Healthcare Systems Engineering
The Masters of Engineering in Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) program produces graduates with strong fundamental skills in industrial and systems engineering and a strong background in healthcare delivery systems and processes. Graduates will be ideally positioned for skilled professional management roles aimed at improving quality, streamlining processes and improving efficiency in healthcare systems. This concentrated degree program is designed to prepare graduate students for engineering and management careers in firms engaged in delivering healthcare and health related products and services. The need for professionals in this area is strong and growing due to the aging of the population and a national crisis of rapidly increasing healthcare costs. Graduates will be well positioned for employment in the following types of organizations
Healthcare delivery organizations such as hospitals and clinics
Healthcare finance organizations such as insurance companies and HMOs
Healthcare product suppliers such as pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of Healthcare products
Management and benefits consulting firms
Policy organizations at various levels of government and trade associations
The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering administers the HSE masters program. Students seeking to enroll to the program should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, science, or business. Students should be quantitatively oriented and have completed a calculus based probability and statistics course at the level of IE 328. A candidate lacking certain background may be required to take background courses.
The program consists of 30 credit hours of course work including a 3-credit HSE capstone project. Full-time in-residence students can complete the program in a fall-spring semester sequence as shown in the table below.
Recommended sequence of courses in the HSE M.Eng. program
Introduction to Healthcare Systems
Quality and Process Improvement in Healthcare
Statistics (IE 410, Math 312, or Math 338)
Information Technology in Healthcare
Financial Management in Healthcare
Healthcare Systems Engineering Capstone Project
The option to extend the Capstone project course into the following summer session also exists, but at present we anticipate most students will complete this as a one semester course. The HSE Program Director must approve all course work including technical electives. No more than 9 credit hours may be taken from the College of Business and Economics.
Additional information about the program may be obtained by calling the ISE Department at (610) 758-4050 or from the HSE program website: http://www.lehigh.edu/ise/hse.html
HSE Course Descriptions
Introduction to Healthcare Systems (IE 470)
The state of Healthcare from economic, systems, quality, and historical perspectives. Components of the Healthcare system including, facilities, delivery and treatment systems, and personnel. System costs, reimbursement methods and financial aspects in Healthcare. Healthcare policy, laws and ethics. System performance measures including access, cost effectiveness and quality of care.
Quality and Process Improvement in Healthcare (IE 471)
The dimensions of Healthcare quality and their definitions, quality metrics, accreditation and other benchmarking and evaluation methods. Change management, project planning and team management. Continuous improvement tools including “lean”, “six-sigma”, and “TQM”
Financial Management in Healthcare (IE 472)
Engineering economics in Healthcare; value metrics (net present value, return on investment, etc.), cost-benefit analysis, capital projects and improvements. Accounting methods in Healthcare systems. Reimbursement methods, organizations, and alternatives. Financial strategy, planning, pricing and capital formation in “for”, and “not for” profit settings.
Information Technology in Healthcare (IE 473)
Introduction to information systems in Healthcare. Components of the system; electronic medical records, patient monitoring and data collection (clinical information systems), ancillaries (lab, pharmacy, radiology), imaging and digital technology, financial, inventory and management information systems. Enterprise systems in Healthcare, IT driven cost, efficiency and treatment quality metrics. Data warehousing, sharing, mining, protection and privacy issues.
Healthcare Systems Engineering Capstone Project (IE 474)
A three credit hour “capstone” project to be completed in collaboration with industry partners and under the supervision of faculty. Students will work in small groups on projects in the Healthcare industry. The Professor of Practice is the general advisor for the capstone project course.