Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

Understand the science and engineering behind products and workplace design

This 9-credit program encompasses the design and development of products for human use. This highly flexible certificate program enables you to enhance your knowledge in the field of product and workplace design. The program teaches students how to emphasize the application of user engineering design principles and the tools and methods to assess and enhance quality and productivity for both consumers and employees.

The study of human factors engineering and ergonomics is generally considered to have its origins during World War II. It has grown to encompass virtually every industry, including product design and development and design engineering. With rapid advances in science and technology, the discipline is becoming more important as employers and employees take a more proactive role to prevent workplace injuries, reduce health care costs, and optimize the interaction between people and systems to enhance safety, performance, usability, and satisfaction.

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Contact information:

  • Graduate Program Office
    344 Leonhard Building
    University Park, PA 16802



Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745