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MSc (on campus)

A three-term program (one year) leading to the degree of Master of Science (Applied) in Occupational Health Sciences.


Please see www.mcgill.ca/occh/programs/applying for information on admissions and the application process.

Career paths

Most hygiene-oriented students have on graduation taken jobs in industry or government or as independent occupational hygienists (occupational hygienists supervise and conduct evaluations of health hazards in work environments and advise on control measures). The health-oriented students have generally taken up positions as occupational health specialists for diverse organizations or have worked independently or in specialized consultant groups.

Course requirements

The MSc program consists of eight 3-credit courses, one 6-credit course, and an extended project report worth 15 credits. The total number of credits to complete the MSc program is 45.

The passing grade for each course is 65% (B-). Students who fail one course are entitled to either a retake examination or a repeat of the course. A second failure entails withdrawal from the program.

Courses offered during the Fall term

OCCH-602-001 Occupational Health Practice

OCCH-605D1-001 Physical Health Hazards (continues in Winter)

OCCH-612-001 Principles of Toxicology

OCCH-616-001 Occupational Hygiene

EPIB-507-001 Biostatistics for Health Professionals (also offered in Summer)

Courses offered during the Winter term

OCCH-604-001 Monitoring Occupational Environment

OCCH-605D1-001 Physical Health Hazards (continued in from Fall)

OCCH-608-001 Biological Hazards

OCCH-615-001 Occupational Safety Practice

OCCH-625-001 Work Environment Epidemiology II

For details on each course, see "Course descriptions" in the side menu.

Project in Occupational Health and Safety

After successfully passing the integrative examination, students must carry out an extended project. In mid-Winter, an orientation meeting is held by the Chair of the Project Committee to give instruction to the students as to the selection of the project, the conduct of the research and the writing of the report.

For additional information on the project, see OCCH 699 [.pdf].

Project Evaluation

The project is a 15 credit activity. Technically, it can be conducted during the summer semester. However, experience had shown that most students submit their project for evaluation during the Fall semester.


Graduation is granted when the student has satisfied all the course requirements of the program, has passed the integrative examination, and his project has been judged satisfactory by the student Supervisor, the Project Examiners, and the Project Committee.