Certificate in Ergonomics

Program Objective

The objective of the Certificate in Ergonomics Program is to provide a formal program of study, training and experience in ergonomics to those postbaccalaureate students who wish to specialize in the area of Ergonomics. The principles learned here will be applicable to a wide range of workplace settings including: industry, hospitals, nursing homes, office work, government, and academia. The program will also be very useful in preparing for the “Certified Professional Ergonomist” (CPE) examination.

This novel, cooperative program provides an avenue for a concentration in ergonomics to non-degree graduate students, master’s and doctoral degree students in engineering, occupational therapy, and nursing as well as those enrolled in other graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. This includes students from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Nursing, Department of Occupational Therapy, Department of Educational Psychology, and Human Movement Sciences. In addition, the program is open to anyone with an interest in ergonomics who satisfies the criteria for admittance as a non-degree graduate student.

The program emphasizes theoretical principles and job analysis methods, and demonstrates various techniques and case studies for implementing ergonomic concepts in practical settings. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory experience and projects as applicable. In addition, students are exposed to state-of-the-art-research, including multi-million dollar NIOSH-funded research.


Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in any department of UWM -OR- must be admitted as a non-degree graduate student at UWM -and- must have successfully completed at least three credits each in Anatomy/Physiology; Statistics; and Biomechanics/Physics


The completion of 15 credit hours (6 courses) with a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for the certificate program.
490-580 Ergonomics of Workplace 3 cr
490-780 Advanced Ergonomics: Low Back 3 cr
490-783 Advanced Ergonomics: Upper Extremity 3 cr
490-786 Applied Biostatistics in Ergonomics 3 cr
490-788 Legal Issues & Regulatory Agencies in Ergonomics 1 cr
490-790 Design Project 2 cr

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