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Occupational Ergonomics & Safety Option

Please Note: The Master's of Science in Work Environment program is closed for new admissions at this time. Please consider the Master of Public Health program.

Master of Science - Work Environment

Prevent acute injuries, musculoskeletal disorders and mental stresses resulting from poorly designed work environments by earning a Master's of Science in Work Environment, Occupational Ergonomics and Safety option.

You'll prepare for a career recognizing, evaluating and controlling the hazards that result from a poor fit between the worker and the workplace. You’ll develop an understanding of human anatomy, physiology and psychology, as well as industrial hygiene and epidemiology, manufacturing technology and work organization. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to create processes that optimize skill utilization and learning, and physiological and psychological well-being. 

Not many tools and machines are designed to accommodate the human form, human thought patterns or human lifestyle. As a result, job-related stress and injury resulting from machinery, operations and systems are endemic. The solutions are simple, but challenging: make new stuff, make it better and make it fast; and create jobs, processes and work environments that mesh with how people are meant to live. Are you up to the challenge? 

This master's program can be completed in two years of full time study (36 credits):


One semester of undergraduate math, biology, and physics with a grade of C or better are required.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in Work Environment degree programs may be eligible for financial support through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Training Project Grant (TPG).

Read about the program in the article $2M Grant Trains Public Health Students.

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