Work, Health, and Well-being

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The most valuable aspect of the program was making the business case to link health, productivity and safety in a concrete, actionable way which will increase employer support for health promotion strategies and programs.
  • —Robin L. Bouvier
  • Vice President, Aon Hewitt

Program Overview

Integrated Employee Health Program Overview

Work Health and Well-Being: Achieving Worker Health will provide you with the knowledge necessary to apply Total Worker Health® approaches to integrate siloed occupational health, health promotion, and health protection programs. Adopting these practices will ultimately enhance employee health, minimize work-related injuries and illnesses, and reduce employee health care-related costs.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Total Worker Health is defined as workplace policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.1

During this program, the leading experts in the field will help you develop the skills to build a roadmap for integrating your company’s occupational safety and health promotion programs. They will help you master the foundations of health protection and health promotion, examine the value proposition for Total Worker Health with a focus on organizational change models and case studies, and gain the skills to make the business case for Total Worker Health and employee well-being. You will also learn the most effective strategies for implementing organizational approaches to improve working conditions at your workplace.

This program provides you with the skills to:

  • Build a roadmap to implement a Total Worker Health approach at your company
  • Translate occupational health and health promotion research into practice
  • Implement organizational approaches to worker safety, health, and well-being initiatives
  • Make the business case for improving worker safety, health, and well-being programs

The Value of Integrated Worker Health

Worker safety, health, and well-being can be a source of competitive advantage for your organization. Total Worker Health approaches to employee health have been shown to improve the effectiveness of occupational health and safety programs, increase participation in health promotion efforts, increase employees’ willingness to change behaviors, and reduce absenteeism. These benefits result in improved employee productivity and performance, reduced employee health care costs, and increased ability to attract and retain high-performing talent.

Research also suggests that a focus on employee safety, health, and well-being strongly correlates with market place performance. Additionally, integrating workplace health protection and employee health promotion programs have been shown save to save organizations money by reducing waste and health costs.

Develop an Unmatched Network of Occupational Health Professionals

Program participants come from diverse backgrounds, functions, and organizations from around the world, tied together by their commitment to improving worker safety, health and well-being. Not only will you interact with faculty conducting cutting-edge research on occupational health and safety, you will also learn as much from your fellow executive education participants as from program faculty as you exchange valuable insights and best practices.

You will leave Harvard having developed a global network of leading peers you can rely on for guidance as you return home and implement what you learned.


[1] What is Total Worker Health?, NIOSH

Objectives & Highlights

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Make the business case for organizational approaches to worker safety, health, and well-being
  • Describe specific enterprise outcomes that improve with improved worker safety, health, and well-being
  • Translate successful workplace safety, health, and well-being studies into solutions for their workplaces through improving organizational policies, programs, and practices
  • Articulate the components of implementing organizational change efforts to impact worker safety, health, and well-being
  • Create worker safety, health, and well-being objectives to drive the development and implementation of action plans within the organization
  • Formulate strategic approaches to include others in the organization to create the objectives and implement action plans to reach the program’s stated goals

Credits and Logistics

Please note: A laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617.432.2100

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

Who Should Participate

Work Health and Well-being is ideal for professionals with direct responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of employees as well as those who are designing or directing health protection and health promotion programs. Participants will represent diverse sectors, industries, and job functions and will come from around the world. Ideal participants include:

  • Chief medical officers
  • Environmental health and safety directors and managers
  • Medical directors
  • Occupational health directors and managers
  • Occupational health nurses
  • Occupational physicians
  • Wellness directors and managers

In addition to the titles listed above, professionals with the following functional responsibilities are encouraged to attend:

  • Employee benefits
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Employee health, productivity, and well-being
  • Human resources
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Occupational medicine
  • Wellness

Local Accommodations

The majority of ECPE programs are held in the Kresge Building at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. This area is known as the Longwood Medical Area. The Harvard Longwood Campus is home to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and is located 4.5 miles from Harvard Square. There are many options just a short public transit or taxi ride away. Please note that participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodations. We hope one of the below options will be suitable for you. Please contact the hotels directly for rates, availability, and booking.

By Public Transportation:

Boston Park Plaza Hotel:
Address: 64 Arlington Street, Boston
Phone: 617.426.2000

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle).

Boston Sheraton Hotel:
Address: 39 Dalton Street, Boston
Phone: 617.236.2000

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on either the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle), or by Bus (39 towards Forest Hills).

Copley Square Hotel:
Address: 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Phone: 617.536.9000

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on either the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle), or by Bus (39 towards Forest Hills).

Fairmont Copley Plaza:
Address: 138 St. James Avenue, Boston
Phone: 617.267.5300

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on either the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle), or by Bus (39 towards Forest Hills).

Hilton Boston Back Bay:
Address: 40 Dalton Street, Boston
Phone: 617.236.1100

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on either the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle), or by Bus (39 towards Forest Hills).

Marriott Copley Place:
Address: 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Phone: 617.236.5800

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on either the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle), or by Bus (39 towards Forest Hills).

The Colonnade Hotel:
Address: 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Phone: 617.424.7000

The Harvard Chan School can be accessed best by public transportation on either the Train (Green line, E, Outbound to Brigham Circle), or by Bus (39 towards Forest Hills).

By Taxi:

Holiday Inn- Brookline:
Address: 1200 Beacon Street, Brookline
Phone: 617.277.1200

We recommend using Taxi’s from this location to the onsite programs at the Harvard Chan School.

The Courtyard Marriott Brookline:
Address: 40 Webster Street, Brookline
Phone: 617.734.1393

We recommend using Taxi’s from this location to the onsite programs at the Harvard Chan School.

Walking Distance

The Beech Tree Inn:
Address: 83 Longwood Avenue, Brookline
Phone: 857.267.1783

The programs at the Harvard Chan School are best reached by walking (20 minutes), or by Taxi.

The Bertram Inn:
Address: 92 Sewall Avenue, Brookline
Phone: 617.566.2234

The programs at the Harvard Chan School are best reached by walking (20 minutes), or by Taxi.

The Inn at Longwood Medical:
Address: 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston
Phone: 617.731.4700

The programs at the Harvard Chan School are best reached by walking (10 minutes), or by Taxi.

The Longwood Inn:
Address: 123 Longwood Avenue, Brookline
Phone: 617.566.8615

The programs at the Harvard Chan School are best reached by walking (20 minutes), or by Taxi.

Additional Ideas

Airbnb:

Boston Reservations:
Phone: 781.547.5427

We recommend staying in the Back Bay area for close proximity to the Harvard Chan School programs.

Hostelling International Boston:
Address: 19 Stuart Street, Boston,
Phone: 617.536.9455