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Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Department of Kinesiology

Ergonomics and Injury Prevention Minor
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The Honours Kinesiology program has been a leader in preparing students for future study/practice in ergonomics and injury prevention. Kinesiologists are concerned with the assessment and prescription of solutions to problems in the workplace that involve issues such as human-machine interaction, matching skill level with job demands, employee wellness, circadian rhythm, workplace boredom, fatigue, and design of equipment in the interests of maximizing productivity and minimizing the risk of injury. The kinesiology core includes several courses in ergonomics and injury prevention; the course requirements for the Ergonomics and Injury Prevention Minor have been selected to provide students with a thorough background in the biophysical and behavioural sciences of human motion and related measurement and problem-solving skills directly relevant for further study/certification/practice in ergonomics and injury prevention.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must be in an honours or three- or four-year general program at the University of Waterloo. 
  2. Normally, a maximum of 2.5 units (5 courses) obtained on a Letter of Permission or in transfer credit may be applied toward fulfillment of the Ergonomics and Injury Prevention Minor course requirements. These courses must be equivalent to courses listed in the course requirements (including any prerequisites) as assessed by the department offering the replaced course.
  3. Successful completion of 5.0 units from the requirements listed below.


* KIN 431, KIN 432, KIN 433, KIN 472 must be an ergonomics and injury prevention topic and approved in advance by the course supervisor and associate chair, undergraduate studies.

Successful completion of 5.0 units from the following requirements: 

  1. Required courses (2.5 units):
    KIN 221
    KIN 320
    KIN 420
    KIN 428
    HRM 200
  2. Electives (2.5 units):
    Select five courses from the following list:
    KIN 340
    KIN 356
    KIN 403
    KIN 427
    KIN 431*
    KIN 432*
    KIN 433* or KIN 472*
    KIN 451
    HLTH 340
    HLTH 350
    MSCI 211
    STV 202
    STV 302
    SYDE 162
    SYDE 348
    SYDE 542
    SYDE 543


Students should take as many electives as possible from the list above as this is beneficial for those seeking professional certification with the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists.


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