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Environmental Health and Safety Certificate

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Why Earn an Environmental Health and Safety Certificate?

The Environmental Health and Safety Certificate provides the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage and administer safety programs. The curriculum focuses on:

  • technical information,
  • critical thinking skills,
  • legal and ethical concepts,
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills,
  • management principles, and
  • the ability to work as a member or leader of a team.

In addition, you'll explore the complex and unique challenges facing safety professionals, such as constrained resources, increased demand for services, risk assessment, the media, and public perception.

You'll examine the interrelation of environmental health and geography, urban versus rural environments, and diverse population demographics. All these aspects—and many more—need to be considered when assessing risks and managing environmental health.


Required Courses (15 credits)
Course Title Course Number Credits
Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety CMGT 4301 3
Environmental Health Principles CMGT 4302 3
Industrial Hygiene Principles CMGT 4303 3
Fire and Life Safety Principles CMGT 4304 3
Health and Safety Planning and Management CMGT 4305 3
Electives (3 credits)
Course Title Course Number Credits
Construction Safety and Loss Control CMGT 4031 3
Building Codes for Construction Managers CMGT 4073 1
Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites CMGT 4081 1
Directed Study CMGT 4193 1–4
Construction Management Internship CMGT 4196 1
Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning CMGT 4215 2
Topics in Construction Management CMGT 4550 1–2
Construction Management Capstone CMGT 4861 3
Building Testing and Diagnostics SSM 4416 2
Or a 3xxx or higher related course as approved by the Faculty Director.    

Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

Career Outlook

With the right combination of education, soft skills, and certifications, safety professionals can expect to have a rewarding career far into the future.

  • $60KMedian salary for those with a bachelor's degree

Some positions of our graduates could include:

  • Building Inspector
  • Construction Inspector
  • Consumer Safety Inspector
  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Inspector
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Specialist

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: LaborInsights™, accessed 08/11/21.


Admission Deadlines

Fall semester | August 1
Spring semester | November 15
Summer term | April 15

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with 45 or more transferable credits and a minimum 2.5 GPA are admitted.
  • All other applicants are admitted pending successful completion of the following course with a grade of "C" or better:
    • CMGT 4301 Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (or equivalent course as approved by department)

Admission Benefits

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission; however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change).
  • receive updates about the program.
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted.
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee.

Current U of M Students

Are you a current U of M student interested in adding environmental health and safety management to your studies? We also offer a Environmental Health and Safety Management minor.

Certificate Completion

To be awarded the certificate, you should complete all required coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

If you are completing an undergraduate degree as well as a certificate, there's no need to apply for graduation for your certificate. The credentials will be awarded simultaneously.

If you are completing a certificate only, you can apply for graduation online. After you've registered for your final course in the certificate, log in to myu.umn.edu and click on Student Center under key links, then My Academics and Apply for Graduation.


To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

  • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop.
  • If you would like to take one of our courses but are a nondegree/guest student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

Frequently Asked Questions

This credential is designed to give you the core foundational knowledge to make a career change into construction management or related disciplines. It is an option for students with work experience in the field but with no previous degree who need a credential to advance in their careers. It can also be used to augment an existing degree.

The Certificate is a 19-credit University credential that can be done in 2 semesters part-time at the fastest pace, or in a longer timeline convenient to your schedule and course availability.

The BASc. degree is a 120-credit undergraduate degree that includes liberal education requirements, preparatory courses, and major coursework and takes four years full time to complete.

No, Certificate students are not eligible for student visas. International students may take the courses online from their home country without a visa.

Yes, all 19 credits will fulfill BASc. degree requirements, should you choose to apply to that program.

Four of the courses are offered in either format in different semesters, so with proper planning, you can take them in your choice of format. CMGT 4031 is not offered online, and CMGT 4073 is offered online only. CMGT 4861 Capstone can be taken from a distance and you can join the in-person class through technology.

Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, halfway through the Certificate program, students may be eligible for CCAPS scholarships (although priority is given to bachelor’s degree students) if funds are available. Also, be sure to check with your employer for tuition assistance and apply for relevant industry scholarships.

In addition to the required Certificate courses, knowledge of construction plan reading is essential. Plan reading background is a prerequisite for two of the courses, CMGT 4021 and 4022. If you do not have plan reading experience or coursework, please take a plan reading course such as CMGT 3011 – Building Construction Plan Reading (2 cr), or an equivalent course at a community college. An internship is also highly recommended (CMGT 4196 – Internship, 1 cr) to help you gain experience in the field while taking classes. As an alternative to the internship, you could pursue a special project with your employer via CMGT 4193 – Directed Study (1–3 cr).

Not every Certificate student has the same work and educational experience, so we endeavor to tailor the requirements to your skills and career objectives. We can waive courses based on previous related upper division coursework, subject to departmental approval. We can also substitute other upper division CMGT courses, including environmental health and safety and facility management courses, to meet your goals. Please talk with us to find out more about a custom course plan.

Yes, all courses will appear on a student’s U of M undergraduate academic transcript.

Certificate students are not eligible for career services because they do not pay the student service fees. However, they are invited to attend our annual career fair, use our resume book, and participate in industry events hosted by the department.

$520.50 in-state tuition per credit as of the 2021–22 academic year.

International students who have never applied to the U of M and are taking online courses from their home country will be assessed at in-state tuition of $520.50 per credit. If international residency has been previously assessed, international tuition rates will be billed.

You will need to inquire and self-report to your licensing agency. Generally speaking, university-level courses will qualify for professional development credits with most licensing agencies.

This is an academic certificate, not a technical certification. We are not a provider for any specific organizations. However, you may earn the OSHA 3 card through taking CMGT 4031 – Construction Safety and Loss Control (though the card is not required for the Construction Management Certificate).

Yes, certificates are available in Environmental Health and Safety and Facility Management.

We admit to the EHS cohort in the fall of odd years and to the FM cohort in the fall of even years. You may be able to begin studying for these certificates sooner, depending on the courses taken. Please speak with an advisor.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday, 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.