Meet Tazeen: Doctor, Aspiring OHS Pro, and Herzing Cup Winner

Tazeen Amir (middle) receiving the Herzing Cup from founder Henry Herzing (left) and COO Frank Cianciaruso (right)

Communication skills are on virtually every employer’s most-wanted list. So here at Herzing, we established the Herzing Cup as a way to recognize the outstanding communication skills of our students. Each year, the cup is awarded to the student who delivers the best oral presentation.

This year’s winner is Tazeen Amir, a doctor from Pakistan who is about to complete Herzing’s occupational health and safety program.

We connected with Tazeen to learn more about her fascinating background, her thoughts on the award, and her overall experience at Herzing. Here’s her story.

Q. Can you share a bit about your background? What were you doing before Herzing?

Tazeen: I have an extensive background in the healthcare sector. As a family physician in Pakistan, I provided comprehensive healthcare services and gained insights into clinical practice. I further refined my clinical expertise and patient management skills in Canada as a physician assistant at Credit Valley Health Center.

I also served as a health care instructor at the Canadian Institute of Management and Technology and a program developer at the Canadian Ultrasound Institute. Additionally, I volunteered as a research assistant at Brampton Civic Hospital and the Canadian Collaborative Research Network.


Q. What inspired you to choose the OHS program at Herzing?

Tazeen: It was a decision inspired by my intrinsic drive for professional growth and a commitment to fostering safer and healthier work environments.

The program stood out to me for its comprehensive curriculum, which appealed to my specific career aspirations in healthcare management and safety. I understood that by enhancing my understanding of workplace safety regulations and risk management strategies, I could promote staff well-being and optimize operational practices within healthcare settings.


Q. How have you found the program so far?

Tazeen: It has been profoundly enriching and rewarding. Herzing provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers occupational health regulations, risk assessment methodologies, and safety management practices. I gained a thorough understanding of these complex concepts and their practical applications within healthcare and construction settings.

I also got valuable insights into the intricacies of ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. Through rigorous coursework and real-world case studies, I developed a solid foundation in identifying potential hazards, analyzing risks, and implementing effective safety protocols.


Q. How did the program prepare you for a career?

Tazeen: It gave me a broad set of skills and competencies applicable across various industries. I learned how to assess, implement, and monitor occupational health and safety practices effectively. This included conducting workplace inspections, developing safety policies and procedures, and understanding regulatory requirements and best practices.

The program also emphasized the significance of proactive risk management and fostering employee engagement. These are essential elements in promoting a culture of safety within organizations.


Q. What does receiving the Herzing Cup mean to you?

Tazeen: This award marks a significant milestone and honour in my professional journey. It’s a testament to the dedication and effort I invested in refining my ability to communicate ideas and information.


Q. What do you plan to do next?

Tazeen: I want to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the OHS program to bolster workplace safety practices across various industries. My goal is to explore opportunities in management and safety roles where I can leverage my expertise to cultivate a culture of safety and well-being.


Q. What advice would you give someone who was considering Herzing College?

Tazeen: I would advise them to delve into their career aspirations and objectives thoroughly. By selecting a program that aligns with their passions and long-term ambitions, students can make the most of their educational journey and lay the groundwork for future success.

Students should also seize the opportunity to leverage the wealth of resources and support services provided by Herzing. These include personalized career counselling sessions and invaluable internship opportunities. All of these things help students maximize their educational experience and become ready to embark on a rewarding career path.



Herzing’s OHS program is fully approved by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). Training is delivered online and takes just 12 months to complete, including a multi-week internship. Students learn about health and safety legislation, risk analysis, safety training, worker health and wellness, and disability management.

Successful graduates are immediately eligible for national certification through the BCRSP.

Still have questions? Reach out to admissions. An advisor can take you through courses, career paths, application procedures, costs, financial aid options, and more.

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