The occupational ergonomics and health graduate certificate focuses on approaches that promote worker well-being and prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and injuries.
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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.
The program emphasizes not just physical ergonomic factors, but also the importance of organizational ergonomic factors like policies, communication, and teamwork.
Interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty
Cross-departmental course offerings
Classes can be taken online, on-ground, or a combination that best fits your lifestyle and can be tailored to working professionals
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 handing 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.
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Fall Admission Deadline: August 1 Spring Admission Deadline: December 1
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Ergonomics and Health General Requirements
A grade of B or higher is required in each course.
PT 5600 - Ergonomics and the Work Environment
PT 5610 - Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion
PHTH 5202 - Introduction to Epidemiology
PHTH 5210 - Biostatistics in Public Health
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:
HINF 6201 - Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management
PHTH 5214 - Environmental Health
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Program Director, Master of Science in Occupational Ergonomics & Health; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science
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