Work Environment

Work Environment Graduate Certificates

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

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

Environmental Risk Assessment

This program provides a solid introduction to the methods of risk assessment, with strong emphasis on their limitations and the policy context in which they currently are applied. A student who successfully completes the program of study will be able to critically read and evaluate risk assessments performed by others, as well as carry out original quantitative analyses of new problems. A student who becomes deeply interested in the field will be more than one quarter of the way to earning a master’s degree in Work Environment with a concentration in epidemiology.

Who Should Apply
Professionals working in environmental management, environmental health, occupational health, occupational safety, and food and drug safety, will find the program relevant to their work. Government regulatory agencies, consulting firms in the health and environmental field, and corporate risk management teams often produce or use risk assessments. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and strong quantitative skills. Certificate students should consult with the program advisor before choosing two elective courses from the list below to complement the required courses and to best fit interests and career goals.

Required Courses (6 Credits):
Introductory Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Exposure and Risk Assessment

Elective Courses (Choose Two):
Toxicology and Health
Introduction to Environmental Health
Biostatistics for Health Data
Quantitative Models for Health and Environment

For further information, please contact David Kriebel, Ph.D., Professor.

Identification and Control of Ergonomic Hazards

The certificate will provide the student with the ability to recognize and control ergonomic hazards in the work place. Injuries and illnesses such as low-back injuries, upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders, and workplace stress that are due to ergonomic hazards are prevalent and costly to industry. Ergonomic hazards are present in all industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction, shipping, and service industries. Many companies, especially those smaller in size, will not have an ergonomist on staff, although many will have someone with related responsibilities, such as an industrial hygienist, safety specialist, or occupational nurse. Upon earning the certificate, a student will be more than one-quarter of the way to earning a master’s degree in Work Environment with a concentration in ergonomics.

Who Should Apply

The program is designed for health and safety professionals (for example, a safety manager, safety engineer, industrial hygienist, occupational health nurse, occupational physician, or physical therapist) already working in industry. Most students will be working full-time in one of these positions. Most students will have bachelor’s degrees in engineering or biological sciences; some of them will have master’s degrees in these fields.

Required Courses (6 Credits):
Ergonomics and Work
Occupational Biomechanics

Elective Courses (Choose Two):
Occupational Safety Engineering
Evaluation of Work Environment Hazards
Methods of Work Analysis

For further information, please contact Bryan Buchholz, Ph.D., Professor.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in a related field from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Completed Certificate Application Form;
  • Official transcript from the baccalaureate institution;
  • Completed undergraduate courses in Statistics, and either Biology or Anatomy & Physiology with grades of C or above.
  • Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.

For further information regarding application process, please contact
Susan Woskie, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator.