Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics (OSE)


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Learn how you can develop and manage safe and healthy environments for workers by engineering solutions to minimize injuries and hazards. There is high demand for skilled professionals and well trained researchers with experience in Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics, and efforts to improve workplace well being have an impact. Improved working environments, safer machinery, better worker training, and dramatic changes in the nature of work itself, have resulted in the decline of both fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries. Yet occupational injury remains a major national concern and economic burden. Through the OSE program, you can contribute to the design, analysis, implementation, and improvement of facilities, equipment, tools, and processes to assure the safety and well-being of human resources in all work environments and the surrounding communities.

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 Key Topics: Occupational safety management, safety engineering, physical hazards, human-system integration, exposure science, epidemiology, experiment design

Required and Elective Courses


Required: EHS 601 (Exposure Science and Health; 3 credits)

Required: EHS 658 (Physical Hazards; 2 credits)

Pick 1 Systems Safety Elective: IOE 438 (Occupational Safety Management; 2 credits) or IOE 434 (Human Error and Complex System Failures; 3 credits)

Required: IOE 539 (Safety Engineering Methods; 3 credits)

Pick 1 EHS Elective: Occupational and Environmental Disease (EHS 603; 3 credits) or Essentials of Toxicology (EHS 602; 3 credits) or Biological Agents (EHS 576; 2 credits) or Evaluation of Chemical Hazards (EHS 652; 3 credits) or Psychosocial Factors (EHS 585; 3 credits) or Occupational Health Aspects of Industrial Processes (EHS 757; 2 units)

Pick 1 Physical Ergonomics Elective: IOE 535 (Quantifying Human Motion Through Wearable Sensors; 3 credits) or IOE 534  (Occupational Biomechanics; 3 credits)


Required: PUBHLTH 512 (Principles of Epidemiology For Public Health; 3 credits)

Pick 1 Statistics Elective: IOE 465 or IOE 570 (Design of Experiments; 3 credits)


Required: IOE 590 (Independent Research; 3 credits)
(Note: IOE 990 should be selected for a doctoral student)

Required: IOE 837 (Occupational Health and Safety Engineering Seminar; 1 credit)

Required: EHS 510 (Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship; 1 credit)


Pick 1 IOE Ergonomics Elective: IOE 431 (Human-Centered and User Experience Design; 3 credits); IOE 430 (Global Cultural Systems Engineering; 3 credits); IOE 463 (Measurement and Design of Work; 3 credits); IOE 533 (Human Motor Behavior and Engineering Systems; 3 credits)
Note: In this category you make take one of the IOE courses that was optional from the other categories that was not taken to fulfill that category, with the exception that you may not receive credit for both IOE 465 and IOE 570.

The University Michigan’s program in Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics, based in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in the College of Engineering, provides graduate training in applied ergonomics to design and manage workplaces that are safe and productive.

We are recruiting highly motivated students for our masters and doctoral programs with undergraduate backgrounds in:

  • Engineering

  • Science

  • Psychology

Courses and research activities emphasize accident and injury prevention through engineering control of workplace hazards.

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Watch an informational video about the program


For more information:

Contact the OSE Director, Leia Stirling (

Student Funding Opportunities

We receive funding support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.