MS Degree in Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE)

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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, Professor and Chair of Clinical Science; Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine)

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:

  • Patient Safety Systems
  • Powerful Lean Streamlining and modeling of operations in emergency departments, operating rooms, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, supply chain and administration - reducing waste, cutting cost, giving providers more time for patient and improving quality and work environment
  • Integrating fragmented healthcare elements into save and redundant patient-focused systems with well-manufactured interfaces.
  • Managing population health, telemedicine, home care.
  • Reducing errors and accidents in increasingly complex clinical environments. 
  • Improving the use and interconnectivity of medical devices ("everything is now cross connected")
  • Electronic records and healthcare enterprise informatics
  • Simulations and modeling of operations and economic analysis
  • Medical research from big data
  • And numerous others.

Harvard Business Review promotes the use of Healthcare Systems Engineering:

The Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) Master’s Program offers the four following modalities:

  1. 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
  2. A regular HSE MS program
  3. A dual degree of HSE MS + MBA. Both modalities (1) and (2) can be pursued for the HSE MS part.
  4. Certificate in Lean Healthcare

4+1 HSE Program for LMU Undergraduate Students

Admission Requirements

• Senior standing in Fall semester; apply in November of 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 recommended. Lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Essay demonstrating passion for a healthcare career
• Two letters of recommendation

Graduation Requirements

One course (HSEG 515) to be taken in the Senior Spring semester as an undergraduate elective (included in the undergraduate tuition), plus 10 HSE courses (one is zero semester hours and zero tuition single meeting).

Core Courses

• HSEG 505 Systems Engineering for Healthcare 3 semester hours
• SYEG 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
• HSEG 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 semester hours (taken as an undergraduate elective in the Senior year included in the undergraduate tuition)
• HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare 3 semester hours
• HSEG 625 Patient Safety and Quality Systems 3 semester hours
• HSEG 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare 3 semester hours
• HSEG 665 Population Health and Big Data Analytics 3 semester hours
• HSEG 675 Healthcare Enterprise Informatics and Electronic Health Records 3 semester hours
• HSEG 695 Preparation for Capstone Project 0 semester hours (one meeting)
• HSEG 696 Project in Healthcare 3 semester hours

Elective Course

One course to be selected from the following electives:
• HSEG 545 Healthcare Seminar 3 semester hours *
• HSEG 655 Medical Devices and Integrated Systems 3 semester hours *
• SYEG 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours *
• HSEG 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours *
* In any given year, between two and four of these elective courses will be offered depending on the number of students and their interests.

Notes:
• The Capstone Project HSEG 696 should be taken in the last Spring or Fall semester of the studies.
• HSEG 699 Independent Studies must be pre-approved by the Advisor.

Schedule

• Take the first course HSEG 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems in Senior Spring semester as undergraduate Elective, under the undergraduate tuition
• Graduate normally with the BS degree in May of the Senior year
• As a graduate student, follow with the HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare course in Summer Session II
• Follow with four courses (505, 510, 625, 635) 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.

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


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 from a U.S. accredited university.
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 recommended. Lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Essay demonstrating passion for a healthcare
• 2 letters of recommendation

Graduation Requirements

The requirement for the MS in HSE is 30 semester hours (11 courses, of which 10 are at three semester hours each and one (HSEG 695) at zero hours, zero tuition, one meeting).

Core Courses

• HSEG 505 Systems Engineering for Healthcare 3 semester hours
• SYEG 510 Project Management 3 semester hours
• HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare 3 semester hours
• HSEG 625 Patient Safety and Quality Systems 3 semester hours
• HSEG 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare 3 semester hours
• HSEG 665 Population Health and Big Data Analytics 3 semester hours
• HSEG 675 Healthcare Enterprise Informatics and Electronic Health Records 3 semester hours
• HSEG 695 Preparation for Capstone Project 0 semester hours (one meeting)
• HSEG 696 Project in Healthcare 3 semester hours

Elective Courses

Two (2) courses to be selected from the following electives:
• HSEG 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 semester hours (mandatory, if the student lacks healthcare background)
• HSEG 545 Healthcare Seminar 3 semester hours *
• HSEG 655 Medical Devices and Integrated Systems 3 semester hours *
• SYEG 668 Modeling and Analysis 3 semester hours *
• HSEG 699 Independent Studies 1 to 3 semester hours *
* In any given year, between three and five of these elective courses will be offered depending on the number of students and their interests.

Notes:

• Students lacking healthcare work experience must include HSEG 515 as one elective.
• The Capstone Project HSEG 696 should be taken in the last Spring or Fall semester of the studies.
• HSEG 699 Independent Studies must be pre-approved by the Advisor.

Schedule

• Application deadline for regular students: year-round.
• Students can be admitted either for the Summer Term II or Spring Semester (note: no Fall semester admissions). Students with work experience in healthcare will enter the program in the Summer Term II with the course HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare. Students without experience in healthcare will enter the program in the Spring semester and must take HSEG 515 Healthcare Delivery Systems that semester, and include HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare in Summer Session II.
• The remaining courses can be taken at the student’s own pace. HSE students are free to take between one and four courses per semester. Two courses per each Fall and Spring semester is considered a full load.

