Certificate in Safety Management

Description of Program

The undergraduate Safety Management Certificate Program at Indiana University allows individuals to acquire a 24 hour certificate in Safety Management.  To be awarded the 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.  These concentrations are Health Care, Homeland Security, and 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.

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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 Southeast.

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 of prescribed certificate course work
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in courses used for this certificate
  • no pass/fail courses are allowed

Required Health and Safety Courses (15 credits)

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 credits)

Select and complete one of the following three concentrations:

Healthcare ( 9 credits)

  • 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

Homeland Security (9 credits)

  • SPH-S 302 Introduction to Homeland Security (Prereq: 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 credits)

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


Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in professional safety and health protection organizations including the student chapter of 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, educator or emergency responder.

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