This ergonomics course has been designed for students who wish to study and apply principles of ergonomics including:
- History of ergonomics
- Human anatomy and physiology,
- Injury and disease causation
- Posture and biomechanics
- Work design
- Occupational stress
- Accidents and errors
- Ergonomic evaluation and control techniques
- Ergonomic programs
This curriculum is designed to develop entry level knowledge, skills and competencies in ergonomics. Students completing all three units should be able to apply concepts and principles of ergonomics to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control ergonomic risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in a broad range of workplace settings to improve human-job interface, increase productivity, and increase worker safety while preventing injury.
Unit 1 - Principles of Ergonomics: factors that have been recognized to improve or degrade the human work experience; develop skills for anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of ergonomic hazards.
Unit 2 - Ergonomics of the Office Environment: the modern office environment, using computers safely, cumulative trauma disorders and provides an opportunity for you to develop skills for anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of ergonomic hazards unique to the office workplace to prevent cumulative trauma disorders.
Unit 3 - Ergonomics of Back Injuries: lifting safely, back disorders, work evaluation, equipment and design; develop skills for anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of ergonomic hazards unique to manual materials handling, aimed at preventing back injuries in the workplace.
Students completing the course satisfactorily will receive the Certificate in Basic 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.
Textbooks and Materials
All course materials are available online and no textbook is required.
Dr. Rosecrance has been a physical therapist for more than 20 years specializing in the treatment of occupational illnesses & injuries. Over the last 15 years his work has focused on the prevention of occupation illnesses & injuries through ergonomics. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist & has been a consultant to approximately 30 companies in the U.S. Using ergonomic principles he has worked successfully with many companies to reduce injuries, increase production efficiency & improve the quality of products & services. Dr. Rosecrance teaches graduate courses in ergonomics, performs research studies in occupational health and provides consultation to companies for improving work practices. He has participated in numerous educational seminars relating to ergonomics in the U.S., Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Slovakia and Malta. His area of research expertise is in the cause and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders with a specific focus on carpal tunnel syndrome.