Ergonomics and Human FactorsStrategic Solutions for Workplace Safety and Health

  • On-Site
  • February 2225, 2021
  • $2,175

Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

With thirty years’ experience in occupational health I believe this program offers the ‘most bang for your buck.' The program offers accurate evaluations and tools professionals can use to establish a proactive cost effective safety program.
  • —Leslie Holander, MSN, ANP-BC
  • Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Program Overview

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a leading cause of employee injury and illness across industries and occupations. Fortunately, work-related MSDs and their associated costs can be prevented through the effective application of ergonomic principles.

This applied program brings together professionals from across industries and sectors to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders and improve workplace health and safety through ergonomics. Ergonomics and Human Factors explores both the technical skills required to perform job assessments and the organizational factors which contribute to successful ergonomics programs.

Participants will complete this program ready to control health and performance problems through ergonomic interventions, optimize their organization’s ergonomics program, and improve employee health and safety.

Improve Employee Health and Safety

With a focus on improving worker health and safety, this program offers practical advice for implementing and optimizing workplace ergonomics programs. In addition, the technical skills required for occupational ergonomic interventions are explored through lectures, group work, and in-depth discussions. This course is unique in considering both the public health and industry perspectives.

New Office Ergonomics Sessions

Poorly designed work stations, bad work habits, and prolonged sitting can all have serious adverse health effects. With much of the American workforce performing sedentary work at a desk all day, office ergonomics has taken on new levels of importance. This course now includes an expanded focus on office ergonomics to address these challenges. New sessions include:

  • Sit Stand Desks and the Necessary Training
  • Considerations for Standing Work
  • Physiology of Sitting, Standing, and Walking-Integration of Treadmills to Improve Workstations
  • Review of the Evidence for Workstations
  • System’s Approaches to Combating the Sedentary Workplace


Objectives & Highlights

At Ergonomics and Human Factors, You Will Learn to:

  • Initiate or improve ergonomics programs to optimize system performance and well-being
  • Perform basic analysis to identify, evaluate, and control risk factors that contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Describe evidence based approaches to combat the sedentary workplace

Highlighted Program Topics:

  • Design and management of workplace ergonomics programs
  • Office ergonomics
  • Anatomy and physiology of low-back pain and upper-extremity disorders
  • Analysis, control, and treatment of work hazards, including NIOSH lifting equation, RULA, and Strain Index


This program provides a unique perspective on ergonomics and human factors in industry by exploring both physical and organizational ergonomics. Sessions on physical ergonomics will provide job-assessment tools, consider occupational biomechanical issues, and explore scientific studies offering the latest evidence for physical risk factors, treatments, and MSDs.

Organizational ergonomics sessions include examples of successful ergonomic programs and considerations for effective program management. Participants will also explore critical issues in organizational ergonomics including management commitment, employee involvement (participatory approaches), hazard recognition, loss control, and return-to-work policies.

Credits and Logistics

Please note: A laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees


February 2021

Please check back for updated information.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The program takes place at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program. Specific credit counts will be published when available; please check back for updated information.

All credits subject to final agenda.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

 ERC shield

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has an Education and Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


Current faculty, subject to change.

Jack T. Dennerlein, PhD

Program Director

Northeastern University
Adjunct Professor of Ergonomics and Safety
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, February 22, 2021
6:15–6:45 am Check-In and Continental Breakfast
6:45–7:00 am Classroom Technology Orientation
7:00–7:30 am Dennerlein Welcome and Introductions
7:30–9:00 am Dennerlein Ergonomics: A Foundation in Public and Environmental Health
9:00–9:15 am Refreshment Break
9:15–10:15 am Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders
10:15–10:30 am Break
10:30–11:30 am Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Low Back Pain
11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–1:30 pm Low Back Pain Disability Management
1:30–1:45 pm Refreshment Break
1:45–3:00 pm Dennerlein Office Ergonomics
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
7:00–7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30–8:45 am Dennerlein Sedentary Work: Evidence and Approaches for Combating Sedentary Work
8:45–9:00 am Refreshment Break
9:00–10:45 am Job Analysis Tools for Manual Materials Handling
10:45–11:45 am Lunch
11:45 am–1:30 pm Manual Materials Handling Case Studies and Workshop
1:30–1:45 pm Refreshment Break
1:45–2:45 pm Slips, Trips, and Falls: Latest Epidemiology and Approaches in Prevention
2:45–4:00 pm The Impact of Work and Workplace Interventions on Sleep Health
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:00–7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30–8:45 am Making the Business Case for Ergonomics
8:45–9:00 am Refreshment Break
9:00–10:45 am Upper Extremity Metrics and Analysis Tools
10:45–11:45 am Lunch
11:45 am–1:30 pm Upper Extremity Cases: Applying the Tools
1:30–1:45 pm Refreshment Break
1:45–2:45 pm Participatory Approaches for Health and Wellness
2:45–3:00 pm Break
3:00–4:00 pm Introduction to Cognitive Ergonomics
Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00–7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30–8:30 am Ergonomics Program Management I
8:30–8:45 am Refreshment Break
8:45–10:00 am Team Working Time
10:00–11:00 am Team Presentations on Management Interventions
11:00 am–12:00 pm Lunch
12:00–1:30 pm Process Approaches to Prevention: Applications in the Biotechnology Industry
1:30–1:45 pm Refreshment Break
1:45–3:15 pm Planning for Organizational Change: Applying Total Worker Health® Approaches to Improve Worker Safety, Health, and Well-being
3:15–3:45 pm Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Who Should Participate

Ergonomics and Human Factors is ideal for professionals with direct responsibility for the health and safety of employees and the work environment. The program will include participants from diverse job functions, companies, industries, and countries. Ideal participants include:

  • Corporate medical staff
  • Ergonomists
  • Human resource professionals
  • Human factors professionals
  • Industrial hygienists
  • Manufacturing and design engineers
  • Occupational health practitioners
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Safety and health managers and engineers