The Certificate in Total Worker Health® offered by the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado is tailored to current public health students and new and mid-career professionals who want to expand their knowledge and practice in improving population health and well-being through work design. Creating healthy and safe work environments has become essential in addressing prevention and improving health and well-being.
The 15 credit-hour certificate will provide the skills to lead practice-based research and interventions, effect change in organizations and communities, and assume key roles in the public health and business community at local, national, and international levels. The interdisciplinary nature of the field lends itself to integrating the knowledge and training into business practices such as sustainability, risk management, healthcare, insurance, and management.
||Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace
||Social & Behavioral Factors & Health
||Spring, Summer, Online|
||Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection)
||Leadership in Public Health Practice Part II
||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.
||Intro to Environmental & Occupational Health
||Program Planning & Implementation
||Technology Based Health Promotion
||Environmental & Occupational Health Interdisciplinary Symposium
*Prerequisites are required for EHOH 6620 and CBHS 6613. Prior experience or other relevent course preparation may be considered in lieu of prerequisite work at the discretion of the course director.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Total Worker Health, you will be able to:
- Learn why Total Worker Health is an emerging field in public health, business, and environmental and occupational health
- Identify health and safety risks and conduct workplace assessments
- Understand the relationship of personal, organizational and occupational health risk factors
- Develop appropriate interventions, prevention and risk reduction programs, policies and services
- Define and compare the elements of a “culture of health and safety” in diverse workplaces
- Apply health behavior, leadership and organizational change theories and intervention approaches in the workplace setting
- Identify evidence-based, practical policy and programmatic strategies for organizations implementing Total Worker Health
- Consult with employer / employee / community on appropriate approaches and best practices for risk reduction and promoting health and safety
- Discuss future trends, needs and solutions for promoting health and safety in workplaces
- Identify key stakeholders to plan, implement, and evaluate programs, policies and interventions
- Evaluate the outcomes of integrated health protection / health promotion in the workplace
- Communicate the outcomes, effectiveness and sustainability of Total Worker Health to key stakeholders
- Plan, implement and evaluate Total Worker Health interventions, programs, policies in the workplace to affect comprehensive work, social, and community well-being
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, they 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. Students who complete the Certificate in Total Worker Health and later apply to the MPH program are eligible to submit their Certificate transcript in lieu of GRE scores.
A maximum of 21 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 an MPH student completes the certificate concurrently, no more than 9 credits can count toward both programs.