Occupational Ergonomics and Health

Program Overview

The Occupational Ergonomics and Health program incorporates Northeastern University’s unique experiential learning approaches by immersing students in real work scenarios and case studies. Based in public health approaches applied to the community of workplaces, students will complete projects both individually and in teams to develop skills to administer comprehensive and integrated programs for the workplace.

This is one of the only degree programs that combines ergonomics and health wellness programs.

Interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty

Cross-departmental course offerings

Online, in-class, or hybrid

Full-time or part-time

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Our Master of Science degree can be completed within 12 months for full-time students (4 courses per semester) and within 36 months for part-time student (1-2 courses per semester). The program requires 32 semester hours of coursework and a 4 semester hour capstone project. The curriculum will emphasize preparation to become a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist.

Required Core Classes

PHTH 5202 Epidemiology
PHTH 5210 Biostatistics in Public Health

HINF 6201 Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management
PHTH 5214 Environmental Health
PT 5600 Ergonomics and the Work Environment
PT 5610 Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion
PT 6978 Independent study

Choose 5 of the following courses:

CAEP 6203 Understanding Culture and Diversity
CAEP 6220 Development Across the Life Span
IE 7315 Human Factors Engineering
PHTH 5224 Social Epidemiology
PHTH 5228 Advances in Measuring Behavior
PHTH 5240 Evaluating Scientific Evidence
PHTH 6320 Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
PT 6243 Health Education, Promotion, and Wellness
SOCL 7270 Sociology of Work and Employment

The Capstone is an advanced level project course. The course requires students to integrate what they have learned through their academic coursework and their experiential learning experience (co-op, research, study abroad, and service). Capstones are oftentimes interdisciplinary.

Sample Course Pattern for Full Time Students

  • Fall Semester - Year 1

    • PHTH 5202: Epidemiology (3 CR)
    • PHTH 5214: Environmental Health (3 CR)
    • HINF 6201: Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management        (3 CR)
    • Elective (3 CR)

  • Spring Semester - Year 1

    • PHTH 5210: Biostatics in Public Health (3 CR)
    • PT 5600: Ergonomics and the Work Environment (3/4 CR)
    • PT 5610: Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion (3 CR)
    • Elective (3 CR)

  • Summer Semester - Year 1

    • Independent Study/Capstone Project (4 CR)
    • Elective (3 CR)
    • Elective (3 CR)
    • Elective (3 CR)

Curriculum subject to change


The Occupational Ergonomics and Health program accepts students for entry in both Fall and Spring semesters. Specific deadlines are outlined below.

  Fall Entry Spring Entry
Applicants accepted: Domestic and International Domestic Only
Delivery: Hybrid on
Hybrid on campus/online
Student status: Full-time or part-time Full-time or part-time
Application deadline: April 1st October 1st

Admissions Checklist

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Completed Online Application
Official Transcripts
Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (B) or Higher
Three Letters of Recommendation
Personal Goal Statement
TOEFL or IELTS (international students)
Official GRE Scores
Resume / CV

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find schedules for open house programs?

Updated information for Open Houses and Information Sessions can be found at the Graduate School web page for the college.

What is the approximate cost of the program?

Check out the Student Financial Services webpage for Bouvé College of Health Sciences Graduate Programs tuition cost.

What kind of financial assistance is available?

The Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship is a scholarship available to minority students.  This is offered by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute.

The Double Husky Scholarship is helping Husky alums finance their graduate education by providing a tuition discount of up to 25 percent on more than 100 eligible degree programs.

What resources are available for International students?

The university has a strong global emphasis that embraces diversity and offers a welcoming and encouraging environment for all of our international students. The Office of Global Services —part of a comprehensive University support network—offers cultural and educational programs and services designed to support your transition to life in the United States and to enrich your Northeastern experience.


Contact Information

We welcome any question you may have regarding our program. Please contact Dr. Lauren A. Murphy with any general program or admissions-related inquiries.

Lauren A. Murphy, PhD
Program Director