Healthcare Course Descriptions

These courses are available only to healthcare students, unless otherwise noted.

SELP 505 Systems Engineering for Healthcare
3 semester hours
Fundamentals of modern Systems Engineering focused on Healthcare applications. Focus on project success, broad integrative adoptable and flexible thinking. Initiation of a SE activity: capture of goals, regulations, and constrains; stakeholders; and team development. Fundamentals of systems architecting. Feasibility studies and trade studies, capture of interfaces and top level requirements; requirement development, baseline management, interface and configuration control, verification/validation. Risk management. Life cycle activities. Class project.

SELP 510 Project Management
3 semester hours
Aspects of management and leadership of complex technical endeavors. Project management principles and interaction of the manager with the team. Architecting teams and organizational structures. Planning a project and managing financial, schedule and technical challenges and constraints during its lifecycle. Tools for planning, controlling, and monitoring a project. Subcontract management. Configuration management. Federal acquisition process lifecycle. Microsoft Project. (Core course for both HSE and non-HSE students).

SELP 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems
3 semester hours
Mandatory entry-level course for 4+1 students and other students transitioning from non-healthcare fields. History and operations of U.S. private, non-profit, hybrid and government healthcare delivery systems. Costs and payment systems. Successes and challenges in modern healthcare. Introduction to: electronic records and their portability; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; healthcare informatics and electronic records, patient safety, medical devices and integrated systems. Review of quality, safety and regulatory systems. Non-U.S. healthcare delivery systems. Medical and healthcare jargon.

SELP 535 Lean Healthcare (online, synchronous delivery) 3 semester hours
The U.S. healthcare system is in a crisis. While costs continue to rise to unsustainable levels, the average quality of care lags that of other industrialized nations. The professionals delivering health care are overworked and frustrated. Lean has been extraordinarily effective in increasing the efficiency of manufacturing processes. However, health care is not a simple manufacturing-like operation—it is a highly complex enterprise, with many stakeholders, very complex processes, non-standardized patients and medical problems, and great variability in processes and demand. These factors challenge the application of "traditional" lean techniques derived from manufacturing. This class will bridge the gap between traditional lean practices and the needs of healthcare enterprises. The class will begin with a review of basic lean concepts, with examples of how they can be applied to health care processes. Next, issues that complicate the application of lean to complex, high variability processes (such as many healthcare processes) will be covered, including handling variation, people and corporate culture issues, and the modifications required to make lean tools effective. Finally, implementation and sustainment issues will be covered. The class will mix traditional lecture-based instruction with a variety of active learning exercises, including a day-long clinic simulation exercise. Online course delivered by WebEx (3 hours per week).

SELP 545 Healthcare Seminar (effective Spring 2019)
3 semester hours
The first 1/3 of the course is devoted to teaching systems thinking skills via lectures and a team project, all in the context of healthcare, looking at complex systems that combine both technological and societal aspects of healthcare. The concepts of common good and public interest are discussed and serve as the ethical baseline for the discourse. During the remaining evenings prominent guest lecturers, one per evening, discuss current and important topics in healthcare.   

SELP 625 Patient Safety and Quality Systems
3 semester hours
Patient safety as critical component of healthcare quality. Death and injury due to errors in healthcare. Reasons for errors. Error reporting systems and legal considerations. Leadership and knowledge for patient safety. Performance standards and expectations. Creating safety systems. Key design concepts. Medication safety. Safety activities. Systems thinking in patient systems.

SELP 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare
3 semester hours
Review of Lean basics: Principles: Value, Waste; Selected JIT/TPS tools. In-depth process of leaning clinics, in-patient hospitals, emergency departments, operating suites, clinical laboratories, radiology laboratories, pharmacies, and healthcare supply chain. Selected Lean Enablers for Healthcare. NUMMI Labor-Management Relations Case Study. Lean Project Management (LPDF Method) and Lean Office.  Project and exam. Prerequisite: SELP 535.

SELP 655 Medical Devices and Integrated Systems
3 semester hours
Review of medical device types and interoperability and interconnectivity with IT systems. The medical device development process should follow system engineering principles, but some tailoring and translation is needed to understand their application outside of the more traditional defense and aerospace fields. This course will provide the student an understanding of the regulated medical device development process, and how systems engineering is applied in this domain. Topics include design and development planning, design inputs, design outputs, design reviews, verification, validation, design transfer, design change control, design history files, human factors, and risk management. Each of these is covered in detail to provide and understanding of systems engineering in the medical domain. Of note, this domain does not include formal RFP processes applied in government contracting. General principles for applying systems engineering in commercial development applications will be covered and contrasted with the more traditional approaches. Prerequisite: SELP 505.

