Interdisciplinary Engineering - 5-Year Bachelor of Science /Master of Public Health in Occupational Safety and Health

The College of Engineering and School of Public Health offer a combination degree program leading to the BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering (ITDE) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Occupational Safety and Health degrees. This program is structured to allow students to complete it in five academic years, reducing the typical time to completion for sequential degrees by one year.

This combined degree program will educate students in biomedical technology and public health aspects of occupational environments. It utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to integrate relevant aspects of human health monitoring, ergonomics and workplace design, and public education and intervention for the purpose of creating healthier and safer working environments. This program has developed from university interdisciplinary research initiatives that are addressing the grand challenge of overcoming the human and economic burden of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions in underserved communities.

Students who enroll in the combined program complete their first three academic years in the College of Engineering.  Upon the conclusion of the spring semester of the third year, students begin concurrent coursework in the School of Public Health and College of Engineering for the fourth and fifth academic years. Students must complete all curriculum requirements and all additional graduation requirements published in the applicable undergraduate and graduate catalogs for the BS-ITDE degree and the MPH degree.

Students interested in this combined program are strongly advised to meet with an academic advisor in the BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering program as early as possible to understand issues related to admission to both the BS and MPH programs, course scheduling, minimum academic performance standards, and others. Admission to the BS degree program does not guarantee admission to the MPH portion, and students must apply to the School of Public Health in the third academic year in order to begin public health studies in the fourth academic year.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, environmental engineering, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, interdisciplinary engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering (Note: not all programs listed are offered in Qatar). The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering degrees in that students take CHEM 119 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 120.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,4 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition 1
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4  
 
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
 Total Semester Credit Hours31-32
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
COMM 205
Communication for Technical Professions
or Technical and Business Writing
3
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 2
ITDE 201 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Engineering 1 1
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 1 3
Technical electives 1, 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 6
Technical electives 1, 6 9
 Semester Credit Hours18
Summer
ITDE 399 High Impact Experience for Interdisciplinary Engineers 0
 Semester Credit Hours0
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Linear Algebra 1  
Topics in Applied Mathematics I 1  
Linear Algebra 1  
Advanced Engineering Mathematics 1  
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Technical electives 1, 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
Technical electives 1, 6 12
Math/Science elective 1, 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ENGR 401 Interdisciplinary Design 1 3
SOPH 601 Thinking in Populations: The Public Health Mindset 2
SOPH 602 Investigation and Control: Acute Public Health Events 3
SOPH 603 Assessment and Intervention: Wicked Problems in Public Health 3
PHEO 618 Occupational Safety 9 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
ENGR 402 Interdisciplinary Design II 1 3
SOPH 604 Framing and Persuasion: Public Health in the Public Sphere 1
PHEO 640 Industrial Hygiene 9 3
Technical electives 1, 6 10
 Semester Credit Hours17
Summer
PHEO 684 Practicum 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Fifth Year
Fall
PHEO 630 Environmental/Occupational Diseases 3
PHEO 678 Occupational Biomechanics 9 3
PHEO 682 Industrial and System Safety 3
PHEO Electives 8 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHEO 645 Health and Safety at Hazardous Waste Sites 3
PHEO 655 Human Factors 3
PHEO 679 Ergonomics of the Upper Extremities 9 3
SOPH 680 Public Health Capstone 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours130

The combined program includes a total of 161 semester credit hours, which includes 12 semester credit hours applied both to the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Master of Public Health in Occupational Safety and Health.

Total Semester Credit Hours for Combination Program       161