Work Environment

Degrees in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety (OES)

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? Prevent acute injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental stresses resulting from poorly designed work environments, with Work Environment’s advanced degree in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety.

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

MS in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Curriculum (pdf) 

To earn your Doctor of Science degree (Sc.D.) you will work with Maria Brunette, Bryan Buchholz, or Laura Punnett, and will complete at least 30 credits of course work and dissertation research in one of the following areas:

  • Field evaluation of ergonomic and safety exposures with hazard surveillance
  • Biomechanical modeling
  • Psychophysical methods for exposure assessment
  • Technical and social factors in reorganizing work
  • Strategies for injury prevention and control
  • Evaluation of control measure effectiveness


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