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Global Certificate Program in Occupational Health Practice (GPOHP)

What is the GPOHP?

The Global Program in Occupational Health Practice is an internet-based, instructor-led distance-learning program for professionals in either occupational health services or occupational hygiene.

(The following information about this program is also available in the program brochure.)

The program consists of two tracks, the Occupational Health Practice Certificate and the Occupational Hygiene Practice Certificate. Each contains three consecutive courses that build on each other. However, the courses may be taken separately. Courses are eight to ten weeks long. All participants will receive a "Certificate of Completion" for each course. After completion of all three courses, participants will receive the "Global Certificate in Occupational Health or Hygiene Practice" from the School of Publich Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Learn more about the content of the courses here.

The Program is offered annually starting the beginning of September. Learn more about the starting dates here.

For detailed information on the enrollment process, scholarship opportunities, fees and discounts for individuals and institutions, companies, governments etc. please use the links on the right!

What is the overall goal of this Program?

The program teaches competencies focusing on practical and immediately usable skills on an introductory to medium level. The recognition and prevention of occupational diseases, control of occupational risks and prevention of accidents are the main focus of this program.
It specifically addresses company-level competencies so that health professionals will effectively contribute to the protection of employees and the goals of companies.

We would be happy to see you in the program!
Linda Forst, MD, MPH

Occupational Health Practice Certificate

The Occupational Health track is designed for health care workers (doctors, nurses, and others) who provide occupational health services to employees in companies or governments around the world. Health track students take a course on Clinical Occupational Medicine and Medical Surveillance. Medical professionals are eligible to receive Continuing Medical Education credit (CME) from the American Medical Association (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM) for successful completion. Learn more about the technical details.

Occupational Hygiene Practice Certificate

The Occupational Hygiene track is for engineers, managers, hygienists, safety professionals and technicians who are responsible for health and safety in companies, as well as governmental agencies. Hygiene track students take a course in Occupational Hygiene and Risk Control, where they learn to identify, monitor, and reduce workplace hazards. Students of the hygiene track may elect to complete additional OHTA modules embedded in the Occupational Hygiene and Risk Control course to prepare for OHTA certification examinations.

“I thought I knew all the aspects of Occupational Health prior to enrolling in this Course. But I was wrong. I learned that my professional background as a Registered Nurse and my work experiences as an Industrial Nurse for 22 years were not enough. This Course made me a competent Occupational Health Practitioner and I now work with confidence.”

Jaime Goyena, RN, OHN
GlaxoSmithKline, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Read more testimonials here.