Ergonomics (Graduate)

The Ergonomics Certificate is offered jointly by the Colleges of Health Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences. It is a Graduate level program. For Admission Forms or more information on course schedules, please contact Prof. Arun Garg, Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at 414-229-6240 or arun@uwm.edu.

This innovative, well-established certificate program is designed to satisfy the demand for increased understanding of work place safety considerations with emphasis on a) theoretical concepts, b) job analysis techniques, and c) practical applications. Following are just a few of the factors that have contributed to the rapid growth of ergonomics as a profession:

  • In 2000, OSHA's Ergonomic Standards were proposed.
  • In 1993, the Board of Certification in Ergonomics and Human Factors began certifying the Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).
  • In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is ratified creating special ergonomic compliance issues.
  • Workers' compensations costs continue to increase.
  • Product liability litigation continues to increase.
  • Management realizes the impact on ergonomics on their workers' quality and productivity.

The program is designed to provide study, training and experience to graduate students who wish to specialize in Ergonomics, and for those who will sit for the Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) examination. Its emphasis is both in theoretical principles and job analysis methods, and it demonstrates various techniques and case studies for implementing ergonomic concepts in practical settings. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory experience, and projects as applicable.

The Graduate School description of the program provides more details at http://graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/areas-of-study/certificates/ergonomics/


Applicants must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in any department of UWM


Must be admitted as a non-degree graduate student at UWM -and- must have successfully completed at least three credits each in Anatomy/Physiology; Statistics; and Biomechanics/Physics


The completion of 15 credit hours (6 courses) with a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for the certificate program.

Course Number Course Name Credits
490-580 Ergonomics of Workplace 3 cr
490-780 Advanced Ergonomics: Low Back 3 cr
490-783 Advanced Ergonomics: Upper Extremity 3 cr
490-786 Applied Biostatistics in Ergonomics 3 cr
490-788 Legal Issues & Regulatory Agencies in Ergonomics 1 cr
490-790 Design Project 2 cr