School of Occupational Health and Safety

Relevant, fully-online health and safety education

The School of Occupational Health and Safety programs are designed to enhance opportunities for career pursuits or advancements by offering high quality applied-practices programs in specialized managerial, professional, technical, and service areas.

All program courses are fully-online, practical, and facilitated by experts in their respective fields. Our programs will enhance your health and safety leadership skills and help you add value to your organization in real-time.

Why should safety practitioners invest in professional development?

Safety is now recognized as an essential component of an organization’s overall health. Employers need safety advisors who can not only provide credible advice on central questions like safety program design, operational risk assessment, incident investigation and analysis, environmental management, and more. Without formal academic and professional credentials, safety professionals may now find themselves to be at a distinct disadvantage.

Modern safety practitioners who continuously pursue knowledge through OHS education have a healthier understanding of larger questions around corporate culture, relationship based leadership, the significance of leadership in an OHS role, and stakeholder engagement than in the past.


Certificate in Health, Safety & Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

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The online CHSEP program is unique among other OSH certificate programs, in that, its focus is on the essential process skills required to succeed as an OSH practitioner in your jurisdiction, rather than just focusing on the technical aspects of the field.


Diploma in Integrated Disability Management (DIDM)

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A Diploma in Integrated Disability Management is a management tool aimed at the mitigation of workplace illness and injury, as well as prevention.



Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM)

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The online SHEM program will provide students with the knowledge required to develop, implement, and evaluate occupational health and safety programs and systems in the workplace.


Certificate in Ergonomics

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This Certificate will equip graduates with ergonomic skills to enable them to address MSD issues in their workplace, as well as enabling effective prevention programs to minimize MSD risks.


Certificate in Applied Ergonomics

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This Certificate will equip graduates with ergonomic skills to enable them to address MSD issues in their workplace, as well as enabling effective prevention programs to minimize MSD risks.

Additionally, there is a guided practicum that enables learners to produce an original and relevant ergonomics program or project for application in their own unique working environment.

Applied Ergonomics

Certificate in Disability Management

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The online Certificate in Integrated Disability Management (CIDM) is designed to introduce an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the concepts and practices of disability management.

Disability Management


Benefits of Online Delivery

Our fully-online delivery allows for us to offer our programs to a student-base of working professionals who have career, family, and other commitments. The ability to study while maintaining your career allows you to apply the principles and strategies learned in our courses to your workplace in real-time. Our online campus is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can learn at your convenience.

Background & Purpose

UFred has long prided itself on being a leading educator of OHS professionals in Canada and abroad through our fully-online curriculum. With an emphasis on process-based learning and skills, our programs have been specifically designed help enhance your ability to apply OHS knowledge to any workplace environment you may find yourself in while simultaneously enhancing your workplace leadership abilities.

Developed in consultation with an extensive number of leading OHS professionals, our programs help students learn to identify, prioritize, and manage workplace risks, poising them to more effectively contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of their organizations.

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