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Certificate in Total Worker Health

Online certificate

Get a career-advancing certificate. This certificate is designed for current public health students and working professionals who:

  • Are seeking career advancement through an online degree program
  • Want to learn how to develop and manage Total Worker Health® (TWH) initiatives — workplace safety, wellness, and health promotion programs
  • Want to learn skills such as how to assess organizational culture, plan and evaluate health and safety programs, and be a better leader
  • Are seeking a community of business leaders and academics committed to workplace health and safety
**Scholarship applications from existing Colorado School of Public Health students are due August 1, 2020, for Fall 2020 enrollment.**

The deadline for summer enrollment is February 15. The deadline for spring enrollment is October 15. 

Read more about how Certificate in Total Worker Health students are applying the program to their profession.

This certificate was developed and is directed by faculty from the Center for Health, Work & Environment, a Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health, and one of six centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The program is offered by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado.


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 6629 ​Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection) 2 Spring
​EHOH 6638 ​Communication Skills for Public Health Impact ​3 ​Spring
Total​ ​ ​15

Substitutions for required courses may be reviewed and approved by the program director.​


 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 or safety-related government agencies or organizations and discuss their perspectives and policies on health promotion or protection
  • Describe the role of advocacy or leadership in Total Worker Health
  • Apply health behavior, leadership, or organizational change theories or intervention approaches in the workplace setting
  • Compare the elements of a "culture of health" to the elements of a "culture of safety" and how they can be integrated
  • Recognize "best practices by reading, critiquing, or applying research to workplace practice
  • Identify evidence-based, practical policy or programmatic strategies for organizations implementing Total Worker Health
  • Design, implement, or evaluate TWH systems and programs
  • Communicate the business case (value proposition) for implementing Total Worker Health
  • Discuss future trends, needs, or 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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     NIOSH MAP ERC Scholarship

    The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the Certificate in Total Worker Health® program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students accepted into the Certificate in TWH program may be eligible for financial support, including tuition and fees.

    Application materials and submission instructions are listed below.


    Students must have applied officially to the program and have been accepted either via the SOPHAS Express Application by October 15th or February 15th OR via the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) certificate declaration form for existing ColoradoSPH students. Additionally, recipients need to be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted as a permanent resident. Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (for example, American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

    Scholarship application process

    Step 1: Apply to the program either via the SOPHAS Express Application by October 15th or February 15th OR via the ColoradoSPH certificate declaration form for existing ColoradoSPH students.

    Step 2: Apply for scholarship. Applicants must submit the application form and all materials as one PDF file to Jennifer Foxcroft at

    Step 3: Awarded scholarship. Students applying via the SOPHAS Express Applications on either October 15th or February 15th will be reviewed by the NIOSH MAP ERC Certificate in TWH core faculty and official notification will be made between November and December for the October 15th deadline and between March and April for the February 15th deadline. Notifications will be by email. Current CSPH student applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a decision will be made within one month of application.

    Note: Students can submit their scholarship application at the same time as they apply to the program, but to be eligible to receive the scholarship they must be accepted into program.


    Students must 1) receive a passing grade (at least a B-) in all course work, 2) represent themselves as professionals and Candidates in the Certificate in TWH (e.g., include in their email signature), and 3) completion of the program in accordance with ColoradoSPH and MAP ERC requirements. Failure to meet these expectations will result in a discontinuation of scholarship.


    If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact the program director via email ( with the subject line “Certificate in TWH Scholarship and YOUR LAST NAME”.


     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

    We know our students’ passion for improving communities through health research, education, and service, but we also understand that there are students who work while studying.  Most students complete this on a part-time basis in one year. 


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