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Certificate in Occupational Health

About Our Program | Certificate Options | Admission Criteria | Application


The Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus offers a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health (COH). The flexible evening and weekend 15 semester credit curriculum consists of lecture, laboratory, and field experiences designed to increase students' knowledge, comprehension and skills of Industrial Hygiene. The Certificate program is for students that desire to augment their existing education and training via academic courses.

The comprehensive and flexible curriculum provides a basic foundation of information for students with limited or no background in these areas, while simultaneously offering students with professional experience the opportunity to expand their scope of knowledge and skills.

The program offers classes during evenings and weekends to accommodate both part-time and full-time students. Evening courses meet just once per week for 15 week semesters, and weekend courses meet on alternating weeks for eight Saturdays per semester.

The curriculum will benefit those with applicable education and experience that intend to take the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) examination.


The curriculum incorporates the general areas of science, technology, management and communication within the context of the courses. The curriculum allows enough flexibility to assure that students may select courses that best meet their professional needs.

The 15 credit hours curriculum for the COH program consists of the following:

Core Course (3 credit hours required)

  • PUBH 5020- Occupational Health Science, Regulations and Management (3 credits)

Specialty Courses (9 credit hours required) 

  • PUBH 5400 - Air Contaminant Modeling, Ventilation and Respiratory Protection (3 credits)
  • PUBH 5620 - Physical Agents - Effects, Evaluation and Control (3 credits)
  • PUBH 5310- Chemical Agent Toxicity, Evaluation and Control (3 credits)

Elective Courses (3 credit hours required) 

  • PUBH 5060 - Occupational Safety Science, Regulations and Management (3 credits)
  • PUBH 5160 - Environmental Health Science, Regulations and Management (3 credits)
  • PUBH 5260 - Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response (3 credits)
  • PUBH 6000 - Public Health Statistics (3 credits)
  • PUBH 6010 - Public Health Epidemiology (3 credits)

NOTE: A Master of Science in Occupational Health degree, Industrial Hygiene program also is available. This program requires completion of 40 credit hours of course work including a scholarly project or thesis.


Criteria for admission are listed below. Applicants not meeting all of these criteria (e.g. GPA <3.0; deficient foundation courses) may be eligible for conditional admission. Students can be admitted for Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Application materials are due on or before June 15 (fall), October 15(Spring) and March 15 (Summer).

Earned baccalaureate from an accredited college or university.

Foundation Courses:
Minimum of 21 semester credits in communications, humanities, and social sciences and 32 semester credits in undergraduate or graduate-level science, mathematics, and/or technical courses including college-level math, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology (or equivalent). Applicants having a deficiency in foundation courses may be eligible for conditional admission.

Minimum 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for regular admission or 2.5 for provisional admission.

Other Requirements:
Recommendation from at least two references. International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must score a minimum of 550.


To apply to the Certificate in Occupational Health, click here.

Last Updated: 6/9/16