Project & Thesis Options

The MSc OEH program is unique in being able to offer students two program options; the Project option and the Thesis Option. Students are accepted into the program, not the option, therefor we allow for students to take time to decide which is the more suitable option to take.

Students are advised to talk to their faculty advisors or the Program Director prior to making their decision, which is finalized in December of Term 1. All students are required to fill out the Thesis & Project Preparation Form, to help guide them, and us, to help student make the most informed decision.

 Project Option

The Program offers professional (Project) and research-oriented (Thesis) options leading to the degree of Master of Science. Because of the varied backgrounds of students, both options are course-intensive.

People who choose the project option are often more focused on a professional career and certification in the field. This option is usually completed more quickly and includes a paid co-op placement.  As far as future prospects go, thesis and project students are equally competitive in the job market and in further education (e.g., MD, PhD programs).

The MSc Project (SPPH 598), or Co-op,  is a one-time paid co-op work experience opportunity, typically from the beginning of May to the middle of August between students’ first and second academic years of study. Under the supervision of one or more worksite supervisors and a School faculty advisor, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge, develop professional competence and gain experience working as part of a team in a real-life setting.

Benefits to employers include dedicated graduate student investigation of problems or concerns identified in the workplace; collaboration with the School with the support of faculty; and the experimental and analytical capabilities of our fully-equipped teaching laboratory.

At the completion of the worksite placement, students must prepare a comprehensive technical report that is submitted to the employer and the School, and graded by faculty. Students also give an oral and poster presentation at a special School seminar.

Each year, two students ranked highest in this course are selected to present their work to the local chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and all students are encouraged to submit abstracts to the student sessions of the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition (AIHcE).

The courses required are outlined below. Here is a schematic of the relationship between many of the courses.

Additional requirements

Supervision

Thesis Option

The Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program offers professional (Project) and research-oriented (Thesis) options leading to the degree of Master of Science. Because of the varied backgrounds of students, both options are course-intensive.

People who choose the thesis option are often more interested in research and a more self-directed program of study. The thesis option allows you to look at a topic in more detail than you could otherwise, so it usually takes more time to complete. The thesis is usually applied – meaning that it will probably involve observational research in field sites in the community or in work places.

As far as future prospects go, thesis and project students are equally competitive in the job market and in further education (e.g., MD, PhD programs).

The courses required are outlined below. Here is a schematic of the relationship between many of the courses.

Additional requirements

Supervision