Occupational and Environmental Health Certificate

The graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) program will provide the knowledge and skills to enable students to apply fundamental scientific principles of exposure assessment and mitigation to environmental problems.  Completion will ensure students with undergraduate science degrees that educational requirements will have been met to permit students to sit for the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) examination.

The COEH is designed as a 12-credit part-time program that will build core competency.  This program will enable students to integrate scientific exposure assessment through occupational hygiene and safety science methods, assess toxicologic information about disease outcomes, and develop and apply interventions to reduce exposure to occupational and environmental hazards including in the workplace, the community, and the larger environment. 

For more information, please visit the program website at:   http://coeh.georgetown.edu

Degrees Offered

  • Certificate program

Application Deadlines

Fall  2017

January 15, 2017- priority deadline

April 15, 2017- final deadline

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Please be sure to review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Post-Secondary Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3) (including from current/prospective chiefs/chairs and research mentors if relevant).
  • TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)

Non-Native English Speakers and International Applicants

Please note these additional requirements:

  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluation of foreign degrees and coursework – applicants must have earned the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their native language is not English. A minimum score of 100 (iBT test) is required.  This requirement will be waived if applicant received a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction.  Please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English.

Additional Admissions Information

In addition, although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, admission requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree with sufficient science, technology, engineering or mathematical coursework to prepare student for graduate level work, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but students who have taken either the GRE or MCAT may submit their scores (GRE reporting code: 5244).

Select candidates will be invited to a group interview day, after complete applications have been reviewed.

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address: 

Georgetown University
School of Nursing & Health Studies – St. Mary’s Hall
COEH Program
Box 571107
Washington, DC 20057-1107


Terms:  2 term program
Credits:  12 credits
Part-time Option:  Yes


Upon successful completion of the Certificate, all graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze and synthesize information from primary studies to identify existing and emerging human health threats
  • Identify and evaluate occupational and environmental exposures, including those from air and water
  • Assess and quantify risks from occupational/environmental hazards, including those in air, water and soil using appropriate scientific principles and theories
  • Develop, implement and evaluate specific interventions to limit adverse human health effects from occupational/environmental hazards
  • Explore ethical perspectives and practice in all areas of occupational and environmental health;
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral risk communication skills
  • Describe relevant occupational and environmental regulations
  • Demonstrate appropriate complex analytical equipment – both laboratory and field-based


  • Principles of Occupational Hygiene (3 credits)
  • Occupational Toxicology (2 credits)
  • Safety Science (1 credit)
  • Advanced Occupational Hygiene & Environmental Management (3 credits)
  • Risk Assessment, Communication, and Prevention (2 credits)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Law (1 credit)

For more information on degree requirements, please visit the program website at: http://coeh.georgetown.edu




Sarah Shohet
Email: sjs266@georgetown.edu
Tel:  (202) 687-4671

St. Mary’s Hall
Box 571107
3700 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, DC  20057-1107