Ergonomics and Human Factors

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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


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.

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Continuing Education Credit

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

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