Environmental and Occupational Health

Ergonomics Graduate Minor

The prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and the application of ergonomic principles is paramount in public health, business and engineering.

There are opportunities for interested students to get involved in the interdisciplinary effort at OSU to build capacity in human-centered design. Students in this minor are also encouraged to take advantage of the OSU student chapters of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Society of Safety Professionals.

The graduate minor in ergonomics is for masters and doctoral level students who seek additional formal training and mentoring in ergonomic practice. Students pursuing a minor in ergonomics must include at least one Environmental and Occupational Health faculty member on their committee. This faculty member must be engaged in the development of the student’s program of study and in the case of doctoral students, their dissertation research; therefore, it is recommended that this faculty member be identified early in the doctoral program.


Required courses

(12 credits)

H 512: Intro to Env and Occ Health (3)
H 546: Physical Agents and Human Health (3)
H 590: Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (3)
H 594: Applied Ergonomics (3)


Additional courses

Select at least one additional courses (3 credits for Masters) or two additional courses (6 credits for Doctoral) from the following:

CCE 526: Design for Safety (3)
H 537: Injury Epidemiology (3)
H 588: Applied Occupational Safety and Health (3)
IE 545: Human Factors Engineering (4)
KIN 523: Biomechanics of Motor Activities  (3)
KIN 525: Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury  (3)
Other courses, as approved by minor professor, from the Human-Centered Design Courses at Oregon State University, or other courses as approved by minor professor.


More information

For more information contact Jay Kim, Ph.D., MS.