Graduate Academic Programs

Graduate Certificates

Online Graduate Certificate in Safety Management

Description of Program

The online graduate Certificate in Safety Management will enhance expertise in safety management for working professionals, and provide advanced knowledge and skills to students with an undergraduate degree in safety.


The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington exclusively accepts applications for admission to this certificate program through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at Graduate certificate program admission is through a streamlined version of the SOPHAS application, called SOPHAS Express. The application for fall 2021 admission will be available through the SOPHAS on August 18, 2020. Be sure to thoroughly read all directions in the SOPHAS Express application. Please contact SOPHAS at, if you have questions regarding their online application.

In addition to completion and submission of the SOPHAS application, all applicants must also complete and submit the Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application at Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application. This supplemental application is brief and will not cost applicants any additional fees. This duplication of application information is required for admission. The Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application requires completion of an "Application Information" section. In the drop-down box for "Academic Program," select Public Health-Bloomington Nondegree for certificate program admission. In the drop-down box for academic plan, select Online Graduate Certificate in Safety Management.

Deadlines to apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Safety program:
  • Spring 2021 deadline is December 15, 2020
  • Summer 2021 deadline is April 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021 deadline is August 1, 2021
For answers to questions about our degree and certificate programs, our Indiana University Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, or your complete SOPHAS Express application, please contact our Director of Admissions, Nelda Montemayor, at nmontema [at] indiana [dot] edu.

For more information about this certificate program, you may contact:

  • Dr. Lesa Huber
    Department of Applied Health Science
    Indiana University
    1025 East 7th Street, SPH 116
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Phone: (812) 855-1733
    E-mail: lehuber [at] indiana [dot] edu

Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Huber before applying for admission to this program. Students will be notified of the admission decision by SPH Office of Graduate Admissions.

Certificate Requirements (12 cr.)

Students in the Certificate program must be admitted to or currently enrolled at Indiana University. The certificate requires 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum cumulative GPA in certificate courses of 3.0.

Complete the following courses (12 cr.):

  • SPH-S 502 Instructional Strategies for Safety Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 513 Safety Management in Business and Industry (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 610 Occupational Risk Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 632 Safety and Health Program Design (3 cr.)
Special Opportunities

Students do not need to be in residence in Bloomington to complete any part of this certificate. All of the coursework is online and may be completed at a distance.


The online graduate Certificate in Safety Management prepares safety professionals for a variety of functions; they must have a broad knowledge of various fields. Some of the major functions performed include safety training, accident investigation, audits and inspections, hazard analysis, fire protection, compliance, machine guarding, and emergency preparedness. According to a recent survey of American Society of Safety Professionals, the largest employer groups are manufacturing, construction, consulting firms, insurance, service industries, health care, transportation, utilities, and nonprofit and government organizations.

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