Explore the Impact of Chemicals on Health and the Environment
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Note: This program will be discontinued after the 2016-2017 academic year. You can take the courses in the program individually; see the course pages for details.
In past decades, most chemicals have been developed with a focus on effectiveness and little regard for their toxicity and impact on human health or the environment. But growing awareness of the detrimental effects of many chemicals has led to a new movement known as green chemistry.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore the principles of green chemistry — the promotion of chemical products and processes designed to reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances. You’ll examine the connection between chemical toxicity and human health and how it influences material and product decision making. You’ll also learn how to incorporate best practices into a business model that leads to safer, more cost-effective design and production decisions.
Professionals interested in learning and applying the principles of alternative chemistries and green toxicology in their work.
Extensive professional experience in a related field may replace education and is considered on an individual basis.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Paul Anastas, advisory board member for the Certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship, describes the main objectives of this dynamic online program.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Sustainability, Toxicology & Human Health
Principles of Green Chemistry
Assessment Tools for Safer Chemical Decisions
Certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship
Approved by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Paul T. Anastas, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Joel Baker, Professor, UW Tacoma Center for Urban Waters
Evan Beach, Program Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University
Saskia van Bergen, Green Chemistry Scientist, Washington Department of Ecology
Ann Blake, Ph.D, Environmental and Public Health Consulting
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Tania Busch Isaksen, Coordinator, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Sustainable Technologies, Alternate Chemistry-Training and Education Center
McKay Caruthers, Program Manager, UW Professional and Continuing Education
Curt Fessler, Marketing Director, Construction Specialties, Inc
Andrei Guschin, PhD, Co-Founder, Bionavitas, Inc.
Grace Lasker, PhD, Program Director, BAS in Public Health, Lake WA. Institute of Technology
Richard Morgan, Analytical Chemist, Modumetal
Nancy Simcox, Research Industrial Hygienist, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
David Simpkins, Safety Officer at CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories
Jill Stoddard-Tepe, Co-Director, Green Lab Alliance
Matthew Thurston, Manager of Product & Supply Chain Sustainability, REI
Ronald Tubby, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Program Manager, Intel Corporation
Steve Whittaker, PhD, Public Health Researcher, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Michael Yost, Professor and Chair, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to complete assignments by their due dates. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing & Health Studies, UW Bothell
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Senior Process Chemist, Modumental
CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting
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