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New York, NY
Department of Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine and Graduate School of Arts and Science

Title: Graduate Program of Ergonomics and Biomechanics
Est: 1985
Granted last 3 years: 5 PhD , 14 MS
Part-time: yes
Distance learning available: no
HFES student chapter: no
Program: The Graduate Program of Ergonomics and Biomechanics (ERBI) is concerned with physical ergonomics and biomechanical analysis as related to physical activity. The program provides the analytical skills essential to understanding the development of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the skills needed to manage preventive programs from initial occurrence to disability. The program trains students in basic research, study design, and the use of equipment and measurement techniques employed in ergonomic and biomechanical analysis. The curriculum starts with basic concepts, progresses to the development of analytical skills, and culminates in methods of practical application. Graduates learn to communicate with different disciplines and to integrate solutions to problems by generating ideas, presenting proposals, and facilitating management of projects within the scope of ergonomics and biomechanics. Students attracted to the ERBI program come from varied backgrounds such as medicine, physical and occupational therapy, occupational and environmental health, allied health, basic medical sciences, engineering, safety and health, industrial hygiene, industrial design, epidemiology, psychology, and kinesiology. The ERBI program is conducted at the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center (OIOC) of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. OIOC is an internationally recognized clinical, research, and educational center, and the faculty has both academic and practical experience. Accreditation: Oxford Research Institute CAE.
Contact: Ali Sheikhzadeh, OIOC, New York University, 63 Downing St., New York, NY 10014, 212/255-6690, fax 212/255-6754,,
Catalog: (free) Ali Sheikhzadeh, OIOC/HJD, 63 Downing St., New York, NY 10014; 212/255-6690, fax 212/255-6754 ;

Deadlines: April 15 (fall)
Fee: $80 online, $90 paper copy

MS: Undergraduate degree in health-related sciences, basic sciences, or engineering with a total mean grade of B (3.0) or higher. Acceptance into the MS program is based upon undergraduate grades, GRE scores, professional or academic experience, letters of recommendation, and an interview.
PhD: GPA: 3.0 GRE: 600 v, 600 q, 600 a.
Other: Master's degree in natural or physical sciences, health sciences, or engineering.
Research: medium (MS); high (PhD)
Work experience: medium
Letters: medium
Interview: high

Students applying last year: 11 (MS), 3 (PhD)
Accepted: 8 (MS), 2 (PhD)
Entered program: 4 (MS), 2 (PhD)
Openings/year: 15 (MS); 3 (PhD)

Resident and nonresident (estimated): $1080 per point, nonreturnable registration and service fee; first point: $310 (fall) and $224 (spring), nonreturnable registration and service fee per point for registration after first point: $38

% receiving: 55 (including those with employee tuition benefits)
Amount: n/a
Available: Fellowships, TA, RA, scholarship, loans, NIOSH ERC program offers two tuition awards for 8 credits each semester
Apply: With application. For information on financial aid and alternative funding, visit and For information on the ERC grant, contact Ali Sheikhzadeh at 212/652-1934.

MS: 36 units (credits/points), independent study research, no languages or practical experience, 1.5 years full time, 2-3 years part-time years
Nonthesis option: yes
PhD: 72 units (credits/points), comprehensive exams, thesis research, thesis defense, no languages or practical experience, 4-8 years
Nonthesis option: no

Required courses (units): Biomechanics (4), Physical Biomechanics (4), Applied Biomechanics in the Analysis of Human Performance (4), Practicum in Biomechanics and Ergonomics (4), Ergonomic Issues I: Physical factors in the workplace (4), Ergonomic Issues II: Environmental factors in the workplace (4), Biostatistics (4), Research Methods in Ergonomics and Biomechanics (4)
Electives: Independent Study (1-6)
Required courses outside department: 1
Offered: evenings
Class size: maximum of 15

Research facilities: Data Acquisition System consisting of general-purpose data acquisition software and a 32-channel, multifunction data acquisition board; Polhemus Liberty Tracker utilizing low-frequency magnetic field technology determines position and orientation of moving body segments relative to a source reference frame; 16-Channel Electromyography (EMG) System measures and analyzes electrical signals generated by muscles; Bruel & Kjaer Human Vibration Measurement Set measures vibration exposure on the human body; driving simulator.
Teaching: Doctoral candidates are invited to assist the faculty in teaching.
Current research: Effect of pure and combined loading on the recruitment patterns of trunk muscles; prevention of occupational low back pain; early predictors of delayed return to work in patients with low back pain; predictors of patient satisfaction; automobile instrument panel design; reach capabilities of older and younger drivers; ergonomic workplace and job analysis.

Active: 11 (MS), 8 (PhD)
First-year students: n/a
Mean scores: n/a

Marco Campello, PhD 2002, NYU; CIE; disability guidelines, return to work, stay at work
David Goldsheyder, MS 1990, NYU; CIE; biomechanics, workplace design
Manny Halpern, PhD 1999, NYU, HFES member; CPE; ergonomics, workplace design, job analysis
Rudi Hiebert, MS 2004, Johns Hopkins U; epidemiology, study design, injury prevention data base management, regression analysis
Angela Lis, MA 2000, NYU; CIE; ergonomics, biomechanics, low back pain, predictors of disability
Margareta Nordin, Dr.Sci. 1982, U Gothenburg (Sweden), HFES member; CIE; ergonomics, biomechanics, low back pain
Ali Sheikzadeh, PhD 1997, NYU; CIE; biomechanics, electromyography
Sherri Weiser, PhD 1989 City U of New York; biopsychosocial models, low back pain, occupational stress
Diane Trainor, PhD 1989, NYU; environmental science, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health

[Updated Winter 2007]

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