Online Graduate Certificate inOCCUPATIONAL SAFETY

Earning an occupational safety and health certificate from Eastern Kentucky University can be a step on your path to learning and leadership. The safety strategies you learn here can make an immediate impact on your career path and the well-being of workers in your community. While our 12-credit hour occupational safety graduate certificate uses the exact curriculum — and is taught by the same faculty — as our Master's in Safety, it can be completed independently of a degree program. Use your newfound knowledge to explore the vast and growing occupational safety field, which is expected to grow by 67,100 new jobs by 2022.*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Earn your certificate in 1 year or less.

Complete coursework 100% online.

Learn from a veteran faculty of safety professionals with public and private sector experience.

Benefit from EKU’s interactive course delivery and discussion boards.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top colleges and universities.
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Ranked 7th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.
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Designated as one of America’s most
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What you can learn

The occupational safety certificate combines an overview of the safety and security industry with an in-depth look at leadership principles in workplace safety. Learn how different work environments (industrial, construction and corporate) operate, and the unique threats, hazards and risks involved with each. Develop safety procedures and emergency response policies within the frame of governmental regulations for health and safety.

At the heart of EKU’s safety philosophy is teamwork. Study the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in working to make an impact on the safety of American workers.

EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Topics of study include:
  • Industrial Safety Management
  • Hazard Control Principles
  • Risk Identification and Countermeasures
  • Construction Safety
  • Regulatory Requirements for Health and Safety
  • Development of Safety Programs
  • Emergency Management
  • Workplace Risk Factors
  • Fire Safety
  • Management Techniques
“What does an EKU graduate have that the others don't have? They have had the advantage of a phenomenal faculty, an exceptional academic experience while they're here and the opportunity to go out and work with and for companies through the cooperative education program, and to walk out of here being absolutely prepared to take on the challenges of the occupation.”Tom Schneid, Chair, Safety, Security and Emergency Management
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Occupational Safety Courses

SSE 828 Industrial Safety Management
Investigate and analyze hazard control principles related to the management of personnel, facilities and equipment. Study control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, and safety training.
SSE 832 Construction Safety
Explore this introduction to general construction safety utilizing the key components of the OSH Act and subparts of 29 CFR 1926.
SSE 834 Corporate Compliance
Address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas. Assess and analyze the development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs.
SSE 845 Personal/Environmental Hazards
Study the threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks in the workplace. Examine the techniques and inspection methods, management styles and prevention programs essential to managing within safety, fire and security.