School of Medicine

Division of Occupational & Environmental Health


Graduate Certificate of Occupational Safety and Health (COSH)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate of Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) is to help meet graduate-level regional and national needs for personnel trained in various areas related to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). The COSH will require students to complete at least 15 credit hours of graduate level coursework in OSH. Students will elect to participate in one of the following options:

Minimum Qualifications

Students in the Graduate Certificate of Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) program will typically have completed a baccalaureate and are seeking to develop additional competency in OSH. Many of these students will already have jobs with OSH responsibilities and will be seeking improved knowledge and skills to better perform or advance in their careers. Some of the COSH students will likely continue to master’s or doctoral studies in OSH. Besides those students working in industrial hygiene, ergonomics, or related fields, the COSH will be of interest and value to physicians and nurses working in occupational health. This certification (COSH) meets the academic requirements for physicians working in OSH who seek board certification in preventive medicine in the specialty of occupational medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine’s complementary pathway.

Typical COSH students will have undergraduate degrees in chemistry or biology or physics, with work backgrounds in areas related to occupational health and safety. Application materials will be screened for suitability for graduate work by the OEH Program’s Admissions Committee. These materials may include the GRE scores, transcripts, and reference letters.