Program Overview

The University of Tulane offers an Industrial Hygiene Graduate Certificate distance learning program for students interested in satisfying the American Board of Industrial Hygiene’s requirements for Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH).  The purpose of enrolling is to ensure the student’s successful passage of the CIH exam which is a sign of professionalism in the field of industrial hygiene.

Admission to the program falls under the category of a non-degree seeking student within the School of Public Health.  The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 60 credit hours from either undergraduate or graduate level courses in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology (with at least 15 hours at the upper level).  An official undergraduate transcript must also show a GPA of at least 3.0.  It is also strongly recommended that you possess more than adequate computer skills. 

Students will become competent in basic scientific and engineering principles for the purpose of recognizing potential hazards in the workplace.  Analytic chemistry is also taught as a way to help correctly interpret the stressors of occupational health.  The interpretation of toxicology literature, management of appropriate protective equipment, and critical thinking techniques for the implementation of effective industrial hygiene programs are main areas of focus.

To successfully obtain this certificate 12 hours of graduate coursework must be completed with two required courses and two elective courses filling out the curriculum.  Be aware that a C average in every class is also an expectation.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    The applicant must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a bachelors degree which includes a minimum of 60 semester hours or the equivalent in undergraduate or graduate level courses in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology, with at least 15 of those at the upper (junior, senior, graduate) level.

    School Overview

    Tulane University is a private research institution of higher learning located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana, it became the 15th medical school in the U.S. In 1847, thirteen years later, the state of Louisiana officially established the medical school as the University of Louisiana. The school began as a public institution, but due to hard times following the Civil War, the university received a large donation of real estate from Paul Tulane and subsequently became a private university. Tulane University is the only university in the United States to have gone from a state public university to a private institution.

    Tulane University offers a variety of degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to certificate programs from the following schools:

    • Newcomb-Tulane College
    • School of Architecture
    • A.B. Freeman School of Business
    • School of Continuing Studies
    • School of Liberal Arts
    • School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
    • School of Science & Engineering
    • School of Law
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Social Work

    Online programs awarding degrees at all levels are offered through the School of Continuing Studies, which focuses its programs on courses and degrees that are directly relevant to students' career aspirations.


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