The Master of Science in Occupational Ergonomics and Health Program focuses on training students to lead and manage workplace occupational ergonomics and health programs.
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 the only degree program that combines ergonomics and health wellness programs.
The 21st-century workplace demands an interprofessional approach to reach across organizational boundaries to ensure health and safety values in the workplace are uniform and consistent to most effectively impact worker health. Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ unique interprofessional approach to health care will ensure students develop skills to meet this need.
The 36 semester hour program will provide interprofessional training that integrates traditional health protection (ergonomics and safety) and health promotion (wellness) to increase the effectiveness of such workplace programs. Graduates from this unique and new degree program will be well suited for jobs in industry requiring the integration of health and safety programs.
This is the first interdisciplinary program in the U.S. to train professionals to integrate workplace health protection (ergonomics) and promotion (health promotion).
The program is focused on both physical and organizational ergonomics. Traditional ergonomics programs are often strong in either physical or organization ergonomics, but not both.
The Occupational Ergonomics and Health program incorporates an experiential learning component by immersing students in real work scenarios and case studies to identify and solve problems, both individually and in teams, often working with public health and safety professionals.
The development of occupational ergonomics and health programs is increasingly important due to the large burden of work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the increased incidence of chronic health conditions in working populations.
Graduates of the program are expected to fulfill positions in organizations seeking to promote worker health through integrated approaches of ergonomics and wellness. 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 leaders to meet these challenges creating a culture of health and safety for their employees.
Students who graduate from the Occupational Ergonomics and Health Program can expect to be hired in areas such as:
Employee health management
Occupational safety and health promotion consulting
Safety and health research in industry or academics
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Admissions deadline for fall term entry: April 1 Admissions deadline for spring term entry: October 1
Master of Science in Occupational Ergonomics and Health General Requirements
PHTH 5202 - Introduction to 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
1.00 - 4.00
Complete five of the following:
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
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