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Workplace Health and Safety Certificate Program

Program Overview

The Workplace Health and Safety Certificate (WHSC) is a 15-credit hour academic certificate that provides an additional job skillset to students with complementary majors such as business, human resources, engineering, chemistry, and healthcare (to name a few).  This certificate offers a marketable academic sub-specialty in their primary area of academic study.  All Fortune 1000 companies already have a professional safety function with their organizations but smaller companies--typically those with fewer than 250 employees--also require some expertise from the safety profession.  Accordingly, the need for this type of certificate is expected to rise and remain steady in such companies. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  • Students will be able to describe regulations pertaining to workplace safety.
  • Students will be able to explain the safety profession.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

Students in any program of study, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and currently enrolled at Ohio University, qualify for admission.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students attaining this certificate are likely to be more attractive to prospective employers, giving the student broader career possibilities. For example, a student majoring in Management or Business Administration might be interested in the certificate if he or she is likely to be employed in a smaller company in need of safety expertise but lacking the resources to employ a full-time health and safety professional.  A Health Services Administration major might wish to obtain this certificate should they anticipate employment in a rural setting where occupational safety and health laws still apply but expertise from governmental agencies is difficult to obtain in a timely manner.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details



Administrative Contact

Michele Morrone, contact person