Program Distinctions

The LMU Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) is a premiere comprehensive such program in the nation. It was developed in cooperation with executives of the highest-ranking Kaiser Permanente and other national experts to address significant challenges of healthcare industry.

The HSE program was created from the beginning as a systems-based curriculum rather than by addition of a few ad-hoc healthcare courses to a former Master of Public Health or MBA program. Curriculum is designed to offer optimum integration of patients, providers, staff, IT, devices and processes.  The HSE program is annually reviewed by a Board of Advisors comprising of healthcare experts (see Healthcare Faculty and Advisors) for relevance and importance.

  • Nationally renowned faculty serve in leading national bodies in Medicine, Healthcare and Systems Engineering
  • LMU HSE has close relationships with local medical institutions. These relationships benefit the program on many levels: sharing faculty, providing access to student visits, providing capstone projects to students and facilitating paths to jobs. The projects are mentored by both an academic advisor and a preceptor from the medical institutions. Some projects are paid and others unpaid. In the projects students address actual challenges and needs of the institutions.    
  • 100% of the graduates have found jobs in healthcare within 4 months of graduation.
  • LMU is ranked #3 among comprehensive universities in the Western Region by the US and World News Report.
  • The systems-enhanced Lean is a unique strength of the HSE program. LMU is regarded as the coordinating center and leader of the new field of Lean Systems Engineering, which offers powerful leverage to HSE: 
    • In 2010, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) bestowed the prestigious Best Product Award to an LMU-led international team of 14 experts from academia, industry, and governments, supported by a 200-member Working Group, for developing a comprehensive set of practices leading to improved execution of Systems Engineering programs.
    • The book "Lean for Systems Engineering with Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering," (B.W. Oppenheim, Wiley, 2011) published by LMU faculty received the 2010 Shingo Award. The same author published chapters in four other books and several journal papers on Lean.  
    • LMU’s unique advanced Lean courses teach Lean in program and project management, healthcare operations, manufacturing, supply chain, product development, systems engineering, final engineering, administration, banking, and accounting. 
    • LMU faculty co-lead a joint INCOSE-PMI-MIT project that developed Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs to integrate Lean aspects of Program Management with Systems Engineering. The group published the highly praised Guide to Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs, awarded the Shingo Award in 2013. 
  • The Graduate Certificate in Lean Healthcare Systems has received accolades from the first cohorts of 16 students who are Directors and Managers of Kaiser Permanente Laboratories. (See accolades)
  • All courses combine academic rigor with practical focus. Most faculty members have served in leadership positions at some of the highest-ranking healthcare institutions and space programs in the nation.
  • Faculty serve in the leadership positions of INCOSE, serving as the lead for Lean in the Healthcare Systems Engineering Working Group, leading the INCOSE Healthcare Academic Council and formerly co-chairing the Lean Systems Engineering Working Group.    ‌