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IH professors Gurumurthy Ramachandran and Pete Raynor and IH graduate student Jooyeon Hwang conduct a walk-through survey of particle levels and engineering controls at a taconite processing facility in Eveleth, MN.


Introduction to the Industrial Hygiene Program

Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD, CIH, Program Director

The Industrial Hygiene (IH) program is concerned with the health and safety of people at work, and the community at large. Specific concerns are with the recognition, evaluation and control of potential workplace hazards, including chemical, physical and biological agents; and the potential health threats to the community and the environment.

The degree options for this program are a Master of Public Health (MPH), a Master of Science (MS), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health. Learn more about the degrees.


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The Industrial Hygiene Master's (MPH and MS) programs are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.


Industrial Hygiene News

Professor Gurumurthy Ramachandran Named AIHA Fellow
Professor Gurumurthy RamachandranMay 16, 2014 - Professor Gurumurthy Ramachandran has been named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in recognition of his contributions to the organization and the field of industrial hygiene.

The award letter from AIHA to Ramachandran stated “the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the AIHA Awards Committee, and the AIHA Board of Directors all agree that you are deserving of this high recognition.”

Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the Fellow Award. It’s given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.

Ramachandran will be honored at the AIHce General Session in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2014. He will also be recognized during the AIHA Fellow Special Interest Group at AIHce.

Read the AIHA’s press release


PhD Student, Susan Arnold, Named AIHA Fellow
Susan Arnold
May 16, 2014 - Susan Arnold, an industrial hygiene doctoral student, has been named a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the prestigious Fellow Award. It is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.

Susan will be honored at the AIHce General Session in San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2014. She will also be recognized during the AIHA Fellow Special Interest Group at AIHce.

Read the AIHA’s press release


MCOHS IH Students Receive AIHF Scholarships
May 14, 2014 - The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) has awarded scholarships to three students in the Industrial Hygiene program. The recipients are:

  • Nicole Gryska, AIHF Scholarship
  • Jennifer Sahmel, TSI/Arthur J. Abrams Memorial Scholarship
  • Yuan Shao, Gary and Bonnie Olmstead Scholarship

AIHF grants scholarships to students based on excellence in their academic record, extracurricular activities, future goals and potential for leadership in the profession. The awards will be conferred at the 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in San Antonio, during the General Session on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

To learn more about the scholarships, read the news release.


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