Occupational Ergonomics and Health, Graduate Certificate

Lauren A. Murphy, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor and Graduate Program Director

301 Robinson Hall
617.373.3161 (fax)

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.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

A grade of B or higher is required in each course.

PT 5600Ergonomics and the Work Environment3
PT 5610Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion3
PHTH 5202Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3


Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management
Environmental Health

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

15 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required