The delivery of affordable, effective healthcare is as prominent as it has ever been on the national stage. Beyond the politics, however, lies a simple truth: solutions for this complex challenge require an integrated approach that draws from all sectors of the healthcare field. This includes the medical and provider community and associated insurance and regulatory organizations, as well as experts from the realms of business and economics, information technology, and systems engineering.
Lehigh’s Professional Master’s (M. Eng.) degree program in Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) is designed to provide innovative thinkers with the skills and perspective required to lead health and healthcare organizations in improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.
Over the past decade, studies by NAE, NSF, NAS, the Institute of Medicine and half a dozen other agencies have argued persuasively that systems engineers are ideally suited to help healthcare become more patient-centered, more responsive and more flexible. Yet the endeavor requires a convergence of expertise from across engineering as well as the areas of economics, health policy, and information technology.
Students enter the HSE program with backgrounds in engineering, science, business, mathematics and other disciplines, and graduate with a broad understanding of the healthcare industry along with the ability to use design thinking as a process for problem solving. They gain the technical skills necessary to analyze healthcare systems, identify inefficiencies and propose solutions or new processes to improve the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare.
Lehigh’s HSE program maintains close relationships with major hospitals, home-healthcare agencies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies that help focus its activities on hot-button industry issues. These partners also provide mentorship and research opportunities for our students.