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JHU Offers New Master’s Degree in Healthcare Systems Engineering

November 9, 2018
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Johns Hopkins Engineering has launched a new online master’s degree program in healthcare systems engineering. Approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the new program is now accepting applications for the spring 2019 semester.

Taught by instructors who are practicing systems engineers or healthcare professionals, the program’s curriculum balances systems engineering theory and practice, enabling engineers and healthcare professionals to reconsider healthcare delivery. Students develop ideas to integrate technology into healthcare settings, addressing issues such as safety, affordability, security and privacy, performance, and healthcare outcomes.

“Patients die from preventable harms, significant healthcare costs are wasted, and hospital-based clinicians spend too much time in nonproductive work,” said Alan Ravitz, chair of the program at Johns Hopkins’ Engineering for Professionals. “The answer lies in using a systems approach to ensure a holistic and seamless integration between technology, workflows, and culture.”

Students will complete 18 credits in core courses addressing the fundamentals of healthcare system design, and 12 elective credits in areas ranging from the management of complex systems and human systems engineering to statistical methods in public health.

“We aim to educate a new generation of engineers and healthcare professionals who understand enough of the culture, terminology, and disciplines of both systems engineering and healthcare to lead the way in bringing about revolutionary transformation,” Ravitz said.

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