Occupational Ergonomics and Health Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

The Occupational Ergonomics and Health graduate certificate focuses on approaches that promote worker well-being and prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and injuries. What makes this certificate unique is the emphasis on not just physical ergonomic factors, like the design of tools and equipment, but also the importance of organizational ergonomic factors, like policies, communication, and teamwork. This is important because the management of workplace ergonomics and health programs requires a multidisciplinary set of skills based on understanding the interaction of the work environment, including the physical and organizational factors.

The workplace of the 21st century demands an interprofessional approach that reaches across organizational boundaries, making health and safety a uniform and consistent value within the organization to effectively impact worker health. Add to your professional experience by specializing in workplace approaches that integrate health and safety programs.

Interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty

Cross-departmental course offerings

Online, in-class, or hybrid

Program Benefits

Adapt your skills to the changing world

With the changing nature of work and health care, organizations are building and expanding their primary prevention efforts for workers in the workplace. Such organizations need people to meet these challenges, creating a culture of health and safety for their employees.

What you can do once you have the certificate
  • The demand for occupational safety and health professionals has been growing in recent years with the need for training in ergonomics.
  • State governments are implementing legislation for safe patient handling in health care settings, thereby increasing the demand for professionals with ergonomics expertise. Such programs based on ergonomics need to focus on organizational and facilities factors for successful implementation.
  • The workforce in the United States has an increasing number of chronic health issues that need to be addressed by the workplace in order to maintain a productive workforce.

Curriculum

Our Graduate Certificate requires 15 semester hours of coursework. The development of certificates like the Occupational Ergonomics and Health certificate is increasingly important because of the large burden of work-related MSDs and the increased incidence of chronic health conditions in working populations.

Required Classes

PT 5600: Ergonomics and the Work Environment (3 SH).
PT 5610: Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion (3 SH).
PHTH 5210: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 SH).
PHTH 5202: Epidemiology (3 SH).

Either of the following two courses:

HINF 6201: Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management (3 SH).

PHTH 5214: Environmental Health (3 SH).

Admissions

The Occupational Ergonomics and Health program accepts students for entry in both Fall and Spring semesters.

  Fall Entry Spring Entry
Applicants accepted: Domestic and International Domestic Only
Delivery: Hybrid on campus/online and 100% online. Hybrid on campus/online and 100% online.
Application deadline: August 1st December 1st

Admissions Checklist

Click each required application item for more information.

Completed Online Application
Official Transcripts
One Letter of Recommendation
Personal Goal Statement
Resume / CV
TOEFL or IELTS (international students)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the approximate cost of the certificate?

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

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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
l.murphy@northeastern.edu
617.373.4504