Global Program in Occupational Health Practice (GPOHP)
is an internet-based, instructor-led
distance-learning program for professionals in either occupational
health services or occupational hygiene. The Great Lakes Center, a World
Health Organization Collaborating Center, within the University of
Illinois Chicago houses the Program. After 7 years, GPOHP has
successfully certified more than 100 professionals from around the globe.
What is the goal of the Program?
The program teaches competencies focusing on practical
and immediately usable skills. The
recognition and prevention of occupational diseases, control of
occupational risks and prevention of accidents are the main focus of
It specifically addresses company-level competencies
so that health professionals will effectively contribute to the
protection of employees and the goals of companies.
We would be happy to see you in the program!
Linda Forst, MD, MPH
Click here to view our brochure and learn even more about the Program.
Occupational Health Practice
Courses: 801, 802A, & 803
For physicians and nurses who deliver occupational health services to companies or governments
Occupational Hygiene Practice
Courses: 801, 802B, & 803
For engineers, managers, and technicians who work in occupational safety, health, and hygiene
Foundations of Occupational Safety, Health & Hygiene Practice
Sep 5 - Nov 13, 2016
Occupational Medicine & Health Surveillance
Jan 2 - Mar 12, 2017
Occupational Hygiene & Engineering Risk Control
Jan 2 - Mar 12, 2017
Management of Occupational Safety, Health & Hygiene Programs
Mar 27 - Jun 4, 2017
Participants will receive a "Certificate" of successful completion
for each individual course. After completion of all three courses,
participants will receive the "Global Certificate in Occupational Health
Practice" from the School of Public Health, at the University of
Illinois Chicago (UIC), USA.
Occupational Health Certification
Participants can also receive 100 Continuing Medical Education credits. View our flyer to learn more.
Occupational Hygiene Certification
Participants can also receive credits towards the "International Occupational Hygiene Certificate-Intermediate Level" of OHTA (Occupational Hygiene Training Association).
Terms and Conditions of Use
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The program is completely online and asynchronous.
It uses a web-based content management and teaching platform. No visit
on campus or out-of-country travel is required.
The course uses a web-based content management and
teaching platform. Participants need to access the internet weekly. The
internet will be intensively used to search and find information to
solve company problems. However, as some participants might not have a
broadband connection, efforts will be made to provide the course
material and the assignments in suitable way for slower internet
Capacity for scanning, email, up-load of digital
pictures is therefore required. Participants need to be able to scan
documents, send emails, produce short videos and up-load digital
This training can be done while working full time.
The program requires approximately 10 hours per week on average for
reading, practical exercises and assignments.
Participants need to be proficient in English as
all teaching and communication is conducted in English. However
participants can return their completed assignments and communicate with
faculty in English and Spanish.
The program uses a professional, academic web-based
content management and teaching platform. Course modules provide reading
assignments, point to resources on the internet, and give practical
assignments to strengthen competencies and skills. Instructors provide
individual feedback to each participant on her or his quality of work
and suggest specific improvements.
Group discussions on the course website for exchange of
experiences and optional live chats provide a creative environment for
interactive and challenging learning.
Participants have access to thousands of
professional journals via the online university library. Extensive
resource pages with links to standards, guidelines, professional
organizations and legislation will be part of the professional course
Assessment will be done with a portfolio technique,
which includes a mixture of products that a participant needs to create
to pass, such as assignments, checklists, reports (e.g. workplace
evaluations) and online tests.
A final project paper is not required for the completion of the programs in Occupational Health or Occupational Hygiene.
However, if a participant wants to work on a project to address a
specific problem in his or her company, the participant will receive
individual coaching and supervision for the project. An average workload
of about 80 to 100 hours for such a project is assumed. After
completion, the participant will get the addition of "passed with
distinction" in his or her final certificate or the already issued
certificate of completion will be amended. For the additional individual
coaching a supplemental fee will be charged, see the fees section.
A participant who wants to get the “International Occupational Hygiene Certificate, Intermediate Level”
of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) in addition to
the UIC certificate needs to complete a project paper besides other
requirements (see Certificates below).
Material is available as computer based files. Medical personnel must purchase an Occupational Medicine textbook.
For a project in Occupational Hygiene, participants need to have
access to instruments and measurement equipment, such as a noise level
meter, sampling pumps, sampling media, analytical instruments or
direct-reading instruments. Not all of these instruments are required
for each project.
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