Founded in 1984 in the Department of Psychology and College of Engineering, the University of Idaho Human Factors program focuses on improving the quality of human interactions with technology and the built environment. Our program affords students the opportunity to develop broad competency in human factors psychology and user experience engineering. The program provides professional training in the theoretical and methodological foundations relevant to human factors practitioners and researchers.
Graduates of our program have found rewarding employment in diverse fields, including software and web usability, product development, consulting, public safety, health-care, nuclear power, surface transportation, aviation systems, and research. They work for corporations such as Hewlett Packard, UserCentric, Battelle, Bruce Power (Canada), and at research institutes such as the Idaho National Laboratory and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. A number of our M.S. graduates have been accepted into Ph.D. programs in Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, and Neuroscience.
Besides the on-campus program the University of Idaho offers a master’s degree in human factors for distance students. Many of the students participating in this program are already working in human factors in industry or the military
Graduate funding and research support is available for on-campus students.
Students are encouraged to apply the knowledge gained through coursework through active participation in research in a variety of specialty areas. These include human-computer interaction, advanced displays for aviation and process control, simulation and virtual environments, driving and surface transportation, computer security, alarm technology, physiological indicators of stress and workload, sound perception, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and the emerging fields of augmented cognition and neuroergonomics.
Students in our program often complete professional internships with various companies and organizations, including Intel, Motorola, HP, Daimler-Chrysler, UserCentric, the Idaho National Lab, and the University of Idaho's media development team.