Healthcare Course Descriptions

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

SELP 505 Systems Engineering for Healthcare
3 semester hours
Foundation class for Healthcare Systems Engineering program. Systems Engineering  processes that support positive outcomes in typical health care projects; employing Systems Engineering processes to integrate fragmented healthcare processes; understanding of the various systems that comprise the greater health care system. The class stresses critical thinking and involves student work as an individual contributor; a team based semester project simulation; and guest speakers on selected topics. Systems Engineering topics include: Problem Statement; Scope; Project Objectives, Stakeholders, Interrogatives; Requirements formulation; Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs); Identification of Solution Concepts; Analysis of Alternatives (AOA); Systems Architecture (Operational View, System View, Data Flow View); Risk Management; Solution Synthesis; and Verification & Validation. 

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. Business case. 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, cultural tradition and operations of U.S. private, non-profit, hybrid and government healthcare delivery systems. Including discussion of the multifaceted U.S. trauma care system and the U.S. system for mass casualty events. Case study discussions emphasizing the quality and ethical issues challenging the US healthcare system today and its comparative performance amongst the industrialized world. Additional important themes of medical professionalism, and the profession’s social contract with society as central to the culture of healthcare professionals and administrators functioning within systems of care. 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, new medical technology (e.g. surgical  robots) and integrated systems. Review of quality, safety and regulatory systems. Non-U.S. healthcare delivery systems. Medical and healthcare jargon. Provider's burnout.

SELP 535 Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare
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. Hybrid course, with both on-campus and on-line elements.

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 safety. Provider's burnout.

SELP 635 Advanced Lean Management of Healthcare
3 semester hours
Review of Lean basics, including Lean Accounting, supply networks, and NUMMI labor-management Relations Case Study. Detailed coverage of Lean streamlining of Clinics, Hospitals, Emergency Departments, Operating Rooms, Pharmacies, Radiology and Clinical Laboratories. Provider's burnout. Hyper-efficient Lean Product Development (LPDF) method for projects, and Lean Office. Statistical Process Control. Student projects.

Prerequisite: SELP 535.

SELP 655 Medical Devices and Integrated Systems
3 semester hours
This one-semester course is designed to provide students with exposure to the medical device industry, including the development process, regulations, and technical integration within the U.S. health care system. The course provides an overview of medical device development, implementation, and integration processes in healthcare delivery organizations. Students will review medical device types and interoperability and interconnectivity with IT systems. The course begins with the systems engineering perspective of medical devices, a national and global overview of the medical device industry, and a review of medical device types and the medical device development process. The 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. 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. Integrated systems and interoperability standards, medical device entrepreneurship, biomedical device integration, clinical surveillance, medical device implementation and maintenance in the hospital setting, and future directions of connected devices and the healthcare internet of things. 

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 course addresses the challenge of bringing 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. The course utilizes the Gartner Analytics Ascendency Model through the 4 levels of analytics:  descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive.  Students will apply this model to understand and explore a population health topic of interest to them. 

Big Data and statistical topics will include: Hadoop clustering and Map Reduce, 3 V’s, structured vs. unstructured data, machine learning, data quality and consistency, hypothesis testing, supervised and unsupervised learning, decision trees, Bayesian methods, model selection, validation, data visualization, and the emergence of precision medicine. The role of Healthcare Systems Engineers and data scientists in such projects will be explored.

This course is taught online.  Students will join via WebEx at:  https://hrsconsulting.my.webex.com/meet/jduhig

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 with particular emphasis to health care and Aerospace systems. 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
Introductory foundation of skills and understanding in healthcare information systems and technology for those preparing to work in healthcare systems engineering, management, policy, or clinical roles in healthcare organizations. Successful development, implementation, and management of integrated health information technology (HIT) is a major priority in health care organizations today. This course will provide education and a basic foundation in HIT. Emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills regarding HIT systems in healthcare delivery organizations. This course delves into HIT and simplify this complex topic for the student lacking computer science background.  History and Evolution of Health Care Information Systems, Federal Laws and Regulations, Healthcare Information System Lifecycles, Health Information Technology Project Management, Change Management for Successful Adoption of Clinical Information Systems, Strategic and Financial Planning for Health IT, Technology Systems and Applications, specifically Electronic Health Records in large health systems, Technology: basics of the technologies and devices that support HIT, Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Workflow Analysis, and Process Redesign, Clinical Decision Support Tools, Healthcare Data Standards and Medical Coding, Operational and Research Informatics and Analytics, including Business Intelligence/Clinical Intelligence (BI/CI), Design of Experiments using electronic health record data and clinical informatics interventions, Health Information Technology (HIT) Service Management, Human Factors Engineering, Usability Testing, and the User Experience, Interoperability and Health Information Exchange, Health Information Privacy and Security, Consumer Health and Public Health Informatics: Engaging and Empowering Patients and the Community, Mobile Health & Emerging Technologies, Population Health, Leadership Models and Systems Thinking, Health Informatics Ethics.

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 specific healthcare problem of interest. The proposal should include a rationale for the selected project, problem statement and solution goals, list of deliverables, timeline and methodology. It should include a list of the systems engineering process steps to be demonstrated.  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, but the student is advised to start thinking of the project at least 1-2 months ahead of the project semester. 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 698-02 Preparation for HSE Capstone Project
0 semester hours
Required course, to be taken early in the semester before the Capstone Project semester. One meeting on a specified date.   Familiarization with Capstone Project requirements, modalities, deliverables, schedule, and onboarding in healthcare institutions. Deliverable: Project Proposal identifying the project title and goals, the healthcare institution where the project will be conducted, project deliverables, schedule, modality, names of the industrial preceptor and LMU advisor, and data to be used or developed in the project.  Proposal deadline:   October 1 of the Fall semester or January 30 of the Spring semester.  The Proposal is to be submitted to HSE Director.  

SELP 699 Independent Studies
1 to 3 semester hours