PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Occupational Safety, Ergonomics, and Injury Prevention (MS, MISE, PhD in Safety and Ergonomics (only) in Injury Prevention)

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

1969 

Accredited by HFES?

Yes

Joint program

Program is part of the NIOSH-supported Deep South Education and Research Center (ERC), which includes programs in industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, and occupational health nursing.

Contact person for more information, including applications

Sean Gallagher, 207 Dunstan Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5346;
334/844-1420; seangallagher@auburn.edu

Web site

http://eng.auburn.edu/research/centers/
occupational-safety-ergonomics-injury-prevention/programs.html

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS, MISE, PhD

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Emphasis is placed on occupational safety engineering, ergonomics, and injury prevention applications. The goal is to provide students the capability to effectively and economically resolve, preferably by engineering design, occupational human performance problems.

Number of degrees granted during last 3 years

MISE 8, MS 2, PhD 3

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are required courses offered through distance learning?

All of the required coursework for master's degrees is available on DVD or in streaming video format from the Auburn Graduate Outreach Program (http://www.gop.auburn.edu).

Coursework for the safety and ergonomics PhD emphases are also available.

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

No


 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadlines

July 15 (fall), November 15 (spring), April 15 (summer)

Application fees

$25 domestic students, $50 international students


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

GPA: 3.0

GRE: 1150 v + q

Other: Undergraduate degrees in IE, other engineering fields, and the life sciences are preferred (in that order). Mathematics equivalent to calculus for undergraduate engineers, statistics through single-factor ANOVA, basic ergonomics/safety, and computer literacy required or must be obtained from nongraduate credit prerequisite courses.

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: low

Work experience: low

Letters: medium

Interview: n/a

Tuition and fees

Resident: $2,800/semester (est.) 

Nonresident: $8,400/semester (est.)


 

ADMISSIONS

Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year

15

Number of students accepted into the program last year

7

Number of students entering the program last year

4

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

6


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

90%

Amount received per year

Variable

Types of assistance available

NIOSH stipends/fellowships (for U.S. citizens), TA, RA, tuition exempt

When should students apply for financial assistance?

With application


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

MS, MISE, PhD

Number of units required

MS: 30 units (38 for students receiving NIOSH support)

MISE: 30 units (38 for students receiving NIOSH support)
 
PhD: at least 48 hours beyond the bachelor's degree including an industrial systems and engineering core of 18 hours

Exams required

MS: oral exam

MISE: oral exam

PhD: general and oral exams

Language requirements

MS: none

MISE:  none

PhD: none

Research required

MS: none

MISE: none

PhD: research plan of at least 12 hours

Practical experience required

MS: none

MISE: none

PhD: none

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

MS: 2
 
MISE: 2

PhD: 3 minimum

Is there a non-thesis option?

MS: yes

MISE: yes

PhD: no


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

Department core: 18 hours for all graduate degrees (includes either Ergonomics I-Work Physiology (3) or Safety Engineering I). Other required courses in addition to both of the previously mentioned for safety and ergonomics students include Ergonomics II: Biomechanics (3), Safety Engineering II: Systems Safety (3), Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Hazards (3), and Human factors Engineering (3). For Safety/Ergonomics PhDs only: Advanced Safety Engineering (3) and Research Methods (3). Injury Prevention PhDs are enocouraged to take the above course, though Industrial Hygiene is not required. Injury Prevention students also take courses in general public health and epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Number of courses outside department that are required

0

Number of courses outside department that are recommended

TBD depending on student's background

Average or typical class size in a required course

8


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 
State-of-the-art laboratory and computer facilities are available for research in safety engineering, ergonomics/human factors, and injury prevention. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program: 
Graduate students are encouraged to serve as teaching assistants or as the primary instructor in basic undergraduate courses in statistics, engineering economy, work measurement, and ergonomics.

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students: 
Workplace assessment and design; safety communication in multilingual environments; evacuation modeling; patient handling in restricted spaces; evaluation and control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders; personal protective equipment design manpower studies; operations research applications to occupational safety; ergonomics/human factors.


 

STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program

On campus: 5 Masters, 5 PhDs, 11 Outreach

Current number of first-year students
in program

3

Based on current graduate students in the MS/MISE and PhD programs, the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate GPA by degree being sought are

MS/MISE: GRE 625 q, GPA 3.3

PhD: GRE 675 q, GPA 3.5


 

FACULTY

Jerry Davis, PhD 2001, Auburn U.; systems safety, ergonomics, and manpower evaluations

Nathan T. Dorris, (visiting) PhD 2004, Auburn U.; human factors and warning systems

Leo A. Smith, (emeritus) PhD 1966, Purdue U.; safety and ergonomics 

Robert B. Rummer, (adjunct) PhD, 1988, Auburn U.; safety and ergonomics with focus in forestry related applications 

Robert E. Thomas, PhD 1988, Texas A&M U.; safety and ergonomics

[Updated January 2014]