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Human Factors Engineering

Designing Systems, Products, and Services to Make them Easier, Safer, and More Effective for Human Use

Anywhere there is a person using a system, human factors engineering concepts inevitably apply. This hands-on, multidisciplinary training program—now in its 61st year—provides essential user interface design experience for anyone looking to improve their organization through proven evaluation techniques.

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Key Information

Course Dates

Jul 20-25, 2020
Remote Delivery

Jul 20-25, 2020 & Jul 27-31, 2020
Remote Delivery

Jul 27-31, 2020
Remote Delivery

GO BLUE Discounts
Limited-time refund policy through July 2020


Remote Delivery

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

4 or 8

Program Overview

Week 1

The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts, offering a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers.

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Week 2

Human-computer interaction (HCI) and intelligent system design are the focus for week two, providing an overview of HCI issues through workshops that lay the foundation for effective human-computer systems.

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Sample Lectures

GOMS and the Keystroke-Level Model
Dr. Paul Green | Human Factors Engineering Program Leader, University of Michigan

Engineering Anthropometry

Dr. Bruce Bradtmiller | Owner and President, Anthrotech

Occupational Biomechanics

Dr. Richard Hughes | Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Decision Making and Cognitive Task Analysis

Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis | Professor of Psychology, George Mason University

Cognitive Walkthrough

Dr. Clayton Lewis | Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado

Design of Electronic Displays

Dr. Paul Green | Human Factors Engineering Program Leader, University of Michigan

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the major topics in design, evaluation, and research, along with current recommendations for common design problems.
  • Learn how to measure human anthropometry, estimate task completion times, and use methods in human-computer interaction.
  • Select special topics of interest from 14 seminars and workshops, including cognitive task analysis, occupational ergonomic methods, usability testing, and cognitive walkthroughs.
  • Observe current research and human factors applications during tours of the U-M Center for Ergonomics, National Center for Patient Safety, and more.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, psychologists, medical professionals, managers, and others interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability. Attendees often work in industry, government, or the military.

  • Human factors specialist
  • Human factors engineer
  • Human factors psychologist
  • Engineering psychologist
  • Usability engineer
  • User experience engineer
  • Usability analyst
  • Ergonomist
  • Ergonomics engineer
  • Safety engineer
  • Forensic expert
  • Training needs analyst
  • Systems/integration engineer
  • Occupational therapist

Lead Faculty

Paul Green

Research Professor, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Research Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering

Dr. Paul Green teaches automotive human factors and human-computer interaction classes at the University of Michigan. A leader of U-M's Human Factors Engineering Short Course for twenty-seven years, he is also the past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Dr. Green leads a research team that focuses on driver distraction, driver workload, and workload managers, navigation system design, and motor-vehicle controls and displays.

Instructional Team

Deborah Boehm-Davis
Deborah Boehm-Davis
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, George Mason University
Bruce Bradtmiller
Bruce Bradtmiller
Owner and President, Anthrotech
Neil Charness
Neil Charness
Professor of Psychology, Florida State University
Paul Green
Paul Green
Research Professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Research Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering
Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Richard Jagacinski
Richard Jagacinski
Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University
Debra Jones
Debra Jones
Head, Human Systems Engineering Branch, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Clayton Lewis
Clayton Lewis
Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado
Michael Nebeling
Michael Nebeling
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
Nadine Sarter
Nadine Sarter
Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering
Jacob Seagull
Jacob Seagull
Associate Professor of Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Sheryl Ulin
Sheryl Ulin
Research Program Officer, Center for Ergonomics
Director of Continuing Education, Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering
Douglas Wiegmann
Douglas Wiegmann
Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Post Program

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A certificate in your course of study will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

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Exclusive Facility Tours

In addition to an immersive classroom experience, you will have the opportunity to tour several internationally-renowned research facilities right here in Ann Arbor.


The U-M Center for Ergonomics has a distinguished record of research in the areas of Cognitive Ergonomics, Biomechanics, and Work Physiology and Safety, along with extensive resources including state-of-the-art laboratories, test equipment, and computer systems.


Since its inception in 1965, UMTRI has earned a significant reputation for its motor-vehicle safety research related to injury biomechanics. The institute has since embraced a variety of disciplines and is now at the forefront of connected-vehicle research and testing, sustainable mobility systems, transportation data fusion and analysis, and more.


With multidisciplinary teams in Washington D.C., Vermont, and Ann Arbor, the National Center for Patient Safety develops and nurtures a culture of safety throughout the Veterans Health Administration by providing expertise on an array of patient safety and related healthcare issues.

Recognition & Affiliation

The University of Michigan Human Factors Engineering Program is recognized by the Interaction Design Foundation


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“Appreciated the level of expertise - course was given by industry leaders and level of interaction was great.”

Human Factors Engineering course participant