Work Environment

Work Environment Graduate Certificates

The UMass Lowell Department of Work Environment offers graduate certificates in the following areas:

Disability Outcomes

Departments and programs participating in the certificate include Physical Therapy, Work Environment, Nursing, and Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology.

In the prevention and management of chronic disability, this certificate is designed to augment the preparation of researchers and/or clinicians with an appreciation of the interactions among personal attributes, clinical disease features, and socioeconomic and working conditions. Students will examine the ‘state of art theoretical perspectives in disability outcomes. They will develop advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen areas of expertise, including disability evaluation; design and conduct of epidemiologic studies of disease outcomes and their risk factors; determine evaluation and control of relevant environmental factors that affect work and health outcomes; and develop and analyze strategies for the improvement of disease outcomes, based on public and private policy alternatives.

Diversity in the Workplace

This certificate is for both future and current industry and organizational leaders who want to advance their theoretical knowledge as well as their hands on skills for working with and managing diverse employees. Certificate candidates will increase their awareness of communication and cultural differences, and be encouraged to develop strategies to effectively manage these differences. Candidates will be challenged to go beyond simply tolerating differences; rather the goal is to improve their work life, organizational culture and organizational effectiveness by harnessing the value of these differences.

Environmental Risk Assessment

In the health and environment fields, people make policies based on data, statistics and risk analysis. The methods used in these analyses are derived from the disciplines of biostatistics, epidemiology and toxicology. 

Learn to prevent illness and injury with policies that benefit those in need. You can take your career in a new direction with a professional certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment if you earned a bachelor's degree in a related field, have strong quantitative skills as demonstrated by successful completion of undergraduate mathematics courses, including calculus, and you’ve completed graduate coursework or demonstrated proficiency in either: 

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Industrial hygiene exposure assessment, or 
  • Environmental monitoring for human health hazard assessment 

Identification and Control of Ergonomic Hazards

Sustainable design isn’t just green. Learn to prevent injury and create workspaces that promote health and safety. This certificate is composed of four 3-credit courses that meet in the evening or late afternoon. The following courses are required:

  • Introduction to Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics
  • Occupational Biomechanics 
  • Methods in Work Analysis

Choose one of the following elective courses to finish the certificate: 

  • Physical Agents
  • Occupational Safety Engineering
  • Human Factors

Job Stress and Healthy Job Redesign

Stress-related problems in the workplace are making headlines and costing companies money in Worker's Compensation cases. Yet it’s possible to identify hazards when you have a multi-faceted understanding of how stress develops in the workplace. Learn prevention techniques such as monitoring strategies, training, communication strategies, and redesign of the organization and technical aspects of work processes. 

If you earned your Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, health sciences, health and managerial professions, natural sciences or engineering, and have significant work experience, you’re eligible to apply.

Laboratory and Biological Safety (Online)

We offer one of the few academic credit programs in bio-safety available in the United States today. For an affordable, accessible way to enter the field of biological and laboratory safety, study online. Learn the principles of identification, evaluation and control of bio and lab hazards. Study basic occupational health and safety, chemical and ergonomic hazards, biological hazard risk assessment, disinfection and sterilization, aerobiology, laboratory environmental health and safety management, laboratory design, laboratory hood requirements and many other subjects.

If you’re a scientist responsible for biological and/or laboratory safety, an occupational & environmental hygienist or a professional interested in embarking upon a career in biological and/or laboratory safety, and you’ve completed your bachelor’s degree and taken at least three undergraduate-level biology courses, apply. We’ll also consider your application if you have significant work experience in bio-safety.

Public Health Laboratory Sciences

Interdisciplinary program between the UMass Lowell departments of Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences, Community Health and Sustainability, Work Environment and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health Laboratories

This program will help to satisfy a critical and timely need for qualified public health laboratory scientists. Concern about bioterrorist attacks post 9/11, the threat of disease epidemics from natural disasters, such as the tsunami crisis and Hurricane Katrina, as well as pandemics, such as Avian flu, exemplify circumstances that require appropriately trained public health laboratory personnel.

Radiological Health Physics & Work Environment Protection

If you’re a health and safety professional at a small to medium size industry and you entered the position with little or no formal training, WE’s professional certificate in Radiological Health Physics and Work Environment Protection is the right choice for you, right now. With advanced instruction on radiation protection and general work environment protection, you’ll be equipped to make choices that create a safer, healthier workplace for you and your colleagues, and that save your employer money in worker's comp and inefficient operations.

If you’ve earned your bachelor's degree in a quantitative field and completed college courses in physics, chemistry, calculus and statistics, you’re ready to apply.

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