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 HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare.
• Follow with four courses in the Fall and four in the Spring semesters.
• End with an Elective course in the Summer Term I.

Dual Degree M.S. in Healthcare Systems Engineering and M.B.A.

The Dual Degree MS in HSE/MBA program will confer two degrees upon its graduates: an MBA and an MS in HSE. Students may obtain either an MS in HSE or an MBA degree as a stand-alone by fulfilling the individual degree requirements. Taking the dual degree program saves the student several courses compared to the two programs taken separately.
Learning Outcomes for HSE MS: (see above)

For the MBA:

• Students will be able to apply key concepts in the business-related areas of accounting, finance, marketing, operations and supply chain management, information technology, and economics.
• Students will be able to evaluate how economic and trade issues, different cultures, and the political environment impact business situations.
• Students will be able to utilize critical thinking skills in analyzing business situations.
• Students will be able to integrate concepts and skills from multiple business areas when analyzing business situations.
• Students will be able to effectively express knowledge and ideas through written communication and oral communication.
• Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles within themselves and in organizations.
• Students will understand and be able to evaluate formal and informal organizational structure and processes.
• Students will be able to analyze teamwork and interpersonal relations in an organizational setting.
• Students will be able to apply appropriate data analysis techniques in the analysis of business situations and in decision making.
• Students will be able to identify an ethical dilemma in a business situation and apply an ethics model or framework to propose and defend a resolution.
• Students will be able to identify social responsibility issues and incorporate responsibility to stakeholders in their analysis of business situations.
• Students will be able to identify sustainability issues and incorporate environmental responsibilities in their analysis of business situations.

Admissions

Both the MBA Program in the College of Business and the HSE Program in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering must accept students applying to the HSE for admission. The admissions process to both Colleges will be coordinated within the University. Prospective students need to submit only one application to the LMU Graduate Division. The application is submitted online to Graduate Admission with a $50 application fee. To apply online, visit http://graduate.lmu.edu. Applicants must submit:

• GMAT or GRE score (for admission into the College of Business Administration)
• A transcript documenting the Bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited program (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Three of more years of related work experience
• Resume
• Essay discussing how the two degrees fit into applicant's career development

Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in the HSE Dual Degree MS/MBA Program are jointly advised by the Graduate Program Director of Healthcare Systems Engineering in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering and the MBA Program Director in the College of Business Administration. Students can begin the dual degree program in any semester. It is recommended that incoming students take a full course load of HSE courses the first year of the dual degree program, then begin the MBA curriculum in year two, and select electives and additional HSE courses in year three.
In addition to the MBA Curriculum, HSE dual degree students will take a total of eight (8) HSE courses, of which five will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement for the MBA degree. Two of the MBA courses of the HSE are taken as part of the MBA coursework and apply to the M.S. in HSE.

MBA curriculum (no emphasis)
Note: Five (5) HSE courses count towards the electives in the MBA program. 36 semester hours
HSE: Eight (8) courses in HSE
Note: Two (2) MBA courses count toward electives for the MS in HSE. 24 semester hours
Total: 60 semester hours

Graduate Program Director for the MS in HSE has the discretion to substitute other HSE coursework based on availability and Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Dean's office approval.
When the course requirements outlined above are completed, the student will be awarded both the MBA and the MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering degrees.

Schedule

The dual degree can be completed in approximately three years by a student taking two to three courses each semester, including summer. The program can be accelerated by taking 4-5 classes per semester.

Certificate in Lean Healthcare

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. Candidate with degrees from U.S. accredited universities in other fields (e.g., psychology, pre-med, business) will be evaluated individually.
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 recommended. Lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Essay demonstrating passion for a healthcare
• 2 letters of recommendation

Graduation Requirements

The requirement for the Certificate in Lean Healthcare is 9 semester hours (3 courses at three semester hours each, plus zero semester-hour course HSEG 695).
Courses

• HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare 3 semester hours
• HSEG 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare 3 semester hours
• HSEG 695 Preparation for Capstone Project 0 semester hours (one Saturday meeting)
• HSEG 696 Project in Healthcare 3 semester hours

The Capstone Project HSEG 696 should be taken in the last Spring or Fall semester of the studies.

Schedule

• Application deadline for regular students: year-round.
• Students can be admitted for the Summer Term II only.
• HSEG 535 Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare in Summer Session II. HSEG 635 and HSEG 695 in Fall semester, and HSEG 696 in Spring semester.

Online and face-to face courses

Starting in Summer 2020, all HSE courses will be available online. The following courses will be delivered only online: 535, 625, 655, 665, 675. All remaining courses can be taken in classroom, face-to-face with the instructor**, as well as online. The online access instructions will be emailed to all registered students before the semester start. All students should own a laptop computer with a camera and microphone, and access to fast internet.

** During the current pandemic, the face-to-face delivery may not be possible. LMU will issue special announcements.

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

 

WHY LMU?

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  • Cooperative programs with Kaiser Permanente, highest-ranking US healthcare institution
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio
  • Personal attention and advising
  • Competitive tuition
  • Possibility to complete the MS degree in one year
  • Evening courses for working professional
  • Great location near LAX; award winning campus overseeing the Pacific Ocean