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MAP ERC Occupational Ergonomics Program

Center for Health, Work & Environment

Occupational Ergonomics Overview

Students will experience an education in occupational ergonomics and safety taught with a problem-based approach and field experience in industries such as breweries, food manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and medical fields. Learning opportunities are enhanced with student access to technological tools for their research, such as electromyography, 3-D motion analysis, and physiologic monitoring equipment.

Students network and present their research at regional and international conferences. The program offers flexibility to customize students' coursework to meet their individual interests in the field. We offer the opportunity to participate in international exchange programs for conducting research at several European universities.


What Does an Ergonomist Do?

  • Designs work spaces in offices, manufacturing, and other industries to increase productivity, efficiency, and worker well-being.
  • Develops equipment and work flow systems that are easier for employees to use while reducing injuries and errors
  • Consults with employees and clients to investigate issues with work space and production
  • Works in roles such as Ergonomist, Safety and Health Manager, Consultant, Systems Designer/Analyst, Usability Tester


Degree Options

Master of Science (MS) or a PhD. A Master's is typically a 2-year program. Earning a PhD is another 3-5 years after receiving an MS.


Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a GPA above 3.0, and strong GRE scores
  • Motivated individuals with a passion for worker health and safety, as well as optimizing health with workplace efficiency and productivity


Program Location

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Students accepted into the NIOSH-supported training program in Occupational Ergonomics typically receive support from one to three years, depending on the availability of training stipends and research grants. Fellowships, contracts, and grants often support doctoral students. Working together, the program faculty will select the most qualified students for entrance in the Occupational Ergonomics Training Program.

For additional information on admission to the Occupational Ergonomics Training Program, please visit the Colorado State University Ergonomics home page.


How to Apply

Click here for admissions requirements and deadlines.



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