The Ergonomics track provides the fundamental principles of musculoskeletal biomechanics and ergonomic design principles applied to injury prevention and rehabilitation. The curriculum offers a solid foundation in a wide variety of areas ranging from theoretical principles, laboratory testing for industrial and clinical applications as well as practical implementation.The program offers necessary knowledge to effectively design equipment, tasks, work environments and systems to maximize performance, comfort, job satisfaction and productivity while minimizing the risk of injury.

Part of the unique aspects of UWM’s biomedical tracks is that courses are not limited to engineering. Students will be taking courses in occupational therapy, biological sciences and kinesiology; giving graduates an expanded view of the newest research in ergonomics. You must meet Graduate School Requirements to enroll in this track.

Graduates of this track have the opportunity to work for manufacturing organizations, insurance companies, conducing government research and health care organizations.

Track Course Requirements:

  • Prior to enrollment, students should have completed at least 3 credits in anatomy of the musculoskeletal systems (Students may take BIO SCI 202 or a similar 3 credit course) or obtained consent of program director for this track.
  • Students must take at least 6 credits from Group A.
  • Thesis option students must take at least 18 credits combined from Group A and Group B.
  • Non-thesis option students must take at least 24 credits combined from Group A and Group B.
  • Students need to have at least 2, but no more than 3 credits of IndEng 880.
  • The remaining credits may be taken as free electives.
Group A
Ind Eng 580 Introduction to Ergonomics3 cr U/G
Ind Eng 584 Research Methods in Biodynamics of Human Motion3 cr U/G
OccThpy 625 Design & Disability3 cr U/G
Group B
Ind Eng 880 Bioengineering Seminar OR OccThpy 7411 cr U/G
Ind Eng 582 Ergonomic Job Analysis Techniques3 cr U/G
Ind Eng 780 Advanced Ergonomics - Low Back Pain3 cr G
Ind Eng 783 Advanced Ergonomics in Upper Extremity3 cr G
Ind Eng 786 Applied Biostatistics in Ergonomics3 cr G
Ind Eng Research Methods3 cr G
Ind Eng Advanced Instrumentation in Ergonomics/Biomechanics3 cr G
HMS 520 Advanced Biomechanics3 cr U/G
HMS 521 Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3 cr U/G
HMS 522 Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement3 cr U/G
HMS 725 Interdisciplinary Themes in Biomechanics3 cr G
OccThpy 593 Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation3 cr U/G
OccThpy 701 Advanced Measurement and Instrumentation in Health Care3 cr G