SELP 665 Population Health and Big Data Analytics (online course)
3 semester hours
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim calls for the best care for the whole population at the lowest cost.  The challenge is to bring classic health services research and population health research together in a meaningful way.  The Affordable Care Act and creation of Accountable Care Organizations have shifted reimbursement from a fee-based to a value-based model. The incentives are changing from the treatment of the sick to the promotion of health and management of chronic conditions.  Big data analytics and the emergence of the data science profession are allowing purchasers and providers of care to examine large data sets to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, customer preferences and other useful business information.   The course explores the opportunities for healthcare analytics and clinical treatment developments. The course will cover the research lifecycle from formulation of clinical questions, to big data access and extraction, statistical analysis, evidence formulation, and clinical implementation methods. Statistical topics will include:  Hadoop clustering, structured vs. unstructured data, data quality and consistency, extrapolation, scaling, dimensionality, supervised and unsupervised learning, decision trees, handling uncertainty, Bayesian methods, Hidden Markov models, model selection, validation, data visualization, and support vector machines. The role of Healthcare Systems Engineers and data scientists in such projects will be explored.  This course is taught online.

SELP 668 Modeling and Analysis

3 semester hours

This course emphasizes the development of analytic modeling skills and the effective applications of operations research methods in policy, management, and planning settings. A set of widely used models including linear programming, decision analysis, queuing, and forecasting is introduced. We explore how to effectively use these models, as well as their strengths and limitations in different problem and organizational contexts. The goal of this course is to teach systems engineers, policy makers, and managers to gain analytical skills and apply them to complex problems. To this end, students will learn: 1) to structure problems so they can be effectively addressed, 2) to formulate models that are useful in different decision situations, 3) to use spreadsheet software to solve these models, and 4) to effectively present quantitative analysis to clients. Undergraduate-level background in statistics is recommended. (This course is available to both HSE and non-healthcare students)

SELP 675 Healthcare Enterprise Informatics and Electronic Health Records
3 semester hours
History and Evolution of Health Care Information Systems, Health Information Technology and Health Informatics.  Health Care Information Regulations, Laws, Federal Laws to Enhance Quality of Care through HIT.  Information System Lifecycles in Health Care.  Introduction to Health Information Technology Project Management. Change Management for Successful Adoption of Clinical Information Systems. Strategic and Financial Planning for Health IT. Overview of Information Technology Systems and Applications, specifically Electronic Health Records in large health systems. Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Workflow Analysis, and Process Redesign. Overview of Clinical Decision Support Tools. Operational and Research Informatics and Analytics, including Business Intelligence/Clinical Intelligence (BI/CI). Healthcare Data Standards and Medical Coding. Introduction to Interoperability and Health Information Exchange. Introduction to Health Information Privacy and Security. Consumer Health and Public Health Informatics: Engaging and Empowering Patients and the Community. Human Factors Engineering, Usability Testing, and the User Experience.  Mobile Health & Emerging Technologies. Leadership Models and Systems Thinking. Health Informatics. Ethics.  Laptop computer or equivalent required. In-class course in 2018 and online in 2019.

SELP 696 Project in Healthcare
3 semester hours
Capstone course in which each student working individually demonstrates the mastery of the systems engineering process applied to a healthcare problem of interest. The proposal should include with a rationale for the selected project, problem statement and solution goals, list of deliverables, timeline and methodology. Once approved, the student executes the project in own time, submitting weekly progress reports by email (briefly describing the work completed and the work planned for next week), and meets with the Advisor at least once a month. The final deliverables include a PowerPoint presentation of 30-50 slides and its verbal presentation of 45 minutes in front of a review committee. The deliverables must include fundamentals of the systems engineering process applied to a given healthcare problem.  The solution to the problem must demonstrate high level of professionalism.  The PowerPoint must be submitted in perfect English (a TA is available to help with the language), and elegantly delivered.  Mandatory dry run in front of the Advisor.  Many projects are provided by healthcare institutions in Southern California.  Some industrial projects may offer pay to the student.  Industry sponsored projects have additional legal and health requirements. Most healthcare institutions require a vaccination record, health record, drug test, and mandatory training. This course should be taken in the last semester of the study program.  The project must be carried out by the student in the semester of the registration.

SELP 698 Special Studies
1 TO 3 semester hours

SELP 699 Independent Studies
1 to 3 semester hours