Global Certificate Program in Occupational Health Practice (GPOHP)
Welcome to the
Great Lakes Centers for
Occupational and Environmental
Safety and Health!
The Great Lakes Centers are part of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health and are a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in Occupational Health.
Hygiene Track Participants:
UIC is now recognized as an “approved training provider” by the Occupational Hygiene Training Association! Participants will have the chance to complete the training modules of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA). For more information click here.
Health Track Participants:
Participants in medical professions are eligible to receive Continuous Medical Education credit (CME) from the American Medical Association AMA (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM) for the successful completion of courses. CME Applications are in preparation. For more information click here.
Global Program in Occupational Health Practice
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.
Why should I enroll?
"We have selected the Global Programme in Occupational Health as our preferred programme of study for those members of our global occupational health professional community who require foundation training. The comprehensive curriculum and instructor-led, internet-based format is ideal for this purpose and the qualification conferred carries real credibility."
Dr. David Roomes
Former Medical Director, Global Manufacturing & Supply Health, Safety & Performance CoE
"The Global Program in Occupational Health Practice uses a virtual and interactive learning platform to deliver high quality specialist training to all parts of the globe, filling a much needed training gap. The students, whether from developed or emerging economies, have benefited from the course by enabling them to implement scientifically sound, ethical and effective occupational health programs in the workplaces they support."
Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill MB ChB (MD) FFOM
Director Global Occupational Health & Productivity
Global Health Services
Johnson & Johnson
- This training can be done while working full time. The program requires approximately 10 hours per week on average. Learn more here.
- The program is completely online and asynchronous. No visit on campus or out-of-country travel is required.
- The program does not focus on one particular country, but provides professional training using international guidelines and peer-reviewed standards.
- You will receive individual feedback from instructors for each of your assignments on the quality of your work. They will suggest specific professional improvements.
- Online learning is cheaper than residential training programs. Comparable training programs are much more expensive because of travel, accommodation, and loss of time-at-work.
- You will acquire new competencies in a more effective way than in traditional residential training. Most assignments relate directly to practical issues. You will produce results that are of immediate use in your work.
- If English is your second or third language, participants can return their completed assignments and communicate with faculty in English and Spanish. However, all participants need to be proficient in English as all teaching and communication is conducted in English.
What certificate will I get? Will I earn academic credit?
Learn more about certificates, CME's and academic credit here.
Learn more about certificates, OHTA recognition, CE's and academic credit in the "International Program Occupational Hygiene Practice" here.
What will I learn?
Participants will be able to recognize occupational diseases,
conduct workplace-specific medical examinations, develop medical surveillance programs, conduct risk assessments at workplaces, develop preventive and corrective action plans, investigate incidents such as accidents or outbreaks, evaluate fitness-for-work and participate in management processes such as certifications or emergency preparedness planning. Learn more about the Learning Objectives here.
The program does not focus on one particular country, but provides professional training using international guidelines and peer-reviewed standards. Learn more about the Content of Courses or download the syllabi of courses.
How is the program taught?
The program is completely online and asynchronous. No visit on campus or out-of-country travel is required.
Instructors provide individual feedback to each participant
on her or his quality of work and suggest specific improvements.
See samples of modules and the course syllabi here.
Group discussions and optional live chats provide a creative environment for interactive and challenging learning. Learn more about the teaching methods here.
Why is online learning more effective than residential training programs?
Online learning is cheaper than residential training programs. And it is a more effective way of learning and acquiring professional skills.
Despite its limits because of the missing face-to-face contact
to instructors, online training is more intensive and more practical than classroom teaching. Participants have more time to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in practice. Because this online program stretches over nine months, they can try out the new skills, report back to instructors and get feedback on their progress.
Unlike residential training programs where instructors are not available after the one week of training, in our program, instructors accompany the participants through their nine month long learning process.
How much time does it take?
This training can be done while working full time. The program requires approximately 10 hours per week on average for reading, practical exercises and assignments. Each course is structured in modules, with most modules lasting 2 weeks. The three courses can be taken consecutively or separately.
Who are the instructors?
The faculty occupational health and hygiene specialists in various enterpises or universities. All faculty members have long-standing practical experience in OHHS and are active in the WHO Network of Collaborating Centers in Occupational Health. They currently work as company doctors, consultants and auditors for occupational health programs in a variety of industries. Learn more about our faculty here.
Where do participants come from?
Participants come from all over the world. You’ll find a list of countries here. Open a world map and see where participants work.
Learn more about their employers with a list of companies, organizations and governments around the world.
What do others say about this program?
Participants and their employers have commented on the quality and the impact of our program. Learn more about what they had to say here.
“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.
*If you are interested in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences academic programs, learn more here.