Certificate in Wellness and the Environment

(9 contact hours) Humans interact with the environment constantly. Building your knowledge can help you take action to improve your health, well-being, and the environment around you. This course focuses on the various ways the environment impacts human health. You will first learn about air and water safety, the global impacts of overpopulation and climate changes, and common health hazards found in the home. You will then learn steps for preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.

Poor environmental quality has the greatest impact on people whose health status is already at risk. But with environmental health education, you can help address the societal and environmental factors that increase the likelihood of exposure and disease.

Learning Type:
Instructor-Led Course

Hours: 9.00

Duration: 6 Weeks

Session Start Dates:
May 15
Jun 12
Jul 17
Aug 14

About the Instructor

Cyndie Koopsen is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of “Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.”

Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes research experience, workshop presentations, and instruction. She has designed, developed, and instructed numerous integrative health programs for diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. Young is the co-author of “Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.”

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Are Your Air and Water Safe? How Air and Water Quality Affect Health

The quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink is essential to our overall well-being, our economic prosperity, and the environment. Clean air and water play an important role in maintaining our health, and contaminants in either one or both can impact our well-being and lead to the development of many diseases. In high enough concentrations, these contaminants can be fatal. Creating optimal healing environments requires close attention to air and water quality. The outcome of this course is for you to describe components of air and water pollution, their effects on human health, and methods of reducing or eliminating these pollutants to create healthy environments.

The Global Health Impacts Of Overpopulation

The term overpopulation is not a common topic of conversation between citizens or among politicians. Yet, overpopulation is now considered to be the biggest threat to the future of the planet. Because the world's population is growing at an alarming rate that has never been experienced before in history, those of us here today must consider the serious health and environmental implications of continued growth. The Earth is not expanding and resources are limited. The outcome of the course is for you to explain the impact of global population growth on the health and well-being of all citizens.

Human Health and Climate Change — Is There a Connection?

Numerous independent researchers and scientists all across the world know that Earth is warming and human activity is the primary cause. How much climate change we will experience in the future is dependent on the choices we all make as global citizens to reduce our global emissions and reconsider our patterns of consumption. The outcome of this course is for you to provide an overview of climate change and describe the health concerns related to it.

Is Your Home Hazardous To Your Health?

While most of us consider our home a place of safety, the products we use every day and the communities in which we live can be causing our health to suffer. Common everyday items and medications can prove toxic to ourselves, our families, our pets, and the environment. In addition, the way our house and neighborhood is designed and built can either improve or degrade our health and the health of our communities. By knowing how our home and neighborhood can impact our health and knowing what is in our homes, we can empower ourselves to improve our health as well as the health of our families and our community. The outcome of this course is for you to describe common hazardous products in the home, how they impact health, and ways to reduce exposure to toxins in everyday life as well as identify how home and neighborhood design impacts health.

  • Internet access
  • Email
  • One of the following browsers:
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
  • Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Java. Click here to download Java.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.