Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety

 The OHS Diploma is an advanced program designed to develop leaders in the area of health and safety with a mixture of business management skills and specialized technical health and safety skills.

The intent of the program is to broaden managerial skills as well as deepening technical skills. A differentiating theme throughout all courses will be a focus on “system thinking” rather than “incident thinking”.

The Diploma consists of four core Management courses that focus on giving the broad understanding of business, leadership, communications, workplace training, and decision-making.  Four additional elective courses must be taken, selected from eight courses on specific technical topics in Occupational Health & Safety.

The workload for each course is expected to be about thirty hours of student engagement, in learning online content, reading additional referenced materials, doing self-checks, assignments, and module exams.

Who should attend?

UNB's OHS Diploma is designed for supervisors, managers, and OHS leaders.  It includes advanced programming in Occupational Health & Safety as well as courses in leadership, business, management, and special topics specifically developed for CRSP and OHS Certificate holders.


A valid CRSP designation or a UNB approved OHS Certificate program.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Unique Online Format

The OHS Diploma is available in a completely online, self-paced learning format that fits your schedule. When you enroll in the Diploma, you can be assured that UNB staff will be there to meet your unique needs. Please click on any of the links on this page to view information about this program, pricing, request more information or to apply.

Benefits of the OHS Diploma Program

Gain solid knowledge and skills related to OHS management positions.

  • UNB’s program is fully online, which provides no restrictions to where you learn and no associated travel costs.

  • UNB’s program has been developed and is instructed by certified and experienced health and safety professionals and subject matter experts.

  • The UNB program is self-paced so you learn at your own speed.

  • UNB is leader in online OHS education.

  • Instructional guidance is available with the click of a mouse.

Fees and Schedule

The diploma can be taken one course at a time, at an introductory cost of $645 per course; students have thirteen weeks to complete each course. Students have up to two years to complete the diploma.

Course Descriptions

DOHS 4110 - Effective Communication

Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

To bring awarenessto the importance of OHS and maintain a safe workplace, OHS professionals must be able to listen actively, think critically, speak persuasively, and deliver messages effectively. This requires a solid understanding of the different stakeholders and an ability to address their different needs and concerns. This course explores the role of communications concerning OHS in organizations, with an emphasis on negotiation and facilitation as tools to manage the OHS function more effectively.


  1. Influencing Organizational Stakeholders

  2. Communicating the Value of OHS

  3. Relevant Messages and Presentations

  4. Facilitating Meetings and Information Sessions

  5. Communicating Essential Feedback

  6. Negotiating on Behalf of an OHS Culture

DOHS 4130 - Human Performance Leadership

 Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

The success of organizations depends in large part on their commitment to effective leadership, which in turn leads to the overall performance of the organization. Effective leaders contribute to the success of their organization by driving productivity and growth, and building talent.

This course is aimed at OHS professionals who are transitioning into a management position with a higher level of responsibilities and who wish to sharpen their leadership skills. It does so by providing tools and strategies to motivate employees, build partnerships, manage change and deliver results at the individual, team and organizational levels.


  1. Role of Leadership

  2. Emotional and Authentic Leadership

  3. Employee Commitment and Engagement

  4. Continuous Improvement and Innovation

  5. Leading High Performance Teams

DOHS 4140 - Effective Workplace Training

 Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

To be able to educate the company's employees on matters of OHS, safety professionals need to be skilled and knowledgeable in effective methods and techniques to plan, develop, conduct, and evaluate adult education and training programs. With this knowledge, the safety professional can support formal training and on-the-job coaching. The skills acquired can be applied to mentoring colleagues dealing with health and safety situations and help them develop new skills.

This course takes the student through all stages of the training and education process; from the planning phase, via how to design training components, to preparing instructional plans and conveying the necessary content by means of instruction. The last part will be addressing the evaluation of the process.


