Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM)

Background and Purpose

Our online Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) is designed for existing safety practitioners, and is the first diploma level program offered online at this academic level. Students will find themselves stretched by new critical thinking skills, and bring a much richer professional perspective to their daily practice.

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Our 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. Demand for competent health and safety practitioners is increasing steadily and is forecast to accelerate in the future. In today’s competitive workforce, practitioners must bring not just life experience and motivation, but real, tangible educational credentials and skills.

The University of Fredericton’s School of Occupational Health and Safety is pleased to offer our Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management to augment the skills and knowledge of graduates of our online Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) program or recognized equivalent. Students will begin the diploma program with pre-existing skills in incident causation theory, risk assessment and physical workplace controls as typically achieved through a certificate-level program.

This online diploma will not only add to your existing skills, but stretch your breadth and depth of health and safety knowledge, increase your critical thinking skills, and help separate you from others in the Safety, Health and Environmental Management vocation.

Interested in your CRSP Designation?

The University of Fredericton (UFred) is excited to offer an innovative CRSP Pathway to students seeking to obtain the CRSP designation. Students would enrol in the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Management (CHSEP) and then proceed through the Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM). UFred has mapped current educational offerings to meet the requirements of the CRSP, which came into effect July 1, 2018, and will continue with future competencies and degrees.

The Online Experience

Our online Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management is the first OSH-related diploma that is offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction. This delivery method provides the student with a quality educational experience that appeals to a wide range of learning styles.

Students can expect:

  • It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives is provided via Internet delivery with the exception of required textbooks.
  • Sponsoring agents realize substantial savings in training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.
  • Interaction with fellow students is enabled through chat rooms, online forums and live synchronous sessions.


Students can expect to complete our online Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management program in about 16 months assuming they enroll in one course at a time. Students may choose to take two courses simultaneously, if available and provided prerequisites requirements have been met. which could shorten the duration of the program.

Prior Learning Assessments

Through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, potential participants of the SHEM program have an opportunity to receive acknowledged course completion for related previous learning.

Read more about PLAs and whether or not you may be eligible here.



Program Outline and Courses

Our diploma program has six core courses and two electives. Students may choose the electives that interest them most.

SHEM 111 – Organizational Dynamics

Understanding the nature of work and organizational dynamics is the foundation for leadership, change and high performance. Although this topic has been well studied, the elements that separate high performing organizations from low performing ones still remains elusive. This course will walk through the nature of work and ask the fundamental “why” do organizations exist in their current structure and how to leverage that knowledge in every aspect of management. This course looks at organizations from their outermost structures through to their innermost inherent beliefs that guide behaviors and create culture. This course offers students an opportunity to be exposed to a number of topics related to Organizational Dynamics and provides an understanding of Organizational Behaviour

ERG 112 – Ergonomics Foundations

Ergonomics is concerned with the design of systems to optimize human well being as well as the system. Yet many Occupational Health and Safety practitioners are often faced with ergonomics issues as they deal with negative outcomes from poor physical design of workstations and workplaces. This course will focus on the issues that may arise from un-ergonomic design of the workplace. The primary concern of the course will be on preventing work related musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries and upper extremity repetitive strain injuries.

SHEM 113 – Psycho-Social Hazards

Taught from the perspective of a senior social worker, this course has been adapted from one taught by this instructor at Dalhousie University over the years. Although highlighting many of the normal elements of the subject, the social orientation of the content is refreshing, and helps students understand the subject from a more human, less sterile perspective.

SHEM 114 – Environmental Management

Environmental management has been merging in to general safety management practice since at least the early ’90’s. Successful safety management requires that practitioners grasp foundational principles of ecology as they relate to industrial and public operations across sectors and jurisdictions.

SHEM 115 – Risk Assessment

This course is designed to train practitioners of occupational health and safety how to organize and develop risk assessment processes in the workplace in order to reduce accidents and incidents. The course describes techniques in identifying hazards and applying factors to assess risk and determine a course of action.

IDMP 311 – Disability Management Introduction

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course introduces an interdisciplinary approach to the concepts and practices of disability management, and addresses how to design, implement, and market an effective integrated disability management program.

Diploma Elective Courses

(Select Two)

ERG 221 – Advanced Ergonomics

This course is designed to train sophisticated practitioners of occupational health and safety how to coordinate ergonomics activities for the prevention and reduction of musculoskeletal disorders. Using standard ergonomics assessment tools and thresholds provides participants with the skills and knowledge to conduct ergonomics assessments of computer workstations and industrial tasks, implement effective ergonomic solutions, and educate and train in ergonomics issues.

(prerequisite ERG 112)

IDMP 312 – Disability Management Essential Program Elements

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course builds on the materials addressed in IDMP 311 and covers topics such as OH&S professionals – their roles and contributions to disability management, an overview of ergonomics, stakeholder education and training in disability management (2 sessions), joint labour-management support and involvement in an integrated disability management program, advanced program evaluation, legal aspects (an advanced perspective) of disability management, and effective workplace attendance support and assistance programs.

(prerequisite IDMP 311)

IDMP 315 – Effective Communication and Interviewing

Effective disability management relies on open communication and the understanding of complex personal dynamics. Through effective communication and advanced interviewing skills disability managers gain critical insight into case dynamics. This course focuses on developing those important communication channels and instilling individuals with the necessary interviewing skills.

SHEM 222 – Modern Training Systems

This course assumes the learner has already acquired knowledge and skill in the design and delivery of effective training, including: adult learning principles, learning needs analysis, the curriculum development process, learning assessment, learning/training styles, etc. An excellent precursor to this course is CHSE0400 – Effective Workplace Training. But, just so you know, this course isn’t really about all of that “stuff.”

Instead, Modern Training Systems is an attempt to pull students up out of the trenches of the training world so they may get a higher level view of the dynamic, rapidly changing training industry of today. The hope is that this course will help equip students to create and sustain effective training enterprises – big or small. And … since this is a very big, dynamic field, lot of ground will be covered in this course.

SHEM 224 – Canadian OHS Law

Taught by Canada’s leading OHS lawyer, this Course will provide students with an excellent Introduction to Canadian Health & Safety Law. Students will learn the essential elements of the Canadian legal system, it application to OHS law, and the setting, communication and enforcement of OHS legal standards. Case studies, practical application of the law, and understanding how the law relates to OHS management systems will all be important themes throughout all the course modules. A review of the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal code will also be covered.

Upcoming Start Dates

Application Deadline Course Start
February 3, 2020 March 2, 2020
April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020

Awards and Recognition

The School of Occupational Health and Safety at UFred was selected as a Readers’ Choice award winner in Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine. To read the full Readers Choice Awards edition of Canadian Occupational Safety, click here.



The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is offering the SHEM diploma program as an extension of their current professional development offerings. Other professional recognitions will be posted as they are approved in the coming months. All diploma curricula are reviewed by a panel of senior safety practitioners and adult educators.

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