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Degree in Occupational Therapy | Northeastern University

Occupational Ergonomics and Health (MS)


The Occupational Ergonomics and Health program incorporates Northeastern University’s unique experiential learning approaches by immersing students in real work scenarios and case studies. Based in public health approaches applied to the community of work places, students will complete projects both individually and in teams to develop skills to administer comprehensive and integrated programs for the workplace. This is the only degree program that combines ergonomics and health wellness programs.

The 21st century workplace demands an interprofessional approach to reach across organizational boundaries to ensure health and safety values in the workplace are uniform and consistent to most effectively impact worker health. Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ unique interprofessional approach to health care will ensure students develop skills to meet this need.

Application Due Date

The application deadline is March 15.


Our Graduate Program requires 36 semester hours of coursework and a 4 semester hour capstone project. The program can be completed within 12 months for full-time students and within 36 months for part time students.

Sample Schedule

Sample Course Pattern for Full Time Students

  • Fall Semester - Year 1

    • PT6400: Ergonomics (new 3 SH)
    • PHTH 5210: Biostats (3 SH)
    • HINF 6201 – Organizational (3 SH)
    • Elective (3/4 SH)
    • Elective: (2/4 SH)
  • Spring Semester - Year 1

    • PT6410: Work Place Wellness (new 3 SH)
    • PHTH 5214: Environmental Health (3 SH)
    • PHTH 5202: Epidemiology (3 SH)
    • Elective (3/4 SH)
    • Elective (3/4 SH)
  • Summer Semester - Year 1

    • PT6978 Independent study/Capstone Project
    • Elective (3/4)
Required Core Classes

PHTH 5210 Biostatistics in Public Health (3 SH)
PHTH 5202 Epidemiology (3 SH)

Occupational Health

PHTH 5214 Environmental Health (3 SH)
PT 6400 Ergonomics and the Work environment (new 3 SH)
PT 6410 Workplace wellness and health promotion programs (new 3 SH)
HINF 6201 Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management
PT 6978 Independent study


SOCL 7270 Sociology of Work and Employment (3 CH)
CAEP 6203 Understanding Cultural Diversity
CAEP 6220 Life Span Counseling
IE 7315 Human Factors Engineering (4 SH)
PHTH 5224 Social Epidemiology (3 SH)
PHTH 5228 Advances in Measuring Behavior (3 SH)
PHTH 5240 Critical Appraisal of Scientific Research Literature
PHTH 6320 Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness (3 SH)
EXCS 6233 Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health (3 SH)
PT 6243 Health Assessment Wellness Lecture (3 SH)


The Capstone is an advanced level project course. The course requires students to integrate what they have learned through their academic coursework and their experiential learning experience (co-op, research, study abroad, and service). Capstones are oftentimes interdisciplinary.


Faculty within the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences engage in novel interventions, both clinically and through research endeavors to promote worker wellness. These activities include: health screening programs, wellness interventions and analysis of data related to worker health outcomes.


Graduates of the program are expected to fulfill positions in organizations seeking to promote worker health through integrated approaches of ergonomics and wellness. With the changing nature of work and health care, organizations are building and expanding their primary prevention efforts for workers in the workplace. Such organizations need leaders to meet these challenges creating a culture of health and safety for their employees.

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