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The 12-Credit Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health Certificate can help you advance your knowledge and skills to address major occupational safety issues encountered at worksites. 

Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health Risks Certificate

The Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health Risks Certificate is intended for: 

  • Health and safety specialists 
  • Those with occupational safety and health responsibilities; and 
  • Those interested in transitioning to occupational safety and health from another role. 

Program Design

You can complete the Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health Certificate in two-three semesters or you can plan a schedule for completing the courses over a two-year period (maximum timeframe.) The late afternoon/evening schedule and online course offerings make it convenient to continue working or gain experience while earning your Certificate. The Certificate courses may also be applied toward a degree at the Rutgers School of Public Health depending on the degree program and concentration. (Certificate holders must apply and be admitted to the degree program.) 

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Curriculum Requirements (12 Credits)

  • PHCO 0503: Introduction to Environmental Health (3 Credits)
  • ENOH 0654: Occupational Safety and Health (3 Credits)
  • ENOH 0699: Principles of Industrial Hygiene 3 Credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • ENOH 0644: Indoor Air/Environment Quality (3 Credits)
  • ENOH 0657: Managing Hazardous Energy (3 Credits)

Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health may transfer up to six (6) credits towards a certificate program if earned within the past seven years with a grade of B or better and are deemed appropriate by the respective Certificate Program Coordinator.


Tuition is governed by Rutgers University and is subject to change without notice. Confirm current Rutgers School of Public Health’s Tuition & Fees

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Completed an accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. or its equivalent
  • Demonstrated academic achievement in an appropriate discipline
  • Academic credentials at least equivalent to those required for the MPH program

Applicants must submit:

  • Application for Admission
  • Official Transcripts of all prior work
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Letter of Intent, including statement of purpose for application to the program
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee

International applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL scores and WES evaluations