Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc)


Offered by the Occupational and Environmental Health Division in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), this Master of Science program leads to professional or research careers that make a difference to community and work environments and to people's health.

The "occupational and environmental hygiene" field refers to recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological hazards in workplaces and the community. The MSc OEH program teaches the sciences of exposure measurement, exposure control, and assessment of health effects of occupational and environmental exposures.

Students come to the program from diverse undergraduate backgrounds, including biology, chemistry, engineering, geography, kinesiology, laboratory science, microbiology, nursing, medicine, physics, psychology, and resource management. This diversity provides a stimulating and creative learning environment as each student brings their specialized knowledge to bear on problem solving.

Quick Facts

Master of Science
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty of Medicine
School of Population and Public Health


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


GRE required?

GRE or comparable test (check program website)

Career Options

Graduates of this program often become certified professionals after writing the exams offered by either the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists or the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.62$3,978.25
Tuition per year$4,897.86$11,934.75
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations81211913
Total enrolment2930272928

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 94.44% based on 36 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 37 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.33 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 1.98 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Anis, Aslam (cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies)
  • Bansback, Nick (inform policies and practices in health through the application of)
  • Bartlett, Karen Hastings (Indoor air quality, bioaerosol exposures in work and community environments, particularly in rural or agricultural settings)
  • Black, Charlyn (Health services research, Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care, Health information systems, Research and policy, Knowledge translation, Population health)
  • Brauer, Michael (air pollution, environmental health, built environment, environmental epidemiology)
  • Brussoni, Mariana (injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking )
  • Bryan, Stirling (Economics of health care, policy, from UK)
  • Burgess, Michael (Philosophy and social sciences, ethics and social policy in the areas of genomics, genetics and biotechnology (health, agriculture and environment))
  • Buxton, Jane (Epidemiology, harm reduction)
  • Cox, Susan (narratives of health and illness, grief, loss, death and dying, research ethics/ethics in research, arts and health education, arts and healing, arts-based approaches to research)
  • Davies, Hugh William (Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease)
  • Dummer, Trevor (health geography, cancer prevention, environmental exposures, health inequalities, geographic information science, obesity, risk factors, Environmental epidemiology and environment and health interactions, with specific emphasis on cancer etiology and cancer prevention)
  • Elango, Rajavel (Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition )
  • Frank, Erica (Free accredited education)
  • Frank, Lawrence (health and environmental impacts of transportation and urban planning (land use) decisions. transportation, transit, public health, sustainability, sprawl, neighbourhood walkability, physical activity, urban planning, Sustainable transportation)
  • Frankish, Charles James (Health Inequities, Community Partnership Research, Health Literacy, Homelessness & Health, Health Indicators, Citizen Participation in Health-System Reform, Community-Service-Learning)
  • Gardy, Jennifer (Tuberculosis, Outbreaks)
  • Gotay, Carolyn (Cancer prevention, behaviour change, chronic disease risk reduction)
  • Guhn, Martin (wellbeing of children and youth; social determinants of developmental health; social and cultural community and neighborhood effects on child development; music and emotion )
  • Ho, Anita (Human right issues, cross-cultural ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, minority care experience, decision-making models, and various concepts of autonomy)
  • Janssen, Patricia (maternal child health, health of marginalized women , mobile health for pregnancy and parenting)
  • Joseph, K.S. (Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal)
  • Kassam, Rosemin (global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals)
  • Kazanjian, Arminee (Cancer Survivorship, Knowledge Exchange and, Translation, Psychosocial oncology, Palliative care in cross-cultural context, Vulnerable populations, including women)
  • Kershaw, Paul (child care, parental leave, work-life balance, social policy, social citizenship, responsibilities and rights, gender and politics, income assistance, child benefit package, social inclusion, neighbourhood effects on child development, Canadian federalism, Citizenship, detrimants of Health, social care)


Further Program Information


September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019

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