MSc OEH Program Requirements

The Masters of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH) is offered through the School of Population and Public Health, which falls under the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

There are two program options; the Thesis Option and the Project Option.

A quick overview of the program:

  • All MSc OEH students are required to complete 42 credits
  • Course credits consist of core course, electives, and a thesis or project
  • Completion of a summer co-op placement (project option only)
  • Comprehensive exam (project option only)
  • Thesis defence (thesis option only)
  • Attend weekly OEH seminars
  • Completion of three short courses

The Project Option is usually completed within 16-20months, and the Thesis option can take slightly longer to complete.

Program Options

The MSc OEH program offers two options for students to choose from; the Project Option and the Thesis Option.

Depending on which program option you choose, some core course requirements differ. Check the Thesis Requirements and Project Requirements pages for more information. When deciding on which program option is best suited for you students may speak with their advisors, the Program Director or any OEH Faculty. The decision does not need to be predetermined upon entry to the MSc program – students are given until December to declare which option they wish to take. Below is a quick guide to both options:

Thesis Option Project Option
21 credits of Core courses (including 12 credits for thesis) 15 credits of Core courses (including 6 credits for project)
9 credits of recommended elective courses 18 credits of recommended elective courses
12 credits of elective courses 9 credits of elective courses
OEH Seminars OEH Seminars
3 Short Courses 3 Short Courses
Oral Exam (thesis defense) Comprehensive Exam


All MSc OEH students are required to complete 42 credits to be eligible for graduation. These credits are made up of core course, electives, and a thesis or project. Check the Thesis Requirements and Project Requirements pages for a list of the suggested courses.

Short Courses

All MSc OEH students are required to complete three short courses for the program, and one must be a laboratory chemical safety course. Please read through the Short Courses section for more information.

UBC has a a number of administrative units that offer non-credit short courses to faculty, staff and students:

Many of these courses have content of practical value to program students. In addition, the methods of teaching these courses offer an example of adult education that may be of value in the future careers of program graduates.

Some Examples of Approved courses:

Other courses and activities that qualify include:

  • CTLT Graduate Student and TA courses
  • FoGS Leadership Workshops and Project Management workshops
  • sitting on the building Health and Safety Committee for one academic year (this entails attending all monthly meetings and performing duties for the committee)

If you are interested in taking a course that is not listed above, check with your faculty advisor to ensure that it qualifies as one of your requirements. Equivalent courses offered by other institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note that courses taken prior to the student beginning the program (with the exception of courses completed in the August prior) will NOT normally be accepted.


All OEH students are required to attend the Occupational and Environmental Health Seminars in all terms


All Project students must complete a Comprehensive Examination to be eligible for graduation.

All Thesis students must complete an Oral Examination (Thesis Defense) to be eligible for graduation.