Ergonomics & Biomechanics Certificate

This 12 credit graduate certificate is offered through the Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology graduate program, and is comprised of two required three-credit courses and two elective three credit courses.

The Ergonomics and Biomechanics graduate certificate will give an individual the ability to recognize and control ergonomic hazards in the work place. Injuries and illnesses such as low-back injuries, upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders, and workplace stress that are due to ergonomic hazards are prevalent and costly to industry. Ergonomic hazards are present in all industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction, shipping, and service industries. Many companies, especially those smaller in size, will not have an ergonomist on staff, though many will have someone with related responsibilities, such as an industrial hygienist, safety specialist, or occupational nurse.

Required Courses (2 courses - six credits)
PUBH.5300 Ergonomics and Work
BMBT.5310 Occupational Biomechanics

And two of the follow 3 credit electives (total of six credits):
BMBT.5320 Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory (PUBH.5320) 3 cr.
BMBT.6320 Advanced Biomechanics (PUBH.6321) 3 cr.
PUBH.5400 Occupational Safety Engineering 3 cr.
PUBH.5420 Human Factors 3 cr.
PUBH.6381 Methods in Work Analysis 3 cr.

Other courses may be substituted for the above listed electives with permission of the certificate coordinator.

Admission Process

Individuals must apply and complete an application form in accordance with the university's Graduate Admissions policy. Applicants must submit an official undergraduate transcript indicating that a baccalaureate degree was awarded. GRE scores are not required. 

Requirements to Complete the Graduate Certificate 

To complete the certificate program, students must successfully complete 12-credits of coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and with no more than three credits with a grad of less than B (3.00).

For students who wish to continue onto the master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT), Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Work Environment or Industrial Engineering completed course of the Certificate can be used towards satisfying the course requirements of the master's degree will be provided to those students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Bryan Buchholz