Environmental & Occupational Health Certificate Program

Pursue a career in environmental and occupational health through online education.

Heat stroke. Electrical fires. Carbon monoxide poisoning. These are some of the dangers people face in the workplace every day. It's the job of people in the field of Environmental and Occupational Health to recognize these dangers and prevent or mitigate the damage they might cause.

The Environmental and Occupational Health Certificate, offered completely online through Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria, is one of the leading Environmental and Occupational Health educational programs in Canada. You'll learn how to identify health risks, prevent serious accidents and maintain safety regulations in the workplace. The program will expand your career options by teaching you practical skills that you can put to use in many health and safety areas, such as:

  • emergency management
  • environmental protection
  • ergonomics
  • hazardous waste management
  • occupational hygiene
  • toxicology

The EOH program exceeds the requirements set by Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) and is a recipient of the Project Minerva Canada Award from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.


Hear What Past Students Have to Say:

Achieving the EOH Certificate in Fall 2012 had an impact on my career resulting in new job offers almost immediately. I have chosen a new position that offers exciting opportunities for future career and personal growth, and with significantly increased compensation.

-Dean Adams, EOH graduate (2012)


Who should take the program?

This professional certificate program is designed for people working in the fields of environment, health, or related occupations who want to have a specialization in the field of environmental health.

It's also for people seeking employment in the private or public sectors where there is an increasing concern for employee health and the protection of the environment.


What kind of job can I get with this certificate?

Graduates work in a variety of fields—government, manufacturing, health care, insurance, agriculture—and have job titles such as:

  • environmental health officer
  • occupational health and safety officer
  • occupational safety advisor
  • hazardous waste manager
  • private industry specialist or consultant

Entrance Requirements

  • University degree (or relevant professional qualifications) and three years work experience; or
  • High school graduation and five years' work experience; or
  • Any combination of equivalent education and work experience

You may start the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer term.


Program Format

Each 12-week occupational health and safety course is delivered by distance education online. You'll need to complete eight courses to obtain your Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health.

Required courses:

  • Occupational and Environmental Health Law
  • Risk Management: Perception and Communication
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Occupational Health Hazards

Electives (choose 4):

  • Ergonomics
  • Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Environmental Health Economics
  • Health Protection Technology
  • Final Project

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