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Certificate in Total Worker Health

​​Building healthy and safe work environments has become essential in addressing prevention and improving health and wellbeing. Working adults spend more time at their job than sleeping, eating, or leisure time. The Certificate in Total Worker Health® will prepare professionals with the public health practice skills to assess workplaces, design and develop strategies focused on evidence-based policies and practices. 
Public health professionals interested in employee wellbeing and in working with businesses, government agencies or with community groups will gain the skills through education, research and practice-based training. This certificate is also suitable for business professionals including human resource managers, business owners, safety managers, and supervisors. 
The 15 credit-hour Certificate in Total Worker Health is designed to cultivate a graduate-level, public health and occupational and environmental health perspective of workplace health promotion and protection. It focuses on the theory, research, issues, interventions, programs and best practices. The Certificate includes working with business clients and performing off-campus community-based fieldwork.

Required Courses 
Course # Course Title Credit
EHOH 6628 Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace 3 Fall
CBHS 6610 Social & Behavioral Factors & Health 3 ​Spring, ​Summer, Online
EHOH 6629 Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection) 3 Spring
​HSMP 6619 ​Leading Individuals and Teams 2 Spring
EHOH 6634 ​Spectrums of Professions Protecting & Promoting Worker Health  1 Fall, Online
​Electives ​See list below ​3 (min) ​Varies
Total​ ​ ​15

Approved Electives
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.

Course # Course Title Credit
EHOH 6620 Risk Assessment 3 Fall*
​EHOH 6614 Intro to Environmental & Occupational Health ​3 Fall, Spring,Online
CBHS 6613 Program Planning & Implementation ​3 ​Fall, Spring*
CBHS 6628 Technology Based Health Promotion ​3 Fall
​EHOH 6630 ​Environmental & Occupational Health Interdisciplinary Symposium ​2 ​Spring

*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.

Learning Objectives
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

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.​ 

  • Certificate students are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program

  • 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 a MPH student completes the certificate concurrently, no more than 9 credits can count toward both program.​

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