Assistive Design

A blend of human factors engineering and mechanical engineering, students in this certificate program will learn the fundamentals of design in both fields and apply them to the design of assistive devices to address real-world problems.

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Medford, MA 02155
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Assistive Design (Certificate)

This program serves as a technical credential to professionals interested in expanding their skill set to include designing for the needs of unique populations. These populations include professionals (e.g., veterinarians, dentists, and firefighters) as well as individuals with disabilities.

The certificate provides students with a unique opportunity to tailor their interests in product design to focus on optimizing for a user’s unique needs. Their skills will be of value in the fields of rehabilitation, medical technology, education, and specialty services where dedicated understanding of a user’s needs in product design are required. Students with a passion for service to the community will find this program particularly worthwhile.

The courses in this program fulfill requirements in both the MS in Human Factors Engineering and the MS in Mechanical Engineering programs. Students may transfer credits towards a master's degree in either of these programs at Tufts.

Courses include:

> Designing Physical Solutions for Unique Populations
> Inventive Design
> Human-Machine System Design
> A 100-level course elective in Engineering Psychology

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Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores (if applicable)
> Transcripts
> One letter of recommendation

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For questions about this program, please contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Science & Engineering Complex
Robinson Hall, Room 150
School of Engineering
Tufts University

200 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3239
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