00 - 6130/06), EOH-MPH students had no option of study other than an industrial hygiene focus area, requiring coursework to include monitoring methods, ventilation, physical exposures, exposure assessment techniques, and occupational and environmental health. Because of needs addressed by professionals in Arizona and diversified student interests, the curriculum requirements will be changing in Fall 2006, but industrial hygiene courses and techniques remain at the core of the updated program. During this period, there were significant changes to the faculty, as Drs Mark Van Ert and Cliff Crutchfield retired in 2003 and 2004. Due to hiring freezes at The University and delayed timelines in filling these positions, student recruiting effort were reduced as the remaining faculty arranged for coverage of teaching and advising responsibilities. In July 2005, Dr. Renée Anthony joined the faculty, with years of industrial experience and both industrial hygiene and safety certification (i.e., CIH and CSP). In July 2006, Dr. Kelly Reynolds was hired to the EOH faculty; although not an industrial hygienist, her research expertise in water disinfection combined with risk assessment skills hope to address gaps in the environmental aspects to the changing program. One other search for an assistant professor is underway, and ability to contribute to the industrial hygiene teaching responsibilities features dominantly in the selection criteria. Also during this period, a new home to the College was completed. Drachman hall, a new teaching and faculty, staff, and administration office building was completed in January of 2006. While laboratory space is still located at the Health Science Professionals building, this new space has state-of-the-art teaching facilities and allows for interdisciplinary interactions between EOH and epidemiology, biostatistics, and other MPH students. Finally, 22 students have earned their MPH. The diversity of employment decisions for these graduates includes the traditional industry and consulting hygiene jobs, but also includes medical residency, doctoral studies in toxicology and pharmacy, and research positions. The program currently has 4 continuing students that are at part-time status, 2 students returning in the fall to complete their technical report, and 4 newly admitted industrial hygiene students attending their first courses in Fall 2006 (3 full-time, 1 part-time).
Graduate Industrial Hygiene Training Project, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85724