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Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health

The Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) prepares professionals to assess and manage the impact of environmental and workplace hazards on human health. The program provides the knowledge and skills to recognize and characterize chemical exposures and hazards, assess health effects, design and implement preventive measures, and promote workplace wellness.

The Graduate Certificate in OEH is designed for mid-career professionals who seek to expand their knowledge in occupational and environmental health. Backgrounds of professionals in the OEH Graduate Certificate include: physicians, nurses and other health providers in occupational and environmental medicine; public health professionals; environmental health professionals; people with biology and other science degrees seeking careers in occupational or environmental public health.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health, the student will be able to:

  • Assess occupational and environmental hazards and exposure pathways and the impact on health.
  • Conduct work place and chemical exposure history and environmental exposure assessments.
  • Integrate health promotion and wellness applications into occupational and environmental  health programs.
  • Apply best practices in developing training for occupational and environmental health professionals.
Admission Requirements

The Distance Learning Programs follow the Tulane SPHTM admission requirements. In addition, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • Baccalaureate degree, preferably in a STEM area, public health, nursing with Grade Point Average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Or, degree in medicine or other health care professional degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene or closely related field.
  • To apply, send the application form and transcript documenting bachelor’s degree and GPA directly to the DL Graduate Certificate program.
Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health requires 17 credits includes:

  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GEHS 6540 Principles of Occupational Health  (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6720 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
  • GEHS 6320 Workplace Wellness (3) 
  • GEHS 6700 Health and Safety Training and Evaluation (2)

Apply Graduate Certificate credits toward the MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health

Course credits received in the graduate certificate may be applied to the MPH in OEH. Students proceeding into the MPH degree complete a total of 42 credits that include the remainder of the required OEH  courses and the SPHTM core. Only the MPH degree in OEH  is awarded. Student must have a GPA of 3.0 in coursework and meet the MPH degree admission requirements to transfer to the degree program. Contact the DL manager prior to completion of the certificate for information.

Combined Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health with a MPH degree in another area

Student in another MPH degree program seeking to add a graduate certificate in may use the elective credits available in a degree program, but not required courses, for the graduate certificate. Required courses cannot be double counted toward both the MPH and a graduate certificate. If there is an overlap in required courses, the student, in consultation with their advisor, selects another OEH courses to meet the 17 credits for the certificate. The combined MPH and graduate certificate may take 5 to 6 additional credits beyond the total for the degree alone. The combined MSPH in industrial hygiene and graduate certificate will take an additional 15 credits.

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Erica B. Geary

Email: dlinfo@tulane.edu

Phone: 504-988-3786 or 800-862-2122

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