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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

College of Education and Professional Studies

Safety and Health Management Minor/Certificate

About the Safety and Health Management Minor or Certificate 

If you are passionate about creating hazard-free work environments, identifying and controlling risks, and preventing worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, then this program is right for you.  By pursuing a degree focused on health, safety, and management, you are taking the next step to gain the skills and knowledge to be successful in the context of a variety of industries.  Here at Central, we support your dreams, both academic and professional.

Safety & Health Management students working together

Why Study Safety and Health Management at Central? 

Considering which health and safety degree is right for you?  This minor or certificate will enhance a wide variety of majors and will equip you with practical applications of preparedness and management strategies.  Learn about topics ranging from emergency planning to incident analysis from highly trained faculty in state of the art facilities. 

Degree Explanation

The SHM minor and certificate applications are accepted throughout the year, and typically the students start in the fall quarter.  The minor and certificate are offered on the Ellensburg, WA campus.  Any CWU student interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the SHM minor and certificate. For details about the application procedures, please contact our ETSC department.

For information regarding admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.  For information regarding cost, please visit the registrar. There may also be additional fees applied on laboratory-based courses.

Students should complete the requirements for the minor and certificate with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the coursework. 

A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the SHM Minor and Certificate. 

Course Number Course Title Credits
SHM 301 Fundamentals of Safety and Health Management 3
SHM 323 Construction Safety and Health 3
or or  
SHM 325 General Industry Safety and Health 3
SHM 351 Incident Analysis 3
SHM 353 Risk and Insurance 4
SHM 371 Emergency Planning and Preparedness 4
SHM 474 Safety and Health Management Systems 4
  Total Credits (21)

Careers and Outcomes

Upon completing your minor or certificate in Safety and Health Management, you will be prepared to: 

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms. 
  • Recognize the need to engage in life-long learning in a chosen professional career. 
  • Describe the fundamental aspects of safety and health management. 
  • Identify and apply standards, regulations, codes, and guidelines associated with the safety and health management discipline. 
  • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices. 
  • Explain the purpose and operation of insurance. 
  • Develop a workplace emergency management plan. 
  • Design and evaluate an organization’s safety management system using ISO 45001. 
  • Complete safety management training by applying adult learning theories. 
  • Conduct an incident investigation and analysis. 

Job opportunities exist in all occupational settings, including construction, consulting, government, hospitals, insurance, risk management, manufacturing, and retail.  Alumni of the program have gone on to utilize their skills to pursue careers in a variety of fields.

The SHM minor and certificate may be used in combination with many majors to enhance your career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. It compliments majors in numerous fields, including but not limited to: 

Questions? Contact us. 

Michael Andler, MSET, CHST, CIT, CRIS
Program Coordinator

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