The Certificate in Total Worker Health® offered by the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado Denver is tailored to serve both current public health students and new and mid-career professionals.
What is Total Worker Health? Total Worker Health (TWH) is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. This certificate is for professionals wanting to expand their knowledge and practice in improving population health and well-being through work-based interventions applying a TWH approach. Building healthy and safe work environments has become essential in addressing prevention and improving health and well-being.
This certificate will prepare professionals with skills to assess of workplaces and worker risks and needs; to design, develop and apply best practices, approaches and interventions; and to collaborate with key stakeholder groups including conducting consulting and field-based interdisciplinary course projects. Key areas covered in the program include practices in leadership, health promotion, safety, organizational culture change, occupational health psychology, built environment, and communication.
Completing the 15 credit-hour certificate will possess the skills to lead practice-based research and interventions, effect change in organizations and communities, and assume key leadership roles in the public health and business communities.
Students enroll in 11 required credit hours. Substitutions for the required courses may be reviewed and approved by the program director.
||Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace
||Occupational Health Psychology: Improving Health & Well-Being at Work
|Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection) without Journal Clubs
Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection) with Journal Clubs
||Communication Skills for Public Health Impact
||Spectrums of Professions Protecting & Promoting Worker Health
||See list below
Students enroll in a minimum of 4 credit hours of approved electives. Substitutions for the elective courses may be reviewed and approved by the program director.
||Risk Assessment & Decision Making
||Intro to Environmental & Occupational Health
||Fall, Spring, Summer (Online)|
||Program Planning & Implementation
||Built Environment & Public Health
||Program Planning & Evaluation
||Occupational & Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Symposium
||Fall, Spring, Summer|
*Prerequisites for EHOH 6620: EHOH 6614 and for CBHS 6613: CBHS 6611 and CBHS 6612. Prior experience or other relevant course preparation may be considered in lieu of prerequisite, only at the discretion of the course director.
** CBHS offered in even years only.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Total Worker Health, students will be able to:
- Define key terminology and frameworks for Total Worker Health including health protection, health promotion, worksite wellness, safety and emergency preparedness and health risk management
- Compare the elements of a “culture of health” to the elements of a “culture of safety” and how they can be integrated
- Explain why Total Worker Health is an emerging field
- Identify significant workplace wellness related government agencies and organizations and discuss their perspectives and policies on health promotion
- Apply health behavior, leadership and organizational change theories and intervention approaches in the workplace setting
- Communicate the business case (value proposition) for implementing Total Worker Health
- Describe the role of advocacy and leadership
- Identify evidence-based, practical policy and programmatic strategies for organizations implementing Total Worker Health
- Discuss how ACA rules apply to worksite wellness in business vs. individuals
- Discuss future trends, needs and solutions for promoting health and safety in workplaces
Prerequisites for Admissions:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0. If the GPA is below a 3.0, applicant should include an explanation of why it fell below a 3.0 and how the applicant plans to address any prior academic deficiencies as a graduate student.
- The SOPHAS Express application
- One official copy of all academic transcripts, sent directly to the Colorado School of Public Health Office of Student Affairs (address below). This should include all community colleges and universities attended.
- Statement of Interest addressing the following two questions: 1) How will this certificate training contribute to your career plans? 2) Please describe work or volunteer experiences, including domestic or international experiences that shaped your interest in pursuing the certificate program for which you are applying?
- One letter of recommendation
- Resume or CV
- Admissions application Deadlines: February 15 (summer start); October 15 (spring start)
Certificate Program Directors:
Lee Newman, MD, MA, Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Department of Epidemiology
Natalie Schwatka, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health
Certificate students may complete the Certificate in Total Worker Health prior to or concurrently with the Master of Public Health. If a certificate student intends to pursue the MPH after successful completion of the certificate program, s/he will need to formally apply to the MPH program and complete all of the admission requirements of the MPH program.
Certificate students are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program
A maximum of 20 Certificate credits may transfer into the MPH program. Of this 20, no more than 8 credits may be from coursework taken as a non-degree student prior to program matriculation. Students should consult the MPH handbook for additional information.
If a MPH student completes the certificate concurrently, no more than 9 credits can count toward both program.
At CSPH we know our students’ passion in improving communities through health research, education, and service, but we also understand that there are students who work while studying. Most students complete the Certificate in Total Worker Health on a part-time basis in one year.