  1. Human Resource Planning

  2. Identifying Training Needs

  3. Designing Training

  4. Understanding the Adult Learner

  5. Preparing Instructional Plans

  6. Delivering Training

  7. Evaluating Training Effectiveness

DOHS 4150 - Psychological Health and Safety

 Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

The World Health Organization defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being..." Yet until recently, mental and social well-being have been largely ignored by health and safety practitioners. As Canada begins creating a national mental health strategy, it becomes more important for health and safety practitioners to understand the key components required to enhance psychological health and safety in the workplace.

This course is focused on providing the background in theory and information needed to be able to properly address this quickly evolving area of health and safety. It will examine theories relating to workplace stress and its interrelationship with mental health. Strategies for dealing with counterproductive workplace behaviours such as conflict, workplace bullying and workplace violence will be examined with practical approaches and tools provided to assist in addressing these concerns. Motivational theories and their applications in the workplace will be reviewed, showing ways to increase employee engagement in a safety culture. Finally, a comprehensive roadmap will be provided, based on the new CSA-Z1003 Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard, to assist organizations in advancing toward a psychologically healthy workplace environment.


1. Defining Psychological Health and Safety
2. Stress
3. Mental Health
4. Conflict
5. Workplace Bullying
6. Workplace Violence
7. Motivation
8. Developing a PH&S Program

DOHS 4210 - Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace

 Instructor: Shelly Bischoff

This course identifies the multiple factors and realities of substance abuse in the workplace, and the role of the OHS supervisor or manager in addressing this issue. It also provides a process for implementing a culture change in the organization. The key elements of a drug and alcohol policy are identified, and include the many considerations involved in testing, as well as current general practices in Canada. The course emphasizes education and awareness for supervisors, managers and all staff; resources for treatment and support; and the need for an ongoing communication strategy to incorporate drug and alcohol awareness into the business/organizational structure.


  1. Introduction to Substance Abuse in the Workplace

  2. What's my Role and Where do I Start

  3. The Foundation Piece: A Drug and Alcohol Policy

  4. Investigation

  5. Testing

  6. Implementation, Education and Training Assessment

DOHS 4220 - Disability Management

 Instructor: Shelly Bischoff

This course lays out the best practices in the field of disability management (DM), and their application to the case and claim management process. The course also outlines the role of OHS professionals and affiliated stakeholders responsible for DM, and presents appropriate engagement and communication strategies, as well as legislation pertaining to DM.


  1. Introduction to Disability Management in the Workplace

  2. Management and the Law

  3. The Return to Work Process

  4. Disability Benefit Plans

  5. Disability Assessment and Rehabilitation Programs

  6. Preventing Mental Health Disability and Addiction in the Workplace

DOHS 4230 - Safety in Complex Work Environments

 Instructor: Jesse Martell

Confined spaces and other complex environments can present unusual risks for workers, such as hazardous atmospheres. Emergency response from these environments similarly needs to be carefully thought through before work can begin. This course is aimed at safety professionals responsible for providing advice and leadership to manage these risks. Participants will develop an ability to assess the risks associated with confined spaces and other complex environments, and to develop, communicate and implement a hazard management program to control these risks.


  1. Introduction to Complex Work Environments

  2. Regulatory Framework

  3. Types of Spaces

  4. Confined Space Hazards

  5. Hazard Assessment

  6. Controls

  7. Emergency Planning

  8. Competency Development and Assessment

  9. Inspections, Audits, and Continuous Improvement

DOHS 4240 - Working at Elevation

 Instructor: Glyn Jones

There are a great number of serious injuries, deaths and hazards that result from working at elevations in comparison to other workplace risks. When a fall occurs from elevations the outcome is usually severe and often fatal.

This program is intended to help the safety practitioner reduce the risks associated with working from elevations. This program is also appropriate for a fall protection program administrator in lieu of, or to compliment, a safety practitioner. At the end of the course, the participant will have the ability to develop, implement, and administer a fall protection code of practice (program) in order to effectively communicate appropriate controls that reduce the risk of working from elevations.


