Health and wellness in the workplace are essential as employees spend more and more time at their places of employment. Workers who feel supported by their employer’s safety and wellness policies and practices are likely to be more productive in their jobs. Mercyhurst’s unique, multidisciplinary Workplace Wellness graduate certificate prepares students to develop, implement, and assess programs and policies that improve workforce well-being, as well as providing hands-on opportunities to apply these skills. 

Program Overview

  • Options: Graduate certificate
  • Location(s): Online
  • Credits: 12
  • Duration: Minimum 9 months
  • Cost: $440 per credit; $5,280 total
  • Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Start term(s): Fall (preferred) or Spring semesters
  • Careers: Educators, human resource managers, exercise science professionals

Our Workplace Wellness graduate certificate will provide students experience in developing and implementing workplace wellness and safety policies. These evidenced-based programs focus on health promotion behaviors including physical activity, healthy eating, and management of chronic illnesses to ensure that employees are represented and supported. A wide range of wellness initiatives in the workplace are covered to provide students with a holistic understanding of health.

As part of our Organizational Leadership program, the Workplace Wellness graduate certificate also fosters hands-on collaboration, effective communication, and strong leadership skills. Those currently working as educators, human resource managers, exercise science professionals or anyone who works in a corporate or nonprofit setting would benefit from this graduate program. Credits taken for this certificate can be applied to the Organizational Leadership master’s program

Course Requirements

Prospective students looking to earn a quick credential or ease into graduate school can opt for the four-course, 12-credit graduate certificate in Workplace Wellness. This program can be completed in as little as 9 months. Those credits can then be applied to the master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, should you choose to continue your education.

  • PUBH 501: Occupational Health 
  • PUBH 502: Emergency Preparedness 
  • PUBH 503: Workplace Wellness Programs
  • PUBH 504: Wellness Program Evaluation

PUBH 501: Occupational Health 

Occupational health focuses on workplace safety, health, and welfare of employees in different positions within an organization. In this course, students will learn federal, state, and county rules and regulations governing aspects of occupational health. Students will identify policies that govern occupational and environmental workplace safety as well as identify areas for improvement. 

PUBH 502: Emergency Preparedness 

In this course, students learn key components of a workplace emergency preparedness plan. Students will create or improve the emergency preparedness plan of an organization of their choice and develop a training session for employees about how to respond in emergency situations including communicable diseases, fire, active shooting situations, and natural disasters. 

PUBH 503: Workplace Wellness Programs

This course educates students on the need for and methods to promote a healthier and more productive work environment. Students will conduct a needs assessment at their own workplace and develop a policy proposal for their organization—including an implementation plan, budget, and resources needed. 

PUBH 504: Wellness Program Evaluation

Grounded in a workplace-based project, this course enables students to develop and conduct workplace program evaluations. Students will learn to identify and implement the best evaluation design based on effectiveness, employee satisfaction, impact, and/or implementation progress. Evaluation skills enable professionals to develop and adapt evidence-based practices and acquire further funding.

Admissions Requirements

Prospective applicants for the Workplace Wellness graduate certificate must fulfill the following admissions requirements. At the discretion of the director of the Workplace Wellness graduate program, acceptance may be granted to applicants who have not fulfilled all the admissions requirements provided they agree to the conditions of the acceptance prescribed by the director.

Admissions decisions are made by the program director on a rolling basis after a holistic review. Applicants can choose to start in either the Fall (preferred) or Spring semesters. 

  • Completed (free) online application
  • A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited school with a preferred overall minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you’ve attended. 
  • A 300- to 500-word personal statement outlining your reasons for enrolling and personal and professional goals. 
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional or academic source (such as an employer or professor).
  • International applicants whose records are written in a language other than English must have their documents translated into English and a notarized statement attesting to the accuracy of the translations.
  • International applicants whose primary language is not English must attain a TOEFL score of at least 79 on the internet-based exam OR an IELTS score of at least 6.5 OR a Duolingo English Test score of no less than 100.

Cost and Financial Aid

Mercyhurst graduate programs are competitively priced. Our goals it to provide you with an education that earns you an excellent return on your investment.

Tuition for the graduate certificate in Workplace Wellness is $440 per credit (2022-23 school year rates), with an estimated total program cost of $5,280. 

Learn more about available financial aid for graduate programs including:

  • Graduate Assistant (GA) positions
  • Graduate Employment (GE) positions
  • Corporate partner tuition rates
  • Veteran benefits
  • Employer reimbursement
  • Federal Direct Loans

Contact Us

Maria Beatriz Torres, Ph.D., MPH, CHP, M.A.
Chair, Department of Public Health
Office: Hirt 312D
Phone: 814-824-3864
Email: mtorres@mercyhurst.edu

Colleen Hordych
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Phone: 814-824-2297
Email: chordych@mercyhurst.edu

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