The Advanced Occupational Ergonomics course has been designed for working professionals who wish to apply the principles of occupational ergonomics to their workplace. Because ergonomics involves people from all aspects of a business, this course was developed for a wide range of employees. Typical participants in this course have included: Human Resource Professionals, Risk Managers, Industrial Engineers, Health and Safety Professionals, Occupational Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, as well as Ergonomics and Safety Committee Members. Additionally, many college students from universities that don't have an ergonomics course have enrolled in this course.
The curriculum was completely redesigned in 2018 to provide beginning through advanced level knowledge, skills and competencies in occupational ergonomics. This comprehensive course is appropriate for individuals with no experience in ergonomics and those looking for more advanced training and skills. Individuals completing the course will be able to apply concepts and principles of ergonomics to identify, develop, implement and evaluate solutions to ergonomic challenges in their workplace.
The course is focused around four general goals of occupational ergonomics including: 1) improved work efficiency and production, 2) enhanced quality of products or services, 3) reduced injuries and illnesses, and 4) improved quality of work life.
The course topics are divided into five units that comprise 26 video modules (see syllabus). Although there are no required readings, each module includes notes from the video presentation and suggested readings for individuals that want to explore deeper into specific topics. Video modules are approximately 30-35 minutes in length followed by a 15-question quiz.
Course participants choose three of the six course application projects to complete. Each application project requires approximately 30 minutes to two hours. All participants in the course have the opportunity to contact the instructor or teaching assistant via Canvas or email throughout the duration of the course.
A sample of the topics in the course modules include:
- Risk Assessment of low back Injury
- Design for productivity, quality and safety
- Carpal tunnel syndrome syndrome
- Organization and layout of manufacturing workstations
- Integrating Lean Six-Sigma principles into ergonomics
- Computer workstation evaluations
- Office design for the Millennial workforce
- Work stress and what to do about it
- Absenteeism, presenteeism and sleep
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Safety and ergonomics culture
- Ergonomic Assessments and Hazard Recognition
- Cost benefit analysis and return on investment
Students completing the course satisfactorily (total score on quizzes and projects > 80%) will receive the Certificate in Advanced Occupational Ergonomics from Colorado State University.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
This course is offered twice a year and begins January 1 and July 1. Students may enroll roughly through the half-way point of the 6-month period.
Please note that the course may be completed ahead of the schedule but will not be extended.
Textbooks and Materials
All course materials are available online and no textbook is required.
Professor John Rosecrance has been a physical therapist for more than 30 years specializing in the treatment of occupational illnesses and injuries. Over the last 25 years his work has focused on improvements in process efficiency, product quality and prevention of occupational injuries through ergonomic design. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and has been a consultant to approximately 50 U.S. companies. Dr. Rosecrance teaches graduate courses in ergonomics, conducts ergonomics research and provides ergonomic consultation to companies for improving work practices. Dr. Rosecrance is a professor at Colorado State University and visiting professor at the University of Sassari, Italy. He has published and presented his work throughout the U.S and Europe.