Offered by the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center and the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health

Overview

The goal of our Total Worker Health® certificate program is to train students from diverse disciplines to work effectively together to protect and promote workers’ health. Our graduates emerge with a common language to discuss the key determinants of health encountered at work. As Total Worker Health® practitioners, they will be equipped to act on these determinants by planning, implementing and evaluating comprehensive workplace interventions as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Curriculum

This is a 3-course, 9-credit certificate:

Critical issues in work, worker and workplace health (ENVR795/HBEH785)
No prerequisite
This course prepares students to contribute as members of an interdisciplinary team to protect and promote workers’ health. Students will learn that work is a social determinant of health and explore the context in which worker health protection/promotion practitioners work. Students will be able to summarize key regulations and policies that impact work and worker health. They also will be able to describe how the risks and benefits of work are changing alongside major shifts in demographics and the labor force. Students will hear from panels of worker health protection/promotion practitioners and explore the different approaches each discipline takes to addressing common worker health problems to better understand how to address worker safety, health and well-being as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Essential methods for evaluating worker and workplace health (HBEH786)
No prerequisite, but recommended to complete ENVR795/HBEH785 first
Students in this course develop skills for deploying a comprehensive, multi-level assessment of worker and workplace health. Students draw on the evidence base to articulate a plan for engaging employees in assessments; describe how to conduct individual worker assessments ethically and legally; conduct several types of individual and organizational assessments; use available administrative data (e.g. OSHA injury and illness records, sick leave data) and practice communicating findings from these data sources to multiple stakeholders in the worksite (e.g., frontline workers, top administration, managers).

Planning, implementing and evaluating Total Worker Health® interventions (HBEH787)
Prerequisite: HBEH786. Corequisite: ENVR795/HBEH785
Students in this course apply the Comprehensive Planning-Implementation-Evaluation Framework to recommend a Total Worker Health® intervention to address the needs of a specific group of workers. They learn to use multiple data sources to identify a priority worker health/safety issue; identify and adapt evidence-based worker-health interventions; and write an implementation and evaluation plan for their Total Worker Health® intervention. We emphasize how to engage workers in all stages of the planning process.

Trainees also must attend four NORA Interdisciplinary Seminars. Seminars span a range of worker-health protection and promotion topics and disciplines, are archived online and occur quarterly.

Course Schedule

Fall 2019:  ENVR 795/HBEH 785, Thursdays, 5:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Spring 2020 and 2021:  HBEH 786, Thursdays, 5:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Fall 2020 and 2021: ENVR 795/HBEH 785, Thursdays, 5:15 – 8:15 p.m. (tentative); HEBH 787, Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon (tentative)

Eligibility

This program is open to degree-seeking, matriculated students in the graduate and professional schools. Students must be residential; all courses will be in-person.

Application

Applications for spring 2020 open Dec. 2, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020. Applications for fall 2020 open June 1 – June 29, 2020. Applications received after the semester deadline but before the add date for classes will be reviewed but may not be eligible for tuition assistance.

Download the application form (docx).

Tuition

Tuition assistance is available. Eligibility for tuition assistance is based on the strength of your application. It also is based on need; students with full tuition coverage from other sources are not eligible for tuition assistance. Awards will be applied to tuition at the Public Health MPH rate (see p.8 in PDF). Awardees will receive up to 2.9 credit hours of tuition assistance for each certificate course they complete, disbursed in the semester of course enrollment.

Tuition assistance estimates for spring 2020: $2,302.25 for N.C. residents, $4,423.38 for N.C. non-residents. See the most up-to-date estimates of tuition here (PDF).

Students will be considered for tuition assistance by submitting the certificate application.

Contact us

General inquiry: TWHCertificate@unc.edu

Certificate Director, Dr. Laura Linnan: linnan@email.unc.edu

Certificate Program Manager, Ms. Maija Leff: maija_leff@med.unc.edu