Online Healthcare Systems Engineering (Certificate)

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The purpose of the Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering is to provide students and working healthcare professionals an introduction to fundamental skills in industrial and systems engineering and a background in healthcare delivery systems and processes. Individuals completing the online certificate program will be better positioned to apply systems engineering knowledge and skills to improve overall quality, streamline processes and improve efficiency in healthcare systems. Upon completion of the certificate program, students have the option of applying to the Healthcare Systems Engineering Master of Engineering degree program and applying the 12 certificate credits towards the 30-credit Master’s degree.

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Students should be quantitatively oriented and have completed a calculus based probability and statistics course at the level of ISE 121 or MATH 231, (that is also covered by ISE 328). Students should also have completed engineering mathematics courses, which incorporates elements of linear algebra and numerical methods at the level of MATH 205, and fundamental elements of operations research at the level of ISE 240 (that are also covered by ISE 357).

Students who have been working for several years, or may not have the expected background, may be required to take refresher mathematics and/or statistic course(s) (e.g. ISE 328 and/or ISE 357) before starting the program to ensure they have the required mathematics and statistics skills.

No graduate entrance exams are required.

International students are required to demonstrate English language skills equal to those required of degree-seeking students in the College. All international applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Please see section 4 below.).The language requirements for foreign students are consistent with the RCEAS standards, which currently are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum composite score of 79 (iBT)
  • TOEFL subtest scores: Writing – 20, Speaking – 15, Reading – 20, Listening – 20.

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University admissions criteria for non-degree graduate students are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may be admitted with the approval of the department in which they wish to take courses.


  • Evidence that the applicant is presently a student in good standing in an appropriate graduate program at an accredited institution.


  • Evidence that the applicant has received an appropriate graduate or other advanced degree from an accredited institution.

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The Healthcare Systems Engineering certificate program is comprised of 12 credit hours of coursework. The credits/courses by area are as follows:

6 credit hours of Healthcare Systems Courses (select 2 of the following):

ISE 470 Introduction to Healthcare Systems ISE 472 Financial Management in Healthcare
ISE 471 Quality and Process Improvement in Healthcare ISE 473 Information Technology in Healthcare

6 credit hours of Industrial and Systems Engineering Courses (select 2 of the following):

ISE 339 Stochastic Models and Applications ISE 410 Design of Experiments
ISE 358 Game Theory ISE 426 Optimization Models and Applications
ISE 404 Simulation  

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Academic Advisor
Ana-Iulia Alexandrescu
Director and Professor of Practice, Healthcare Systems Engineering
Phone: 610-758-3865

Program Contact
Linda Wismer
Coordinator of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Program
Phone: 610-758-5867

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