SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Total Worker Health (TWH) is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
According to the CDC, “Traditional occupational safety and health protection programs have primarily concentrated on ensuring that work is safe and that workers are protected from the harms that arise from work itself. Total Worker Health (TWH) builds on this approach through the recognition that work is a social determinant of health; job-related factors such as wages, hours of work, workload and stress levels, interactions with coworkers and supervisors, access to paid leave, and health-promoting workplaces all can have an important impact on the well-being of workers, their families, and their communities.”
This certificate was developed and is directed by faculty from the Center for Health, Work & Environment, a Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health and one of six centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The program is offered by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado.
Certificate students may complete the Certificate in Total Worker Health prior to or concurrently with the Master of Public Health. If a certificate student intends to pursue the MPH after successful completion of the certificate program, s/he will need to formally apply to the MPH program and complete all of the admission requirements of the MPH program.
This certificate is designed for current public health students and working professionals who:
Are seeking career advancement through an online degree program
Want to learn how to develop and manage Total Worker Health® (TWH) initiatives — workplace safety, wellness, and health promotion programs
Want to learn skills such as how to assess organizational culture, plan and evaluate health and safety programs, and be a better leader
Are seeking a community of business leaders and academics committed to workplace health and safety
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Total Worker Health, students will be able to:
Explain why Total Worker Health is an emerging field
Define key terminology and frameworks for Total Worker Health
Identify significant workplace wellness and safety-related government agencies and organizations and discuss their perspectives, policies, and regulations on health promotion and protection
Apply health behavior, leadership and organizational change theories and intervention approaches in the workplace setting
Compare the elements of a "culture of health" to the elements of a "culture of safety" and learn how they can be integrated
Describe the role of advocacy and leadership in Total Worker Health
Recognize "best practices" by reading, critiquing, and applying research to workplace practice
Identify evidence-based, practical policy and programmatic strategies for organizations implementing Total Worker Health
Design, implement, and evaluate TWH systems and programs
Communicate the business cases (value proposition) for implementing Total Worker Health
Discuss future trends, needs, and solutions for promoting Total Worker Health
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.
Visit our tuition and financial aid page. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The Total Worker Health (TWH) certificate takes 2 semesters, on average, and can be completed online. The certificate requires 15 credits and 6 online courses
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.
Graduates with a Total Worker Health have a very wide range of career opportunities available to them.
The Total Worker Health (TWH) certificate:
Provides innovative and institutional ways for healthcare industry managers and nurses to reduce risks
Supports efficiency and encourages a healthy environment for small businesses.
Creates standards and policies for home care workers that improve social resources and prompts safety and health actions, such as talking about hazards with employers, using ergonomic tools, and increasing health-promoting behaviors.
Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace
Spectrums of Professions Protecting & Promoting Worker Health
Occupational Health Psychology: Improving Health and Well-Being at Work
Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health
Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection)
Communication Skills for Public Health Impact