Undergraduate Academic Programs


Certificate in Safety Management

Description of Program

To be awarded an undergraduate Safety Management Certificate, individuals must complete 24 hours which includes a 15-hour core of designated safety management courses and an additional 9-hour block of designated courses from one of three concentrations (Health Care, Homeland Security, or Process Safety Education). Students electing to complete a Certificate in Safety Management must initiate this process by signing up with a designated safety faculty member responsible for advising those seeking a certificate in Safety Management within the Department of Applied Health Science.


Most students pursue the Certificate in Safety Management while completing a baccalaureate degree.  However, it is possible to apply for admission to this certificate program as the sole academic objective. Students interested only in earning this certificate may apply online for undergraduate admission to Indiana University at admissions.indiana.edu.

Indiana University students wishing to add this certificate their existing academic objective must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for certificate program admission. All students interested in applying for admission to the Safety Management program should contact an SPH-B academic advisor.

School of Public Health-Bloomington
Student Services Suite
1025 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7109

Students will be notified of the admission decision via email.

Certificate Requirements

This one-year program of study is designed for the practitioner who is interested in gaining general safety and health knowledge combined with specific expertise in health care, homeland security or process safety education. See an advisor for specifics. Certificate requirements include

  • 24 successfully completed credit hours as prescribed below.
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in courses used to satisfy the requirements of this certificate.
  • A minimum 2.0 overall IU cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • No Pass/Fail courses are allowed.

Required Health and Safety Courses (15 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-S 101 Introduction to Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 151 Legal Aspects of Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 201 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 202 Fundamentals of Fire Protection (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 210 OSHA General Industry Standards (3 cr.) or SPH-S 214 OSHA Construction Standards (3 cr.)

Concentration Courses (9 cr.)
Select and complete one of the following three concentrations:

Healthcare (9 cr.)

  • SPH-S 332  Ergonomic and Human Factors (3 cr.) or SPH-S 354  Hazardous Material and Waste Control (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 336  Emergency Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S  410  Advanced Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)

Homeland Security (9 cr.)

  • SPH-S 302 Introduction to Homeland Security (P: 9 cr. 200 Level SPH-S courses) (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 336 Emergency Management   (P: SPH-S 302) (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 365 Security Issues for the Safety Professional (P: SPH-S 302) (3 cr.)

Process Safety Education (9 cr.)

  • SPH-S 354 Hazardous Material and Waste Control (P: 6 cr. SPH-S courses or instructor approval) (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 410 Advanced Industrial Hygiene (P: SPH-S 201; CHEM-C 102) (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 411 Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Analysis (P: SPH-S 410) (3 cr.)
Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in professional safety and health protection organizations including student chapters of Eta Sigma Gamma and the American Society of Safety Engineers.


According to a recent survey of American Society of Safety Engineers members, the largest employer groups are insurance, service industries, health care, business, public safety, and nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross. Typical jobs include safety technician, safety inspector, safety educator or emergency responder.

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