Occupational Safety and Health, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Occupational Safety and Health, Graduate Certificate is designed for graduate students, public health professionals, health care providers, and occupational health and safety practitioners who seek to improve health and safety practices and compliance in their organizations.

Students choose this program to:

  • Gain knowledge about physical and psychosocial hazards in occupational environments
  • Apply control measures and monitor their effectiveness
  • Learn about risk assessment and environmental assessment

Students are eligible for additional certifications: the 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health [OSHA] General Industry card (course: CPH 590) and the Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist credential (course: ENV 909) from the Council for the Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservationists.

 Career Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for occupational health and safety specialists is growing at a rate of 6%, which is as fast as the average for all occupations. Occupational health and safety specialists will be needed to work in a variety of industries and government agencies to ensure that employers are adhering to both existing and new regulations.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed coursework

    You must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    A one-page personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in and potential for contributing to the field of occupational health and career objectives.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. A bachelor's degree

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete an online application for admission. Select "Certificate in Public Health" as your program on the application.
  2. Submit your $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  3. Complete the UNMC College of Public Health Application Packet.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 598Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene3
This course provides fundamental knowledge to the graduate student, or fellow who may be interested in pursuing a career in occupational health and safety. The course is also designed for safety, health, environmental and management personnel who have industrial hygiene effort, anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control. Topics include chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the workplace.
CPH 590Elements of Industrial Safety3
An introduction to safety in the general work environment with emphasis on selected OSHA safety regulations, human costs of injuries, safety programs and management, field trip work observations, risk assessment, hazard/risk communications. No previous experience or coursework in safety is required.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 594Environmental Exposure Assessment3
The course will allow students to develop their understanding and knowledge of exposure assessment methods and the application of these methods to substantive issues in occupational and environmental health. The course emphasizes methodological principles and good practice, and highlights the many similarities and some interesting differences between occupational and environmental health.   Prerequisites: ENV 892/CPH 503 or equivalent introductory environmental health sciences course; BIOS 806/CPH 506 or equivalent introductory biostatistics course; instructor permission.
CPH 597Principles of Toxicology3
This course will introduce students to the principles and methods that are used to determine whether an adverse effect is a result of exposure to a specific agent. A primary purpose of toxicology is to predict human toxicity, and human health risk assessment relies heavily on toxicological data obtained from animal studies. This course covers basic mechanisms of toxicity as they pertain to whole organisms, organ systems, and specific toxic agents.
CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of surveys and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.
CPH 725The Practice of Infectious Disease Epidemiology3
This course is designed to provide practical experience to students obtaining a PhD degree in Epidemiology with a concentration in Infectious Diseases (It may, however, be taken as an elective by doctoral-level students in other areas of concentration within the College of Public Health) As such, it covers practical problems which might arise in the practice of infectious disease epidemiology and is designed to prepare students about to embark on "real-world" careers with local and state health departments, clinical institutions, NGOs, and industry. These problems include (but are not limited to): bioterrorism preparation and response; planning for and managing patients with highly hazardous communicable diseases; implementing immunization programs; instituting and managing infection control and antibiotic stewardship programs; implementing isolation and quarantine orders; crafting patient safety initiatives; and overseeing quality assurance and laboratory management programs.
CPH 506Introduction to Biostatistics3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.
CPH 511Agricultural Health and Safety3
Description is pending.
CPH 517Human Factors and Ergonomics3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply principles and methods in the design of biomedical and public health studies, with a particular emphasis on randomized, controlled clinical trials. The major design topics to be covered include sample selection, selecting a comparison group, eliminating bias, need for and processes of randomization, reducing variability, choosing endpoints, intent-to-treat analyses, sample size justification, adherence issues, longitudinal follow-up, interim monitoring, research ethics, and non-inferiority and equivalence hypotheses. Data collection and measurement issues also will be discussed. Communication of design approaches and interpretation of subsequent analysis results also will be stressed. Concepts will be explored through critical review of the biomedical and public health literature, class exercises, and a research proposal. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design of biomedical or public health studies.
ENV 903Injury Epidemiology3
In this course, students will learn about the incidence, characteristics. risk Factors, populations at risk, control measures, and research methods related to traumatic injuries. The course includes lectures and presentations by faculty and students. Students will apply this knowledge throughout the course by completing assignments and analyzing injury data. The primary target audience for this course is doctoral students interested in injury epidemiology with a focus on environmental, agricultural and occupational health and safety.
ENV 908Thermal Stress in the Work Environment3
In this course, students will learn about the health effects, measurement, and control of health an cold stress in the work environment, and emerging technology related to smart clothes and wearable technology. Students will also learn how to develop a thermal stress program. The targeted audience will include doctoral students interested in occupational health, and professional students.
ENV 909Occupational Noise and Hearing Loss3
In this course, students will learn about the health effects, measurement, and control of occupational noise exposure, and emerging technology related to smart phones and wearable technology. Students will also learn how to provide hearing tests, read audiograms, and perform fit testing of ear plugs. The targeted audience include doctoral students interested in occupational health, profession students, and nursing students. Upon completion of this course, students may take an external examination administered by the Council for the Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conversationists (CAOHC) to earn the credential of "Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC."

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$597.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1791.00

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$597.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1791.00
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 01
  • Spring SemesterNov 01