Graduate Certificate in Mining Occupational Safety and Health Overview

The Mine Safety and Health Administration inspects roughly 14,400 mines each year for compliance with occupational and health regulations. Each of these sites requires the expertise of safety-minded professionals to ensure that every measure is taken to prevent risks for the workers who make energy production and industrial processes possible. Dedicated, well-trained specialists in mining safety make a difference by enforcing stringent safety measures, mitigating dangers, and promoting best practices.

The online Graduate Certificate in Mining Occupational Safety and Health can help you rise to the challenge of creating a hazardless mining environment. You’ll complete advanced coursework in ventilation, geomechanics, chemical exposure, and other fundamental areas, learning to design processes and procedures that minimize the inherent risks of excavation. Each of our mining certificate courses has been designed with the input of experts in the industry and is taught by leading University of Arizona faculty members.

Arizona leads the US in value of non-fuel mineral production as the top producer of copper and a major source of other minerals such as crude perlite, molybdenum, and silver. The University of Arizona Department of Mining and Geological Engineering is the state’s sole provider of university-level educational and research programs in engineering minerals and nonrenewable resources. Our faculty lead the technological and scientific breakthroughs that will shape the future of mine engineering and safety.

Working professionals can complete this cutting-edge, specialized training entirely online, so you can fit advanced education into your busy schedule. By completing a mining safety management certificate, you’ll develop the knowledge you need to start or advance a career in this vital field.

The program requires 15 units of credit, presenting an accelerated path to new opportunities that can be completed in one year. You’ll have flexible, individualized options for building your skills through a variety of engineering and mining security courses. Choose three electives that fit your professional interests and aspirations in fields such as geomechanics, mining health laws, sustainable development, and public health policy.

Should you decide to pursue the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering after graduation, or complete both programs concurrently, all 15 units taken in this certificate program can be transferred.

Total units of credit: 15

Learn to design, evaluate, and maintain safe working conditions that protect the lives of mine workers and comply with the regulations that affect industrial spaces. These skills are essential for the on-site safety of employees as well as their long-term health.

The certificate curriculum is updated based on industry input and includes courses on the roles of regulatory agencies and best practices for disaster response and prevention. All classes are accessible at any time making it easy to incorporate your education into your work schedule. The online Graduate Certificate in Mining Occupational Safety and Health requires three foundational courses and three elective courses.

Core courses (7 units required): Mine Health and Safety, Mine Ventilation, and Environmental and Occupational Health

Elective courses (8 units required): Choose three electives.

Prerequisites (1 to 3 units): Students who have not previously completed coursework in calculus, statistics, and strengths and materials may be required to complete prerequisite work. These courses will be part of the student’s study plan and are available online through the Mining Department. They will be counted toward the 15 total required units.

Core Courses (7 units)

Elective Courses (8 units)

Course substitutions or changes in electives are allowed with the approval of the program advisor.

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