Environmental & Occupational Health Certificate Program

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

If you want to play your part as one of the unsung heroes of good environmental and occupational health practices - the invisible safety net we all count on - this program is for you!

Through occupational health and safety and environmental studies courses online you will:

  • learn to anticipate and manage emerging environmental health issues and develop strategies to assess and communicate risks;
  • determine which agents in the workplace may affect human health;
  • identify effects of toxic substances on health and the environment, and learn how to implement control measures; and
  • develop programs that will improve health in the work environment.

The Environmental and Occupational Health Certificate offered by the University of Victoria Continuing Studies will expand your career options by providing you with knowledge and 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

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

Who should take the program?

  • Individuals working in the fields of environment, health, or related occupations who want to have a specialization in the field of environmental health.
  • Those seeking employment in the private or public sectors where there is an increasing concern for employee health and the protection of the environment.
  • Those looking for a change in career and wishing to enter a rapidly expanding field with a professional certificate in hand.
  • Managers in environmental and occupational health who are seeking continuing professional education


Eligibility for admission includes one of the following:

  • 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 and completion requirements

Each 12-week occupational health and safety course is delivered by distance education online. You'll need to complete eight courses to obtain your environmental and occupational health and safety training certificate.

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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