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The UC Ergonomics Research & Graduate Training Program and Center for Occupational and Environmental Health are pleased to present the Online Ergonomics Training Program.

The UC Ergonomics Program has a history of training formative leaders in the field with graduates and post docs becoming professors at top institutions, leaders at government agencies, and innovators at numerous Silicon Valley companies, such as Apple, Google, and others. Now, the excellent training and preparation is accessible to anyone living anywhere around the world!

The emphasis in this program is on understanding how to design work tasks, tools, and workstations to minimize cognitive and physical loads, reduce fatigue and injury, and improve productivity. Coursework includes content in engineering, design, physiology, anthropometry, biomechanics, public health, statistics, environmental health sciences, exposure and risk assessment, root cause analysis and more.

Scholarships are available. Visit our Scholarship page for more information.

Registration Fees:

  • Single Course Registration: $1,800

  • 3-Course Package: $5,100

  • 6-Course Package: $10,000 (includes admission to Annual Ergonomic Skills Workshop)

If you would like to register for a course package, please email  us for more information:

Single course registration is available online. See the Course List below for details.

Online Course Teaser

August 19th - October 11th, 2019 (Online)  |  March 9th - May 1st, 2020 (Online)

Fundamentals of Human Factors and Ergonomics (ERG100)

This course presents fundamental concepts from multiple disciplines that are essential to practicing ergonomics. The course begins with core topics from anatomy, kinesiology and the physiology of work as applied to human abilities and limitations. The class continues with an exploration of biomechanics, anthropometry, physical and psychosocial ergonomic risk factors and analytic methods to mitigate risk exposure.

Taught by: Meg Honan, MS, PT, CPE & Melissa Afterman, MS-HFE, CPE

October 21st - December 20th, 2019 (Online)

Evidence Based Human Factors and Ergonomics (ERG110)

This course is designed to prepare the student to be a competent consumer of research by applying a thorough critique of various papers and applying conclusions from published research into ergonomic practice. Students will learn how to develop testable hypotheses and pertinent methodology for field projects assessing a workplace intervention.

Taught by: Carisa Harris, PhD, CPE, PT

January 6 – February 28, 2020 (Online)

Physical Human Factors and Ergonomics (ERG120)

This course will provide an overview of ergonomics and occupational biomechanics. The course will explore pathophysiology and risk factors of upper extremity and back loading at work, measurement of force and posture, models for risk assessment, anthropometry applied to task and workstation design, tool design, and structure of successful ergonomics programs. Students will also conduct a detailed job analysis and design a workplace intervention.

Taught by: Jim Potvin, PhD, CCPE

March 9th - May 1st, 2020 (Online)

Cognitive Human Factors and Ergonomics (ERG130)

This course deals with fundamentals of cognitive engineering and user-centered design. It is designed to introduce students to different disciplinary approaches and respective interpretations of what it means to do user-centered and learner-centered design. Students will receive an introduction into the psychological make-up of individuals, and insight on cognitive and socio-cognitive theories of how people differently perceive and interact with the world and others, as well as an introduction to principles of how people learn.

Taught by: Elizabeth Sanli, PhD

May 11th - July 3rd, 2020 (Online)

Human-Centered Design (ERG140)

The design of environments, tools, systems, and interfaces can have a dramatic impact on exposures associated with musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, and error. This course will provide an overview of topics related to the design of products, tools, environments, software and various interfaces on common devices. Familiarity with physical and cognitive human factors and ergonomics will be applied to the iterative design process to solve design problems. A focus on the pro basic engineering design and prototype concepts will be introduced.

Taught by: Jim Potvin, PhD, CCPE

July 13th - September 4th, 2020

Macroergonomics: A Systems Approach to HFE (ERG 150)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Macroergonomics field. Macroergonomics, also known as the third generation of ergonomics, is a top-down sociotechnical systems approach to the design of organizations, work systems, and jobs. The goal of macroergonomics is a fully harmonized work system at both the macro- and micro-ergonomic level which results in improved productivity, job satisfaction, health and safety, and employee commitment.

Taught by: Michelle Robertson, PhD, CPE

July 8th - 10th, 2020 at the Richmond Field Station

Applied Skills in Ergonomics: Analysis, Prevention Through Design, and Implementation

This 3-day workshop provides guided practice in advanced measurement techniques used by practitioners in the field.  New topics in ergonomics (2018 ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity, exoskeletons, etc.) will be explored through this case based approach to learning.  The hypothetical assessment of the design solutions will be explored by discussing various pilot study designs to assess its effectiveness and efficacy.  The final day will explore a systems approach during the analysis, design and implementation process, including using participatory approaches to developing policies and success metrics.  

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