The Certificate in Total Worker Health® (TWH) is designed for current public health students and working professionals who want to champion TWH initiatives. TWH is an emerging field that integrates worker safety, health and well-being to create more supportive, productive work environments. In this flexible, online program, you’ll learn how to assess organizational culture, plan and evaluate health and safety programs, and become better leaders.

The skills you’ll gain in this program can be applied to virtually any industry — from architecture to healthcare — and a variety of job roles — from small business owner to wellness coordinators. This program will prepare you to become a TWH leader in any organization, whether it’s large or small, public or private, based in an office or out in the field.

Renowned faculty from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and the Center for Health Work & Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) created and direct this program. CHWE is one of six Centers of Excellence for TWH supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Total Worker Health Certificate

Offered By:

Colorado School of Public Health


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Application Deadlines

  • Application deadline for summer start: February 15
  • Application deadline for spring start: October 15

Program Details

This certificate is a great fit for those who want to:

  • Advance their career through an online degree program
  • Learn how to develop and manage TWH initiatives
  • Gain skills in workplace health and safety, communication, program planning and program evaluation

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in TWH, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply health behavior, leadership and organizational change theories and intervention approaches in workplace settings
  • Identify evidence-based, practical policy and programmatic strategies for organizations adopting a TWH framework
  • Design, implement and evaluate TWH systems and programs
  • Communicate business cases and value propositions for implementing a TWH approach in a workplace

You may complete the certificate prior to or concurrently with the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. If you intend to pursue an MPH after completing the certificate program, you must formally apply and complete all of the admissions requirements of the MPH program. Up to 21 certificate credits can be applied towards the MPH degree.

Why ColoradoSPH?

At the ColoradoSPH, we draw on the expertise of faculty and staff from not just one, but three leading universities — the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Our faculty, staff and students work together to reach underserved populations, share knowledge and conduct research. That spirit of collaboration extends beyond university walls and into the communities we serve. We don't believe in research just for research's sake. We're taking what we're learning and applying it in the real world, in real-time. Our students and alumni are advancing health policies locally, studying diseases in rural communities abroad, and practicing public health in countless other ways.

Join a community of people who think outside the box and care as much as you do.

Choose your adventure at the ColoradoSPH. Change the world, your way.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Financing Your Education

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Financial aid is managed and awarded to students through the University of Colorado Denver Office of Financial Aid.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The WRGP helps students access graduate education outside of their home state without paying the high price tag of an out-of-state education. Students who are residents of WRGP member states and territories may qualify for in-state tuition. Members include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


The ColoradoSPH offers a limited number of scholarships to incoming and current students. Incoming students are considered for merit scholarships based on the information presented within their application to the school. Amounts vary year to year.

For more information, please visit the financing your education page on the ColoradoSPH website.


The Certificate in TWH takes two semesters, on average, and can be completed fully online. The certificate requires 15 credits and six online courses.


Application Deadlines:
February 15: summer start
October 15: spring start

To apply, you must complete the SOPHAS Express application. The application typically opens two months prior to the deadline. In addition to the SOPHAS Express application, you must also submit official transcripts, a personal statement, a resume or CV, and one letter of recommendation.

ColoradoSPH does not require the GRE for the certificate, MPH or DrPH programs. For more information about how to apply, as well as international admissions requirements, please visit the certificate requirements page on the ColoradoSPH website.

Career Outlook

Because this program is all about health, safety and well-being in the workplace, anyone who is working, or plans to work, can benefit from this program. As a student, you’ll gain expertise in workplace health and safety that can be applied in a variety of industries and jobs.

The ColoradoSPH Office of Career Services offers career advising and connects students with alumni and potential employers. Their services are available to both online and in-person students as well as alums.

Required Courses
EHOH 6628 - Health Promotion & Health Protection in the Workplace
EHOH 6634 - Spectrums of Professions Protecting & Promoting Worker Health
EHOH 6639 - Occupational Health Psychology: Improving Health and Well-Being at Work
EHOH 6614 - Intro to Environmental and Occupational Health
EHOH 6629 - Intro to Occupational Safety & Ergonomics (Intro to Workplace Health Protection)
EHOH 6638 - Communication Skills for Public Health Impact