The inclusion of ergonomics as a joint program between industrial engineering and psychology at the graduate level was discussed. The joint nature of such a program would include cross listed courses in both areas of concentration and support from both departments in terms of teaching, space, and equipment. The author noted that the ergonomist in an engineering design setting would be the protagonist of human performance and as such the educational program should include study of human anatomical, physiological, and psychological characteristics. The joint program at North Carolina State University was reviewed. Students with undergraduate degrees in engineering and psychology were exposed to ergonomics subspecialties such as systems design, human performance theory, environmental factors, anthropometry, biomechanics, work physiology, and work design. NIOSH trainees were required to include environmental health in their course of study. The advantages of a minor distributed across academic departments was discussed with regard to fostering intercampus faculty and student interaction. NIOSH trainees were involved in safety related project or thesis research as well as field studies. Graduates of the program have taken positions in safety research, safety management, safety education, safety consulting as well as safety engineers and administrators within industry and government. Growing research interest in occupational stress was noted.
Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education: A Dialogue Between Two Communities, Division of Safety Research and Division of Training and Manpower Development, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103