Occupational Safety and Health Graduate Certificate and Minor

Whether you’re looking to expand or update your knowledge and skills, preparing for a career change or pursuing your passions, Ohio State’s Occupational Safety and Health graduate certificate or minor program provides you the education to enhance your expertise for positions engaged in workplace safety and health.

This interdisciplinary offering from the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, teaches you how to identify, evaluate and control hazardous situations and exposures that may contribute to related, and preventable, injuries and illnesses among workers as well as members of the community.

Adding this area of emphasis as a degree enhancement to other applicable degree programs will contribute to shaping well-rounded individuals qualified to work as and/or with occupational safety and health professionals.

Current Ohio State graduate students may pursue either the graduate certificate or minor. Working professionals or non-degree students pursue the graduate certificate.

Learning outcomes

Students completing the curriculum to earn either the graduate-level minor or standalone certificate in occupational safety and health will be prepared to:

  1. summarize major theoretical and regulatory (e.g. OSHA; MSHA) aspects of occupational safety and health to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control the physical, chemical, biological, mechanical and ergonomic agents and factors associated with workplace environmental settings and occupationally related illness and injury
  2. apply contemporary principles and best practices of occupational safety and health
  3. conduct workplace setting safety and health walk-through surveys/audits with recommendations for occupational injury and illness prevention and mitigation


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree (includes college-level math, biology and chemistry)
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA


The occupational safety and health curriculum is a 15-credit hour program consisting of 4 required courses and 1 selective option.

Students pursuing a graduate degree in the College of Public Health may overlap a maximum of 6 credits with their graduate degree and the Certificate.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Course number Course name Credits
PUBHEHS 5325 Principles of Occupational Health Science 3 credits
PUBHEHS 7380 Exposure Science Monitoring Techniques I 3 credits
ISE 5600 Occupational Biomechanics and Industrial Ergonomics 3 credits
ISE 5640 Occupational Safety: Analysis and Design of Work Environments 3 credits
Selective courses (pick one course, total 3 credits)
Course number Course name Credits
PUBHEHS 5315 Principles of Toxicology 3 credits
PUBHEHS 6310 Principles of Environmental Health Science 3 credits
PUBHEHS 6320 Global Health and Environmental Microbiology 3 credits
PUBHEHS 7365 Environmental and Human Health Risk Assessment 3 credits
PUBHEHS 7375 Quantitative Microbial Risk Analysis Modeling 3 credits
PUBHEPI 6410 Principles of Epidemiology 3 credits
CIVILEN 5810 Construction Safety and Forensics 3 credits
ISE 5710 Behind Human Error: Safety and Complex Systems 3 credits
ISE 5820 Resilience Engineering 3 credits
LAW 8100 Employment Law 3 credits

Program administrative oversight, admissions and advising is shared between the College of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Sciences and the College of Engineering Department of Integrated Systems Engineering.


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