Pennsylvania State University

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Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics(Graduate Certificate)



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

Format: Online

Program Description:

The study of human factors engineering and ergonomics (HFEE) is generally considered to have its origins during World War II. Over the ensuing decades, 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. Why HFEE at Penn State If you are involved in the design and development of products for human use, you may find the program content of the graduate certificate in HFEE immediately applicable to your job. The three courses, totaling 9 credits, 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.


Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $790 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+