In this program, students learn the fundamentals of occupational ergonomics and safety through individualized curricula designed to meet their career goals. The program focus incorporates academic coursework with hands-on field experiences in industries such as brewing, food processing, manufacturing, construction, and agriculture. Students have opportunities to present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, participate in international exchange programs, and access technological tools for their research, such as electromyography, 3-D motion analysis, and physiologic monitoring equipment.
The Occupational Ergonomics Program is located at Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health psychology, and ergonomics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.