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Graduate Degree Programs

Organization Development and Change: Occupational Safety and Health

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

William J Rothwell
310B Kelly Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-2581
Fax: 814-863-7532

Accidents in the workforce and educational environments are metaphorically similar to a line of falling dominos. As one incident occurs, it has the ability to trigger a harmful chain reaction. Therefore the Organization Development and Change, Occupational Safety and Health Certificate Program is designed to assist workforce development professionals in building the skills and abilities needed to create and support workplaces and educational environments that are free of occupational safety and health hazards. Emphasis is placed on leadership development to promote detection, analysis, and correction of unsafe workplace conditions and procedures. To be awarded the Certificate in Organization Development and Change: Occupational Safety and Health, students must successfully complete 12 credits of coursework in the required courses listed below.

Admission Requirements:


An applicant for the graduate certificate program must hold either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Additionally, all international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

Required Courses

WF ED 572 Foundations in Organization Development and Change (3)
WF ED 573 Needs Assessment for Workforce Development Professionals (3)
WF ED 411 Occupational Safety and Health for Workforce Education and Development Professionals (3)
WF ED 806 Program and Facilities Management for Workforce Development Professionals (3)

Effective Semester: Spring 2016

Expiration Semester: SPring 2021


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