Help people stay safe in the workplace.

Professionals who identify health risks, prevent accidents and maintain safety regulations in the workplace are in high demand. This program focuses on the latest dynamics of employee health and safety needs and the environmental impact of the workplace. Whether you are already working in the field and want to specialize in environmental and occupational health or are looking for a career in a diverse and in-demand field, this program is for you.

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Program description

In the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) certificate program, you'll learn how to identify health risks, prevent serious accidents and maintain safety regulations in the workplace. This online certificate program is one of the leading health and safety training programs in Canada, teaching you valuable skills and expanding your career options in many areas, such as:

  • health and safety program management
  • emergency management
  • environmental protection
  • ergonomics
  • hazardous waste management
  • occupational hygiene

The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) approves the University of Victoria’s certificate program in Environmental and Occupational Health as having met eligibility requirements for the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification. There are a number of factors BCRSP measures in their certification process including previous education and work experience, which means some of our students also meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) certification. We continue to advise our students to connect with BCRSP to ensure their education choices satisfy the certification requirements.

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The StrongerBC future skills grant is now available in 2024 (January to March) for midstream learners. For more information and eligibility criteria, view the grant details.

Program features

  • The flexibility of online learning – allows you to learn from anywhere, in a format that supports the opportunity to continue working while pursuing your studies
  • Flexible program schedule fits into your lifestyle
  • The opportunity to learn from respected, real-world industry professionals
  • Learner support – you will be supported along the way by an administrative and technical support team who will ensure you get the help you need to succeed

Program outcomes

  • Identify a wide spectrum of issues relating to the expanding field of environmental health
  • Anticipate and manage emerging environmental health issues and develop strategies to assess and communicate risks
  • Identify effects of toxic substances on health and the environment, and implement appropriate environmental control measures
  • Develop and implement programs to improve health and safety in the work environment

Who is this program for?

The Environmental and Occupational Health program is aimed at:

  • individuals working in the fields of environment, health or related occupations who want to have specialized environmental, occupational and health training
  • those seeking employment in the private or public sectors where there is an increasing concern for employee health and the protection of the environment
  • those looking for a change in career to a rapidly expanding field and wishing to get a professional certificate
  • managers in environmental and occupational health who are seeking continuing professional education
  • those who would find a program in environmental health personally rewarding

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Safety and Environment Inspector
  • Senior Safety Consultant
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Occupational Health Supervisor
  • Occupational Hygiene Inspector


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Courses and fees

Successful completion of eight courses: four core courses and four electives.

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Program planning

A different selection of courses are offered every term. To see upcoming offerings, please view the anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions


Graduation information

Students who have completed the program should submit the following online form: Application to graduate.
A PDF version of the form is also available: Application to graduate (PDF).

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $150.00
Four required courses ($695 per course, early registration) $2,780.00
Four elective courses ($695 per course, early registration) $2,780.00
Estimated Total $5,710.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

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Application information

Admission requirements

You need one of the following to be eligible for admission:

  • a university degree (or relevant professional qualifications) and three years of work experience
  • high school graduation and five years of work experience
  • any combination of equivalent education and work experience

English language requirement for international students

International students must also meet the requirements above. In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL 90 on the online test or 575 on the paper-based test, with no section less than 20 or academic IELTS 6.5, with no individual component less than 6.0).

How to apply

Use the online application form, with secure credit card payment, by clicking the Apply Online button.

If you prefer to mail/fax your application, download and print the PDF version and mail to:

Environmental and Occupational Health Program
Division of Continuing Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC, V8W 2Y2

Or fax to: 250-721-8774

StrongerBC future skills grant

The StrongerBC future skills grant is now available in 2024 (January to March) for midstream learners. For more information and eligibility criteria, view the grant details.

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