Summer Institute Workshop

The UC Ergonomics Research & Graduate Training Program, the UC Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the Bay Area HFES Chapter and the San Francisco ASSE present a 2-day course on the latest updates, techniques and tools to assess physical exposures in the workplace.  Advancements in technology and well known and risk assessment tools have evolved and allow for more precise exposure assessment and interpretation. This course includes seminars and hands-on workshops for participants to learn about these new technologies and approaches to measuring physical exposure and assessing risk for musculoskeletal disorders. (Annually during the 2nd week of July)


Online Course

Fundamentals of Ergonomics

This course presents the fundamental concepts from multiple disciplines that are essential to practicing ergonomics.  The course begins with basic musculoskeletal anatomy, cardiovascular physiology, kinesiology and biomechanical concepts that are critical to understanding how the body interacts with the work environment to minimize risk of injury and to optimize worker performance.  Students will explore anthropometry, ergonomics risk factors, root cause analysis and solution development to mitigate risk exposure.  The course will introduce concepts of cognitive and physical ergonomics including information processing, task and workstation design and analysis, tool design, and structure of corporate ergonomics programs.  Students will evaluate different environments based on the concepts introduced in this course. (8-wk Course August & September)


Online Course

Introduction to Physical Ergonomics

The purpose of this course is to develop the ability of students to identify the components of occupational tasks that can contribute to musculoskeletal injury and/or fatigue, quantify the risks associated with those components using the most relevant ergonomics assessment tools, and to integrate that information into conclusions regarding the acceptability of the risk. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of optimal task design and gain experience writing reports that summarize their findings and effectively support their conclusions. This course will challenge students to assess many practical examples from a wide variety of workplace sectors, including manufacturing, health care, agriculture and others, and interpret data from sources that will not always agree, so that decisions can be made and defended. Students will learn about the various biomechanical, psychophysical, physiological and epidemiological criteria used in physical ergonomics, and how they can be integrated during the process of decision making. (8-wk course October & November)


This graduate course is a survey of cognitive and physical ergonomics, covering topics of human information processing, physiological and biomechanical functioning, and implications for design of the workplace and jobs in that workplace. The field of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) is interdisciplinary, with applications wherever humans interact with equipment in a system context. Examples will be drawn from manufacturing, medicine, aerospace, ground transportation, and computer interaction. Students will learn an overview of HFE principles and understand how they fit into engineering design and analysis. Typical design and operational problems in work domains, as well as their HFE solutions, will be highlighted. Students will apply HFE principles to design problems Also, the course will seek to improve the teamwork, written and oral presentation skills of each student. To prepare for class, each student will be expected to complete the assigned reading assignment(s) and outside of class work. (8-wk Course, January-February)

Online Course

Introduction to Cognitive Ergonomics