School of Health and Human Sciences



Workplaces have been nationally recognized as an opportune site for health promotion efforts since working adults often spend a significant portion of time at the workplace. HealthyPeople Objectives, the Affordable Care Act, and the Total Worker Health® program launched by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) all encourage promoting health, safety, and well-being of workers. Using a socioecological framework to better understand the influences on health and behavior, health promotion professionals could encourage and support changes that create a culture of health and safety within workplaces. This Workplace Wellness post-baccalaureate certificate prepares individuals to work with employers, policy-makers, or brokers/consultants to improve the safety, health, and well-being of employees.

We are a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health® Affiliate and we are committed to education, practice, research, and strategic collaborations that will contribute to protecting and promoting worker well-being.


In this 9-credit hour program, you will learn the history of workplace safety and health promotion, be introduced to the CDC Total Worker Health® framework, and learn strategies for conducting organizational assessments as well as designing, implementing, and evaluating workplace interventions. As part of the course requirements, you will also complete practical experiences. The goal is for students to complete this PBC with confidence to lead Total Worker Health initiatives in workplaces.

Core Courses

To earn the PBC in Workplace Wellness, students complete at least 9 credit hours of required coursework.

    • HEA 616 Workplace Health Promotion (spring semester)
    • HEA 725 Advanced Community Health Projects (varies)
    • HEA 716 or Qualifying elective chosen from approved list in consultation with the PBC advisor

For current graduate students: academic credit generated in the certificate program may be used to meet requirements in another graduate degree program in accordance with the policies of the Graduate School.

Course Sequence

This coursework is typically completed in 2-years. Students may choose to accelerate their coursework if they are PBC-only students and should discuss this option with the PBC advisor.

Typical course sequence to fulfill PBC requirements*
First Year
Fall  Apply for PBC by December 1
Spring  HEA 616
Second Year
Fall  HEA 716 or PBC-Approved elective course
Spring  HEA 725

*Some of these courses may be offered during Summer terms with adequate enrollment

See example plan of study for full-time and part-time MPH students adding the PBC in Workplace Wellness


The UNC Greensboro Department of Public Health Education and the Graduate School’s formal admission requirements specify the following for the PBC in Worksite Wellness:Apply Now Link

  • Formal application to the UNCG Graduate School Applications are reviewed twice per year.
    • Application deadlines are December 1 and April 1.
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
    • GPA of 2.8 or higher in the undergraduate degree is required for PBC admission
    • Must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate work
  • Personal Statement

No test or GRE required.

Note – Students entering as PBC-only students are not eligible for financial aid. Only recognized University degree programs are considered for financial aid. Visit UNCG financial aid for more information.


Upon enrollment in the PBC program, students will need to complete and submit a plan of study specific to the PBC. This plan of study should detail the sequence and completion of courses counting towards the PBC and should be submitted to the graduate school at completion of credit hours when applying to graduate with the PBC. Download a template of the PBC in Worksite Wellness Plan of Study.

For more information about this PBC, contact:

Daniel Bibeau
Department of Public Health Education
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone:  336.334.5527