Certificate Programs


Medical Devices and Systems Graduate Certificate – (4 Courses**)

Overview

The rate of preventable deaths due to medical error is huge. A widely cited report published in 2016 suggests at least 250,000 patients die each year due to medical error, making it the third leading cause of death in the USA. A large percentage of these deaths are related to poor user interface design.

Recognizing the medical error “epidemic,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires the manufacturers to Class II and III devices to apply HFE through the device development process and validate that representative users can operate them safely. This requirement has increased the demand for professionals in the field of human factors engineering who have special knowledge about the design and evaluation of medical technology.

The Human Factors Engineering Program at Tufts University can help prepare you to enter this exciting field!

The Graduate Certificate consists of FOUR courses (many available as evening classes!).   Students interested in earning a masters degree can often apply these certificate courses toward a master’s degree in human factors engineering.

Read the PDF Certificate Description.

Certificate Faculty Advisor:
James Intriligator, Ph.D. 617.627.2071

Who Should Apply?
The program is open to individuals with a solid bachelor’s degree in a relevant area (or with industry experience) and is especially useful for human factors professionals, user interface designers, and others who wish to develop or enhance their medical/health technology assessment, validation, and overall design skills.   Apply now.

Program of Study
The certificate requires four courses:

  • Two foundation courses:
  • 2 more courses from approved list, including such classes as:
    • ENP-0149-ID – Industrial Design
    • ENP-0105 – Assistive Technology
    • ENP-0161 – Human Factors in Product Design
    • ENP-0166 – Computer Interface Design
    • ENP-0163 – Analytical Methods
    • COMP-0171 – Human-Computer Interaction
    • ME-0102 – Inventive Design
    • BME-0100 – Design of Medical Instrumentation

Course numbers/titles are subject to change. Descriptions of some of these courses are available on our courses page, and others can be found via SIS.

This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Tufts Department of Psychology, the School of Engineering, and the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts.

Tuition
Please see the Graduate Programs website for information about current tuition rates.

 

Human-Computer Interaction Certificate Program (4 Courses**)

Overview

With hardware processing power increasing and software development techniques improving, the user interface is fast becoming the key bottleneck in developing computer products that meet market needs.

When the human-computer interface does not reflect the needs of the intended users, products fail in the marketplace, and enormous sums of money are spent on documentation, help lines, and training courses to overcome the difficulties of running programs. Much of this difficulty can be avoided with proper attention to both the physical and psychological constraints of the user.

Extending the expertise of its internationally recognized Human Factors program, Tufts has designed this certificate program to train the next generation of computer programmers for tomorrow’s complex programming challenges. Students must complete four courses, including those in engineering psychology, user interface design, and computer programming. Students interested in earning a graduate degree can often apply these certificate courses toward a master’s degree in computer science or human factors.

Certificate Faculty Advisor:
Daniel J. Hannon, Ph.D. 617.627.2021   or

James Intriligator, Ph.D. 617.627.2071

Who Should Apply?
The program is open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree and is especially useful for computer programmers, web designers, software engineers, human factors professionals, user interface designers, and others who wish to develop or enhance their user interface design and implementation skills. Apply now.

Program of Study
The certificate requires four courses:

  1. Two foundation courses:
    • COMP 171 Human-Computer Interaction
    • PSY 53/ENP 61 Engineering Psychology
  2. One or more of the following:
    • COMP 86 Object-Oriented Programming for GUIs
    • ENP 161 Human Factors in Product Design
    • ENP 162 Man-Machine System Design
    • ENP 166 Applied Design of Software User Interfaces
    • PSY 130 Advanced Engineering Psychology
  3. Electives
    • COMP 20 Web Programming
    • COMP 175 Computer Graphics
    • EE 120 Computer Animation for Technical Communications
    • OTS 105 Assistive Technology

Course numbers/titles are subject to change. Descriptions are available on our courses page.

This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Tufts Department of Psychology, the School of Engineering, and the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts.

Tuition
Please see the Graduate Programs website for information about current tuition rates.

 

** NOTE, Tufts has an option that allows people to take just a one-off class.  If this is of interest, here is a link with more info:  https://asegrad.tufts.edu/academics/gcap

For this option, all that is required is the online application (general personal info), a copy of your undergraduate transcript, and a copy of a visa (if applicable).