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Certificate in Total Worker Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

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This certificate is designed for working professionals who:

  • Are seeking career advancement through an online degree program
  • Want to learn how to develop and manage Total Worker Health® (TWH) programs — workplace safety and wellness/health promotion programs — through:
    • Assessment of business culture of health and safety
    • TWH program planning and evaluation
    • Communication and consulting skills
    • Health and safety leadership skills
    • Finding your community
      • Get to know our nine TWH faculty members
      • Meet business leaders committed to TWH
      • Join the network of TWH professionals

The workplace is a major determinant of health. The Online Certificate in Total Worker Health® (TWH) offered by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at 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.

This certificate was developed and is directed by faculty from the Center for Health, Work & Environment, a Total Worker Health Center of Excellence and one of six centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


Course # Course Title Credit
EHOH 6628 Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace 3​ Fall ​
E​​HOH 6634 Spectrums of Professions Protecting & Promoting Worker Health 1* ​Fall 
EHOH 6639

Occupational Health Psychology: Improving Health and Well-Being at Work
3 Fall
​EHOH 6614 ​Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health 3 Spring 
EHOH 6636/6629 ​Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection) with Journal Clubs 2/3* Spring
​EHOH 6638 ​Communication Skills for Public Health Impact ​3 ​Spring
Total​ ​ ​15

Substitutions for the required courses may be reviewed and approved by the program director. *Students have the option to take EHOH 6634 (1 credit) and EHOH 6629 (2 credits) OR EHOH 6636 (3 credits). Students must discuss their plan with their advisor ahead of time.​


 Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Total Worker Health, students will be able to:
  • Explain why Total Worker Health is an emerging field
  • Define key terminology and frameworks for Total Worker Health
  • Identify significant workplace wellness and safety-related government agencies and organizations and discuss their perspectives, policies, and regulations on health promotion and protection
  • Apply health behavior, leadership and organizational change theories and intervention approaches in the workplace setting
  • Compare the elements of a "culture of health" to the elements of a "culture of safety" and learn how they can be integrated
  • Describe the role of advocacy and leadership in Total Worker Health
  • Recognize "best practices" by reading, critiquing, and applying research to workplace practice
  • Identify evidence-based, practical policy and programmatic strategies for organizations implementing Total Worker Health
  • Design, implement, and evaluate TWH systems and programs
  • Communicate the business cases (value proposition) for implementing Total Worker Health
  • Discuss future trends, needs, and solutions for promoting Total Worker Health​

 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
  • GRE scores are NOT required for admissions
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     Admissions Requirements

  • The SOPHAS Express application
  • One official copy of all academic transcripts sent directly to the Colorado School of Public Health Office of Student Affairs. This should inlcude all community colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Interest addressing the following: 1) How will this certificate training contribute to your career plans? 2) Please describe work or volunteer experiences, including domestic or international, that shaped your interest in pursuing the certificate program for which you are applying
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
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     Additional Notes

    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. Please refer to the Student Handbook​ for additional information.

    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

    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. 


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