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Product Stewardship

Introducing the First Professional Certificate in
Product Stewardship

Around the world, there is a growing commitment by manufacturers to manage the life cycle of their products in a way that ensures the health and safety of people and the environment. This commitment has created a high demand for professionals with specialized knowledge in responsibly managing all stages in the life cycle, from product design and sourcing of raw materials to manufacturing, packaging and transportation of the product, and ultimately to product disposal or recycling and reuse.

We're proud to offer the first Professional Certificate in Product Stewardship, a series of five courses, all offered online. Those interested in applying the coursework toward a graduate degree can take product stewardship courses for IU graduate credits from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. Those who don’t need university credits and would like to pursue the non-credit Professional Certificate can register for the courses through the Indiana Public Health Training Center.

Whether you are an employer and want to build the expertise of your team or you want to advance your own career in the fast-growing field of product stewardship, now you have access to world-class training that goes beyond workshops and webinars to provide the knowledge needed to lead product stewardship efforts and navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment.


Register Now For The Fall Semester

Our next semester starts the week of August 21, 2017. During the Fall 2017 semester we'll be offering these classes:

Fundamentals of Product Stewardship (Mondays | 6:00 to 8:40 p.m. EST)

Product Hazard, Exposure and Risk Assessment (Tuesdays | 6:00 to 8:40 p.m. EST)

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Designed For Your Convenience...


We’ve designed the Professional Certificate in Product Stewardship with our students in mind.

  • Take a single course or two to build knowledge in a specific area or complete all five courses to earn the Professional Certificate in Product Stewardship
  • Ideal for working professionals - courses are offered online, one evening per week
  • Faculty is comprised of leaders in Product Stewardship from Fortune 500 companies and academia, ensuring you get rigorous training in theory and lots of real world examples
  • You have two options: choose the non-credit Professional Certificate if you want the education, but don’t need university credit or enroll for graduate credit if you want to apply the courses toward a graduate degree

Here Are The Five Classes You'll Take

1. Fundamentals of Product Stewardship

This course is designed to introduce the elements of product stewardship and sustainability. Students will learn about a variety of important regulatory, customer and societal issues that may affect products and how to incorporate product stewardship and sustainability solutions into business strategy using appropriate tools, concepts and systems. The course will provide an understanding of the product supply chain (product trail), by addressing key stakeholders, the sourcing of raw materials, production, transportation and manufacturing of materials into products, and the ultimate fate (cradle to cradle or grave). Along the supply chain, students will gain a better understanding of key risks and consideration at each stage.

2. Product Hazard, Exposure & Risk Assessment

This course will provide the student with an understanding of product hazards (physical characteristics) measured against probable and misuse exposure scenarios (inhalation, dermal, etc.) that translate into a risk assessment. The student will then explore a framework (the product stewardship review) used to determine and document appropriate and effective systems for ongoing assessment and management of product and business risk. The product stewardship review framework will help the student understand the fundamentals and techniques of how to assess risk throughout the products' movement within the supply chain (product trail) to determine if appropriate stewardship systems and risk management activities are in place.

3. Regulatory Affairs for Product Stewardship

This course explores the major national and international legislative, regulatory, and voluntary frameworks that impact manufacturing, importing, and placing products into commerce, and aspects of compliance management for businesses. We will examine landmark legislation and initiatives affecting major industry sectors, and best practices in anticipating and responding to emerging regulatory trends and issues.

4. Product Improvement & Sustainability

This course explores best practice principles in product design, focusing on materials selection and packaging. The student will explore alternatives in the product development cycle (R&D) and understand when improvement opportunities exist that can contribute to societal value by reducing a product's environmental footprint while providing comparable or superior efficacy. We'll also discuss methods and strategies to develop competitive advantage through product stewardship that create business value and determining long-term impact on human and environmental health.

5. Product Stewardship Strategy & Management

This course will introduce the student to a typical management system framework in which product stewardship is integrated with the business strategy, and leadership is engaged at all levels of the organization (product stewardship as a business process). The student will learn how an organization sets overarching goals and targets for its product stewardship program and how it factors in regulatory considerations, risk assessments, and sustainability. The student will also gain an understanding of the roles and expectations of professionals who work in the product stewardship program, as well as the implementation and capabilities of systems and resources necessary to achieve performance goals and targets over time.

Past Students Have Said…

“I liked the instructor's style and he was clearly very knowledgeable about the subject matter. He also brought great personal experiences into the course that enriched the lessons. The course content was excellent and very appropriate for this area. The materials were well chosen, additional outside speakers were relevant and provided another perspective which is useful.”

“I appreciated that we talked about a lot of real world examples.”

“(What I liked best was) the flexibility for full-time employed professional.”