  1. Introduction to Managing the Risk of Working at Elevations

  2. Lessons Learned and Technical Information

  3. Statutes and Standards

  4. Fall Protection Program

  5. Fall Protection Equipment Care and Maintenance

  6. Competency and Communication

  7. Administration, Program Review, and Course Summary

DOHS 4250 - Personal Protective Equipment

 Instructor: Rob Morphew

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be one of the most misunderstood parts of the safety professional's tools to control hazards. This course will consider all factors involved in the selection, care, and use of PPE. This course also lifts the confusion and misunderstanding that arises when people are confronted with misused or mixed terminology that is applied by many to describe similar items. 

This course will examine hazard control and the hierarchy of control in the elimination and control of hazards workers may be exposed to in the workplace. It provides an extensive overview of PPE in regards to the topics: head, eye and face, hearing, fall arrest, respiratory, hand and arm, foot, and work clothing.

Safety professionals will be encouraged to develop a current up to date library of resources and vendors which to draw on for the selection of the most appropriate PPE for their programs and workers.


  1. Control of Hazards

  2. What is PPE?

  3. Selection, Care, and Use of PPE

  4. Policies, Procedures, and Codes of Practice

  5. Integration and Implementation

DOHS 4260 - Program Planning & Wellness in the Workplace

 Instructor: Shelly Bischoff

Understanding the factors that influence workplace health provides a framework for the development of wellness programs, as many chronic conditions are preventable when the underlying causes of poor health are effectively addressed. An effective program can have a positive impact on employee turnover, absenteeism and productivity, which in turn lowers employee benefit costs.
This course guides OHS professionals through a four-step program planning process: to establish a starting point and sense of direction, the course launches with strategies for conducting an employee health assessment; the planning and implementation sections provide critical content, as well as numerous examples of successful programs in action; the course then wraps up with techniques and tools for effective program evaluation. By the end of this course, participants should be able to develop their own workplace wellness program.


  1. Introduction to Wellness

  2. Practices and Behaviours that Impact Worker Health

  3. Situational Workplace Assessment

  4. Forming an Effective Plan

  5. Implementing a Wellness Program

  6. Program Measurement & Evaluation

DOHS 4270 - Fatigue Management

 Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

Fatigue and its management is an issue that has become increasingly important in the safety profession, and which has led to major legislative changes in Canada and the United States in the past five years.  The major objectives of this course are to help OHS professionals better understand this key safety issue and how to manage it.

To achieve this, the course highlights modern research and knowledge relating to the causes and effects of fatigue. It then discusses fatigue as a safety issue and introduces tools and methods to assess, manage and mitigate fatigue hazards. The history of fatigue management is also briefly surveyed to help participants better understand the components required to create a comprehensive fatigue risk management plan.


  1. Defining the Need

  2. Fatigue 101

  3. Fatigue as a Safety Issue

  4. Managing Fatigue

  5. The History of Fatigue Management

  6. Creating a Comprehensive FRMP

DOHS 4290 - Data Driven Decision Making

 Instructor: Kari Dunfield

The degree to which an organization manages occupational health and safety (OHS) has important implications for a wide range of stakeholders. Increasing scrutiny from many of these stakeholders’ results in a demand for high quality information; information that must be relevant, valid, comparable, and reliable.

This course is intended for individuals who have a stake in the day-to-day management and support of organizational processes, or those who would like to improve their organization’s performance through a process orientation and process control. In every aspect of our lives we are both consuming and creating vast amounts of information. However, much of the promise of data-driven approaches within organizations has failed to materialize because managers find it difficult to translate this data into decisive action. The general objective of this course is to fill this gap by providing the student with tools and techniques that can be used to make business decisions with confidence.


  1. Why Use Data Driven Decision Making

  2. What to Measure and How to Measure

  3. Basic Statistics

  4. Regression and Correlation

  5. Benchmarking, Continuous Improvement, and Justification of Investment