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Environmental Health and Safety Certificate

CCAPS Certificate Programs
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 18
  • Degree: Environmental Health and Safety Certificate
The Environmental Health and Safety certificate will equip professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage and administer safety programs. The five required courses are taught online. The curriculum focuses on technical information, critical thinking skills, legal and ethical concepts, effective communication and interpersonal skills, management principles, and the ability to work as a member or leader of a team. Courses explore the complex and unique challenges facing safety professionals, such as constrained resources, increased demand for services, risk assessment, the media, and public perception. Environmental health and safety is a complex subject because many factors influence the effect of the environment on human health. The curriculum recognizes the interrelation of environmental health and diverse geography, according to states or countries as well as urban versus rural environments. Diverse population demographics such as age, gender, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomics, and underlying susceptibilities of people also influence the impact the environment has on human health. All these aspects need to be considered when assessing risks and managing environmental health in the workplace, and are broadly reflected in the curriculum.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 45 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Required Core Courses
CMGT 4301 - Occupational Health and Safety Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4302 - Environmental Health Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4303 - Industrial Hygiene Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4304 - Fire and Life Safety Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4305 - Health and Safety Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
Elective Requirement
Students must take 3 elective credits.
CMGT 4031 - Construction Safety and Loss Control (3.0 cr)
or CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers (1.0 cr)
or CMGT 4081 - Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites (1.0 cr)
or CMGT 4193 - Directed Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
or CMGT 4196 - Construction Management Internship (1.0 cr)
or CMGT 4215 - Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning (2.0 cr)
or CMGT 4550 - Topics in Construction Management (1.0-2.0 cr)
or CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone (3.0 cr)
or SSM 4614 - Building Systems Performance: Testing & Diagnostics (2.0 cr)
or 3xxx or higher as approved by Faculty Director
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CMGT 4301 - Occupational Health and Safety Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
While OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) remains the governmental regulatory agency, the responsibility for occupational safety and health of employees has evolved into an integral part of a variety of industries, including construction, health care, oil and gas extraction, and many more. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental health and safety standards and their application to the management of workplace injury prevention and health promotion. prereq: 45 credits
CMGT 4302 - Environmental Health Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The construction industry has one of the highest morbidity and mortality rates among professions, and there is also an economic implication. Companies can reduce the risk of injuries, diseases, and death due to environmental hazards by implementing an appropriate health and safety plan. Plans must be continually reviewed to ensure they are current with new products, scientific evidence, legal parameters, and cultural changes. This course will review requirements and provide direction in controlling regulations related to environmental and occupational health, chemical and biological safety, hazardous materials, and other health hazards. prereqs: 45 credits completed. Some knowledge of construction management principles is strongly recommended.
CMGT 4303 - Industrial Hygiene Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of the practice of industrial hygiene: the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. Presents critical topics to enhance technical skills, deepen understanding, and gain the necessary knowledge and tools to apply the principles of Industrial hygiene effectively, efficiently, and reasonably, including hazard types, routes of exposure, and determination of exposure levels, Also explores the industrial hygiene hazard evaluation process and how it applies to the goal of workplace safety, as well as related federal and state regulations. Students will examine specific workplace problems related to worker health and safety. Prerequisites: None
CMGT 4304 - Fire and Life Safety Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Provides an overview of the fire and life safety requirements for new and existing buildings, as indicated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code. The Code addresses life safety for fire emergencies, but also other types of emergencies, such as bomb threats. The purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements that will provide a reasonable degree of safety during emergencies in any structure. To apply the Code effectively, one must understand its legal authority in various jurisdictions, Code navigation, and the ways proper application of the Code can minimize the effects of a devastating fire or other emergency. Specific topics include building classification, types of construction, fire protection, means of egress, and occupancy features. The course will enhance technical skills and provide knowledge and tools to apply the Code effectively, efficiently, and reasonably. Students will prepare a facility compliance checklist that can be used in everyday execution of the principles learned in this course. Prerequisites: None
CMGT 4305 - Health and Safety Planning and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Companies can reduce the risk of injury, disease, and death due to environmental hazards by implementing an appropriate health and safety plan. Each plan must be continually reviewed to ensure it is current with new products, scientific evidence, legal parameters, and cultural changes. This course is a comprehensive study of the essential components of an effective safety planning and management system. It also examines the cultural aspects of integrating total safety planning and management into all levels of an operation. Prerequisites: None
CMGT 4031 - Construction Safety and Loss Control
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to construction safety, health, and loss control. Hazard recognition. Control procedures. Management systems for measuring/evaluating loss-control performances in construction industry. prereq: 3001, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Building codes history, foundation, structure, and organization. Importance to the built environment throughout building life cycle: design, construction, occupancy, demolition. Code compliance and role of building code official. Interpretation and application to specific scenarios. Recognizing and correcting code deficiencies. prereq: 45 cr or instr consent
CMGT 4081 - Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Designed for those who will supervise, run, or direct construction site operations, grading, culvert replacement, and bridge construction. Best management practices to reduce or control erosion and sedimentation. Topics include permit requirements, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, sample specifications, and using the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Soil erodibility, turf establishment techniques, grading techniques to minimize erosion, timing of installations, and proper application of best management practices are also covered. Students will learn how to implement an erosion and sediment control plan, the requirements of various regulatory agencies, and consequences of permit violations. Can be used to achieve the Erosion and Stormwater Construction Site Management Certification, which is required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation Standard Specifications on construction sites. prereq: CMGT 3001- Introduction to the Built Environment OR relevant experience
CMGT 4193 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent project. Topic arranged with/supervised by construction management faculty. prereq: Admitted to CMgt major or minor or certificate
CMGT 4196 - Construction Management Internship
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on work experience within a construction company, applying previous coursework in the workplace, contributing knowledge of best practices, and participating in career and business development exercises. prereq: [[CMgt] major or minor or certificate student], [jr or sr], dept consent
CMGT 4215 - Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to assess condition/quality of building site, exterior/interior of facility, and building equipment. Evaluating effectiveness/efficiency of facility operations/maintenance program. What to look for during building audits. How to write professional assessment reports. How to make useful recommendations for improvements. Value/purpose of building commissioning/ re-commissioning. prereq: 3001, [4213 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 4213}, 4542, 4562
CMGT 4550 - Topics in Construction Management
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminar. Timely issues/themes in construction management.
CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using a case study approach, explores concepts of project management, decision theory, and leadership needed to solve critical, complex, and even routine problems within construction businesses and their projects. Students will be required to think critically and creatively about the possible solutions and be able to effectively articulate those solutions. It will apply all prior construction management-related coursework into a comprehensive construction and facility project management capstone intended to demonstrate mastery of the construction and facility management body of knowledge prior to graduation. prereqs: CMGT 4011, 4021, 4022, and 4031 (which may be taken concurrently with instructor permission).
SSM 4614 - Building Systems Performance: Testing & Diagnostics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: SSM 4614/SSM 5614
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theoretical basis for performance testing. Diagnostics applications for residential structures. Existing structures, retrofit/remedial applications. Digital differential pressure gauges, blower doors, airflow hoods/grids, duct pressure testing, infrared thermography. Hands-on equipment use, problem solving. prereq: SSM 3612