“I thought this was a valuable course that will help to further my career.”


Featured Faculty


Steven Lacey, PhD

Dr. Steven Lacey is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis. His deep knowledge of environmental public health and passion for product stewardship led him to establish the first formal product stewardship program in the country. Prior to coming to Indianapolis, he founded the Occupational Safety program at the University of Illinois at Chicago NIOSH ERC, where he also served as Director of Industrial Hygiene and Hazardous Substances Academic Training. A Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional, Dr. Lacey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Product Stewardship Society, and he is the Vice President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dr. Lacey earned a BS in Zoology from Texas Tech University, an MS in Industrial Hygiene from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Gail Hart, MBA

Gail Hart is one of the giants of the Product Stewardship industry. He spent 38 years with ExxonMobil, rising through the ranks to Executive - Global Product Stewardship Services. Along the way, he held several product stewardship management positions, as well as a range of chemical plant manufacturing assignments, supervision of mechanical design, new business development and management of export/import operations. With his extensive industry experience and first-hand knowledge of real world expectations and challenges, Mr. Hart offers his students a unique opportunity to learn both theory and application. Mr. Hart holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Rutgers University.


Stephen Benoit

Stephen Benoit is a Corporate Product Stewardship and Regulatory Manager at DuPont. He leads the global Product Stewardship and Regulatory Learning and Development program, the Global Stewardship of Products and Regulations Implementation team (SPIRIT), the Brand Licensing Steering Team (BLST) and he manages the Collaboration Center for Product Stewardship. Stephen is highly valued at DuPont for his product stewardship consulting services, which he provides to all DuPont businesses and regions. He works with business and regional resources to continually assess, develop and strengthen the global Product Stewardship program and to strengthen collaboration by assisting with the development and promotion of new tools and processes.


Al Ianuzzi

Dr. Al Ianuzzi is the Senior Director of the worldwide Environment, Health & Safety department at Johnson & Johnson, where he directs the global Product Stewardship and Green Marketing programs. He leads Johnson & Johnson's EARTHWARDS greener product design process. Al received his PhD degree in Environmental Policy from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, where he researched EHS self-regulation programs. He is the author of the books "Greener Products: the Making & Marketing of Sustainable Brands" (CRC Press 2011) and "Industry Self-Regulation and Voluntary Environmental Compliance" (CRC Press, 2002), and has written numerous articles on product stewardship and environmental compliance.

Maryann Sanders

Maryann Sanders, MS

Maryann Sanders is a Sr. Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Haley & Aldrich, Inc. with over 25 years of experience working with industry, trade associations, and regulatory agencies both in the U.S. and abroad. Her expertise includes human health toxicology, industrial hygiene, microbiology and regulatory affairs. She has managed compliance to product regulations across numerous industries including the chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer products, metals and mining and the packaging industry identifying and producing compliance data based on the product and market jurisdiction. The Product Stewardship programs and business strategies she developed have been used to manage global product portfolios and integrate corporate acquisitions. Ms. Sanders holds a MS in Occupational and Environmental Health and a BS in Medical Technology from Wayne State University.

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers, PE

Kate Sellers, a Technical Director at the consultancy ERM, focuses her product stewardship work on identifying and managing risks. Those risks may be to businesses that depend on effective stewardship to sell products around the world, or, more fundamentally, risks to human health and the environment. Curiosity and a passion for exploring the consequences of society’s inventiveness led Kate to co-author the book Nanotechnology and the Environment (CRC Press 2009) to explore the stewardship of nanomaterials. She recently completed her fourth book, Product Stewardship, Life Cycle Analysis, and the Environment (CRC Press 2015) which explores the mechanisms for and consequences of global chemical controls. Kate holds a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Chemistry from Indiana University, and is a licensed professional engineer. She is the President Elect of the Product Stewardship Society.


What Does It Cost?

The Non-credit Option:
If you choose the non-credit option, the cost will be a flat $1,500 per course, which can be charged to a credit card. If you choose this option, you will not be able to apply the courses toward a university degree at a later date. The only way to have the courses count toward a degree is to take them for credit.

The For Credit Option:
If you choose to enroll for university credit, you will need to be enrolled as a student at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. If you are already a graduate student at IUPUI and you have a declared degree, you will pay the same per credit rate that you are currently paying, i.e., the graduate credit rate associated with your degree program. If you are not enrolled at IUPUI, you will need to enroll as a Graduate Non-Degree student, which you can do here. As a Graduate Non-degree student, your cost per credit will be different depending on whether you are considered an in state or out of state student. You can calculate your costs here. For status, choose Graduate/Professional. For Program, choose All Other Graduate Programs. Each individual course is 3 credits.


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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $825,634). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.