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Online Undergraduate Certificate Fundamentals of Workplace Health & Safety

Fundamentals of Workplace Health & Safety
Undergraduate Certificate
  • 18 credits
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Kickstart your career as a trusted safety professional with an undergraduate certificate in fundamentals of workplace health and safety at University of Maryland Global Campus. Strengthen your contribution to your organization by learning evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage workplace injuries and illnesses. Our courses are taught by experienced faculty members who bring their expertise with them to the classroom. Save time and money with scholarships for eligible students and a generous transfer credit policy. At UMGC, we have all the tools to help you succeed again. Apply today.

Acquire New Skills in Workplace Safety Mitigation, Investigation, & Management

Enhance your career prospects and gain a competitive edge with an undergraduate certificate in fundamentals of workplace health and safety. This innovative 18-credit program is designed to introduce working professionals to the fundamentals of workplace health and safety, such as occupational hazards, risk assessment and mitigation, and incident response and investigation. Our foundational curriculum provides continuing professional development opportunities for workers in related fields, including business administration, health services, human resources, and laboratory management.

Here are a few benefits of this online certificate program:

  • We offer courses annually in the spring, summer, and fall terms.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you may be able to apply these credits toward a bachelor’s degree in environmental health & safety.
  • We offer competitive tuition rates for Maryland residents, as well as discounts for military servicemembers and their spouses and dependents.

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This program requires a total of 18 credits.

  • (3 Credits, ENHS 310)  
  • (3 Credits, ENHS 315)  
  • (3 Credits, ENHS 320)  
  • (3 Credits, ENHS 325)  
  • (3 Credits, ENHS 335)  
  • (3 Credits, ENHS 400) 

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This program is first being offered in the 2024–2025 academic year. There will be no differing UMGC program requirements for previous years. To review information about other programs, please visit the catalog archive. 

Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each certificate webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all certificates.

Develop Crucial Skills in Workplace Safety & Management

Today's organizations increasingly require safety professionals who understand the fundamentals of workplace health and safety. Graduates of this certificate program may develop critical skills in risk assessment, incident response, and issue investigation. Our portfolio directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve the following:


Unlock Your Career Potential

This online certificate program is designed for working professionals who are looking to stand out in the marketplace. The skills you learn in this program are universal and could help assist you in the public sector, the private sector, and the non-profit sector. 

Vernon H., Woodbine, MD

Employment Increase
Employment for occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2022 to 2032—much faster than the average for all occupations. 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook | Last Reviewed: April 30, 2024
Retiring Professionals
More than half of safety professionals are approaching retirement age, highlighting the need for qualified environmental health and safety professionals.
Source: American Society of Safety Professionals | Why Choose a Career in Safety? | Last Reviewed: April 30, 2024

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Fundamentals of Workplace Health & Safety Courses

Throughout your curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that may help you prioritize real-world skills and experience. Some possible course projects include:

  • Analyze a workplace injury and illness dataset through qualitative and quantitative methods, demonstrating your ability to identify ergonomic stressors and risk factors in the work environment.
  • Evaluate hazardous substances and select appropriate exposure standards based on a given scenario, demonstrating your competence in assessing hazards and risk factors in the occupational environment.
  • Develop an exposure profile for a workplace scenario by gathering relevant information, establishing a similar exposure group, and recommending air sampling strategies to evaluate a worker population's exposure.

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