Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics

Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics Program Area

A worker stacks large boxes in a warehouse.

Learn how you can develop and manage safe and healthy environments for workers by engineering solutions to minimize injuries and hazards. There is high demand for skilled professionals and well trained researchers with experience in Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics, and efforts to improve workplace well being have an impact. Improved working environments, safer machinery, better worker training, and dramatic changes in the nature of work itself, have resulted in the decline of both fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries. Yet occupational injury remains a major national concern and economic burden. Through the OSE program, you can contribute to the design, analysis, implementation, and improvement of facilities, equipment, tools, and processes to assure the safety and well-being of human resources in all work environments and the surrounding communities.

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Key Topics: Occupational safety management, safety engineering, physical hazards, human-system integration, exposure science, epidemiology, experiment design

Area Lead: Leia Stirling

Required and Elective Courses

Safety/Occupational Health Core – 6 courses

Required: EHS 601 (Exposure Science and Health; 3 credits)

Required: EHS 658 (Physical Hazards; 2 credits)

Pick 1 Systems Safety Elective: IOE 438 (Occupational Safety Management; 2 credits) or IOE 434 (Human Error and Complex System Failures; 3 credits)

Required: IOE 539 (Safety Engineering Methods; 3 credits)

Pick 1 EHS Elective: Occupational and Environmental Disease (EHS 603; 3 credits) or Essentials of Toxicology (EHS 602; 3 credits) or Biological Agents (EHS 576; 2 credits) or Evaluation of Chemical Hazards (EHS 652; 3 credits) or Psychosocial Factors (EHS 585; 3 credits) or Occupational Health Aspects of Industrial Processes (EHS 757; 2 units)

Pick 1 Physical Ergonomics Elective: IOE 535 (Quantifying Human Motion Through Wearable Sensors; 3 credits) or IOE 534  (Occupational Biomechanics; 3 credits)

Epidemiology and Statistics Core (2 Courses)

Required: PUBHLTH 512 (Principles of Epidemiology For Public Health; 3 credits)

Pick 1 Statistics Elective: IOE 465 or IOE 570 (Design of Experiments; 3 credits)

Research and Seminar Courses (3 Courses)

Required: IOE 590 (Independent Research; 3 credits)
(Note: IOE 990 should be selected for a doctoral student)

Required: IOE 837 (Occupational Health and Safety Engineering Seminar; 1 credit)

Required: EHS 510 (Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship; 1 credit)

IOE Ergonomics Elective (1 course)

Pick 1 IOE Ergonomics Elective: IOE 431 (Human-Centered and User Experience Design; 3 credits); IOE 430 (Global Cultural Systems Engineering; 3 credits); IOE 463 (Measurement and Design of Work; 3 credits); IOE 533 (Human Motor Behavior and Engineering Systems; 3 credits)
Note: In this category you make take one of the IOE courses that was optional from the other categories that was not taken to fulfill that category, with the exception that you may not receive credit for both IOE 465 and IOE 570.