Simulations and Modeling of Operations and Economic Analysis
The course Modeling and Simulations in Healthcare teaches both stochastic modeling and physical modeling of operations.
Students develop models of operations using stochastic modeling techniques to study capacity and resource allocation effectiveness. Typical addressed questions include, e.g.: "if we add two nurses to the ED, how many more patients will we be able to serve in an average 24 hour period?" The emphasis is on looking at complex ED operations as a system consisting of patients, providers, nurses, environmental and pharmacy support, transporters, laboratory services, and hospitals.
Students also study how to implement and use physical simulators (such as the popular Flight Simulator) for training and optimization of healthcare operations in emergency departments, operating suites, and other operations. Students do not develop physical simulators (this is outside the scope of the program and belongs in Computer Science departments), but they learn how to implement and use them.
Simulations are increasingly popular in healthcare.