Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

The Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics comprises 3 courses totaling 9 credits. Some courses may have prerequisites; you many need to consult with a faculty adviser to determine if you have the necessary experience to enroll or need to complete prerequisite work first. To enroll in the certificate proram visit the Penn State World Campus program page.

The Office for Digital Learning in partnership with the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering has a team of individuals who are dedicated to providing quality courses, customer service and support for all students who are involved in Industrial Engineering distance education courses. They have years of experience in dealing with the corporate adult student and will be your Penn State interface for everything from registration to computer account access to shipping your course materials.

If you are a US Veteran and plan to use VA benefits for tuition assistance, you must first complete two on-line forms:

Both forms are available from the Office of Veteran Programs.

If you have any questions or require assistance completing these forms, please contact Brian Clark at the OVPEE. You can also check out the World Campus Military Benefits Website.

Tentative Schedule

The table below shows the most recent schedule of current and future course offerings. Detailed information on each course can be obtained by clicking on the course.

Spring Summer Fall
IE 553
Engineering of Human Work
(3 cr) (Freivalds)
IE 479
Human Centered Product Design
(3 cr) (Freivalds)
IE 558
Engineering of Cognitive Work
(3 cr) (Rothrock)

IE 511
Experimental Design in Engineering
(3 cr) (Freivalds)

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For more information regarding the Technical Requirements needed by students, please see the Course Delivery page.

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Industrial Engineering Graduate Level DISTANCE EDUCATION

Distance education involves the linking of teacher(s) and student(s), through technology rather than face-to-face interaction. Distance education serves the educational needs of people who cannot come to a Penn State campus due to job, family, time, distance, economic, or other constraints.

Penn State’s first distance education courses, developed over one hundred years ago, used the U.S. mail to link students and teachers. Today, we employ various technologies, including: the Internet, interactive video conferencing, live or on-demand streaming media, fax, and e-mail to deliver and facilitate the interaction between learners and teachers. The tremendous technological advances in recent years in computing power, storage technology, and communication links have set the stage for marvelous advances in the quantity and quality of distance education. Penn State faculty and staff are working to bring you new and exciting learning opportunities through distance education.



The Office for Digital Learning in the College of Engineering supports engineers in lifelong learning - the process of acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to remain current in a chosen field. In today's rapidly-changing, knowledge-based economy, engineers must devote the time and effort to learn new skills and technologies in order to add value for their employers and clients and to remain personally marketable. 

Office for Digital Learning

College of Engineering

301-A Engineering Unit C

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-7643