The workplace is a major determinant of health. All workers have a right to a workplace that is not only safe, but that can help them achieve health and well-being. 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 who share this vision.
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.
This certificate is for professionals wanting to expand their knowledge, skills, and practice in promoting workplace health, safety, and well-being through work-based interventions applying a TWH approach. This exciting, emerging field has revolutionized how employers and employees approach health, safety, and well-being.
This certificate will prepare professionals with skills to assess workplaces and worker risks and needs; serve as consultants; to design, develop, and apply best practices, approaches, and interventions; and to collaborate with key stakeholder groups.
By completing the 15 credit-hour online certificate, professionals will possess the skills to apply research to practice, to design, implement, and lead science-based workplace interventions, and assume key leadership roles in the public health, occupational safety and health, and business communities.
||Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace
||Spectrums of Professions Protecting & Promoting Worker Health
||Occupational Health Psychology: Improving Health and Well-Being at Work
||Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health
||Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection) with Journal Clubs
||Communication Skills for Public Health Impact
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.1
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.
- 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 21, no more than 9 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.