Occupational health opportunity for working professionals and UW students

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The Work and Health Graduate Certificate is an opportunity for working professionals and UW graduate and professional students to add an occupational health perspective to their work

September 13, 2021

Work is an important factor in health and health disparities. As non-standard work, such as “gig” and contract work, as well as extreme environmental events become increasingly common, the landscape of worker health and safety is changing.

This new graduate certificate offers an opportunity for individuals beyond traditional occupational health and safety disciplines to explore and consider how dimensions and contexts of work influence the health and well-being of populations. Additionally, certificate students who are eligible to receive federal funds can receive one-quarter of tuition support, during the quarter they complete a capstone project. 

There are countless ways to add a Work and Health perspective into academic studies and professional work. Environmental scientists could learn how the climate impacts workers, for example, understanding extreme temperatures that agricultural workers may be increasingly exposed to. Future business owners and managers may want to understand best practices for creating healthy workplaces. Health care, human and social service providers in their future practices could consider how their clients’ health may be impacted by work, and future policy makers could learn tools to craft labor legislation.

The Work and Health Graduate Certificate is open to all post-baccalaueate working professionals and UW graduate and professional students of all disciplines. All individuals with or without a preexisting focus on occupational health are welcome to apply to the program.

The program accepts applications quarterly. The upcoming deadlines are October 15, 2021 to begin study for this Winter 2022, January 15, 2022 to begin Spring 2022, and May 1, 2022 to begin study in Autumn 2022.



The Work and Health is a subset of the Advanced Practice Environmental and Occupational Health (APEOH) Graduate Certificate program. Trainees will graduate with an APEOH Graduate Certificate as well as specific training and coursework in occupational health and safety.

The program involves twelve credits of occupational health coursework and a three-credit capstone project based on the trainee’s interests.

The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS) is able to provide a quarter of funding to some applicants. If receiving funding, certificate trainees are required to participate in quarterly interdisciplinary activities and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training (unless the trainee's home degree program provides RCR training).

The timing of the coursework requirements is flexible based on the student’s schedule and home degree requirements.  



For more information, see Work and Health Graduate Certificate Program or email any questions to apeoh@uw.edu