MS Degree Program in Healthcare Systems Engineering

MS Degree Program in Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE)

National Need for Healthcare Systems Engineering

In 2014, The White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued the so-called PCAST report recommending using Systems Engineering for the highly complex challenges in modern healthcare, stating: “…Systems Engineering know-how must be propagated at all levels [of healthcare]” and “Implementation of [systems engineering] bears potential not only to improve the efficiency of [health] care delivery, but also to improve its quality.”

PCAST Report Cover and Life Sciences Building Photo combined

A Kaiser Permanente executive stated: “Although health care can do some amazing things, anyone working in health care has also seen examples of suboptimal patient outcomes, unaddressed patient safety issues, poor reliability, and inefficiencies. Traditional medical thinking is not well equipped to improve many of these problems. Much of this, however, can be addressed if systems engineers, physicians, and health care professionals could better collaborate and use well known systems engineering techniques… This really should create the burning platform for greater incorporation of systems engineering into medical care. (Michael Kanter, M.D., CPPS, Executive VP, Chief Quality Officer, Associate Dean, Medical School, Kaiser Permanente)

The LMU Healthcare Systems Engineering M.S. degree program offers highest quality unique education addressing this urgent national need.

Systems Engineering is a body of knowledge that originated in aerospace industry to assure perfect performance of complex multi-disciplinary systems. Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) is mostly a non-mathematical body of knowledge, although some areas use statistics, modeling and simulations and informatics. HSE helps solving healthcare problems in a broad range of areas, including:

Why LMU?

  • Nationally renowned faculty serving in leading national bodies in Medicine and HSE
  • Cooperative programs with Kaiser Permanente, highest-ranking US healthcare institution
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio
  • Personal attention and advising
  • Great location near LAX; campus overseeing the Pacific Ocean
  • Award winning campus
  • Possibility to complete the MS degree in one year
  • Regular students: total of 10 graduate courses required; current LMU undergraduate students need 9 courses past the BS degree in the so-called “4+1” program (see below)

The Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) Master's Program offers two following modalities:

  • A regular HSE MS program.
  • 4+1 HSE program for LMU undergraduate science students who earn their BS degree at LMU and wish to earn the MS degree one year later.              

HSE Program for Regular Students

Admission Requirements

  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu
  • Bachelor's degree in science and engineering from a U.S. accredited university. Candidates with degrees from U.S. accredited universities in other fields (e.g., psychology, pre-med, business) who have completed upper division science, mathematics and statistics courses will be evaluated individually.  
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Essay demonstrating passion for healthcare

Graduation Requirements

The requirement for the MS in HSE is 30 semester hours (10 courses at three semester hours each). The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0. Students who receive a grade of less than "B" in any 500-level course or a grade of less than "C" in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their degree.

Core Courses

  • SELP 505 Systems Engineering for Healthcare 3 semester hours
  • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
  • SELP 535 Lean Healthcare 3 semester hours
  • SELP 625 Patient Safety and Quality Systems 3 semester hours
  • SELP 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare 3 semester hours
  • SELP 696 Project in Healthcare 3 semester hours

Elective Courses

Three courses to be selected from the following electives:

  • SELP 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 semester hours (required for students who lack healthcare work experience)
  • SELP 540 Systems Thinking 3 semester hours
  • SELP 545 Healthcare Seminar 3 semester hours
  • SELP 655 Medical Devices and Integrated Systems 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 665 Population Medicine and Big Data Analytics 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours*
  • SELP 675 Healthcare Enterprise Informatics and Electronic Records 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours

Note:

  • In any given year, between two and four of these elective courses will be offered depending on the number of students and their interests.
  • The students lacking healthcare work experience will need to include SELP 515 as one elective.

Schedule

  • Application deadline for regular students: year round.    
  • You will be admitted either for the Summer Term II or Spring Semester (note: no Fall semester admissions). If you have work experience in healthcare, you will enter the program in the Summer Term II with the course SELP 535 Lean Healthcare. If you have no healthcare work experience, you will enter the program in the Spring semester with SELP 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems, and follow with the SELP 535 Lean Healthcare in Summer Session II.
  • Follow with the remaining courses at your pace. Two courses per each Fall and Spring semester is regarded as full load. However, HSE students are free to take between one and four courses per semester.

The students with healthcare work experience may complete the HSE MS program in one year by following this aggressive schedule:

  • Enter the program in the Summer Term II with the course SELP 535 Lean Healthcare.
  • Follow with four courses in the Fall and four in the Spring semesters.
  • End with an Elective course in the Summer Term I.

 Registering into the courses is the student's responsibility. A student is expected to make reasonable progress toward the degrees to remain in good standing at the University. A full-time course load is considered to be two courses in Fall and Spring semesters.

4+1 HSE Program for LMU Undergraduate Science Students

Admission Requirements

  • Senior standing in Fall semester; apply by November 1 in the Senior year. Admissions decided during the month of November.  Enter the program in the Senior Spring semester.
  • Application to Graduate Admissions and a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.  Lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Essay demonstrating passion for a healthcare career
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Graduation Requirements

The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0. Students who receive a grade of less than "B" in any 500-level course or a grade of less than "C" in any 600-level will not have the course count toward their degree.

One course (SELP 515) to be taken in the Senior year as undergraduate elective (under the undergraduate tuition), plus 9 HSE courses.

Core Courses

  • SELP 505 Systems Engineering for Healthcare 3 semester hours
  • SELP 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
  • SELP 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 semester hours (taken as undergraduate elective in the Senior year under the undergraduate tuition)
  • SELP 535 Lean Healthcare 3 semester hours
  • SELP 540 Systems Thinking 3 semester hours
  • SELP 625 Patient Safety and Quality Systems 3 semester hours
  • SELP 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare 3 semester hours
  • SELP 696 Project in Healthcare 3 semester hours

Elective Courses

Two courses to be selected from the following electives:

  • SELP 545 Healthcare Seminar 3 seminar hours (effective Spring 2019)
  • SELP 655 Medical Devices and Integrated Systems 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 665 Population Health and Big Data Analytics 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 675 Healthcare Enterprise Informatics and Electronic Health Records 3 semester hours *
  • SELP 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours

Note:

* In any given year, between two and four of these elective courses will be offered depending on the number of students and their interests.

Schedule

  • Take the first course SELP 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems in Senior Spring semester as an Elective, under the undergraduate tuition
  • Graduate normally with the BS degree in May of the Senior year
  • As graduate student, follow with the SELP 535 Lean Healthcare course in Summer Session II
  • Follow with four courses in the Fall semester and four in the Spring semester
  • Graduate with MS degree in May.
  • The students who fail to follow this schedule default to the regular HSE MS program described below.

Registering into the courses is the student's responsibility. A student is expected to make reasonable progress toward the degrees to remain in good standing at the University. A full-time course load is considered to be two courses in Fall and Spring semesters.

For more information, contact: Dr. Bo Oppenheim, boppenheim@lmu.edu, 310.338.2825