Course Information

This Executive Master of Science in Health Systems - Manhattan Program takes only 12 months to complete. The next cohort will begin in August 2015 and is actively accepting applications now. Details of the standard coursework can be found below.

The current cohort of classes is scheduled from August 22, 2014, through August 22, 2015. Classes are scheduled to meet once per week at our convenient midtown Manhattan location, the SUNY Global Center. Directions to the SUNY Global Center are available by clicking here.  Class hours are generally every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with intermittent days off. During each class, students experience lectures, group activities, projects and open discussions with a great deal of class participation.

At the onset of the program, there is a required orientation weekend at Binghamton University's main campus in Binghamton, New York. All other portions of the program occur in Manhattan.

 Anticipated course sequence (subject to change)

(Total Credit Hours = 33)

Semester 1, Fall

Subtotal 12 credits

Semester 2, Spring

Subtotal 12 credits

Semester 3, Summer 

Subtotal 9 credits

Course Descriptions

Semester 1

SSIE 597, HEALTH SYSTEMS ORIENTATION

The orientation will include an introduction to the foundations of health systems, including an illustration of the complexity and dynamics associated with healthcare delivery. Components of healthcare system such as facilities, delivery systems, processes, human factors, healthcare policy, laws, ethics and technology will be reviewed. Also includes an overview of the program and the impact this concentration has in the health systems environment. Finally, the orientation includes an assignment with the completion of a final report.

SSIE 510, ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Global competition is serving as a catalyst for continuous process improvement and the methodical enhancement of system-wide efficiencies. This is true in disciplines ranging from the medical arena and service related systems to manufacturing. The underlying science that contributes to the systematic analysis of complex enterprise-wide systems is the focus of this course. Concepts that can be used in a synergistic manner to enhance an enterprise's efficiency and profitability will be addressed.

SSIE 537, INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING IN HEALTHCARE

The application of industrial and systems engineering principles to continuous process improvement in the health care domain will be studied. Concepts that will be addressed will include, but not be limited to, process mapping, optimization, scheduling, lean and flexible systems, quality enhancement, simulation, supply chain management, inventory control, and information management.

SSIE 505, APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

Basic concepts in probability and statistics required in the modeling of random processes and uncertainty. Bayes' formula, Bayesian statistics, independent events; random variables and their descriptive statistics; distribution functions; Bernoulli, Binomial, Hypergeometric, poisson, normal, exponential, gamma, Weibull and multinomial distributions; Chebyshev's theorem; central limit theorem; joint distributions; sampling distributions; point estimation; confidence intervals; student-t, x squared and F distributions; hypothesis testing; contingency tables, goodness of fit, non-parametric statistics, regression and correlation.

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Semester 2

SSIE 520, MODELING AND SIMULATION

Stochastic processes, review of probability and statistics, covariance, input data selection, random number generators, non-parametric tests for randomness, generation of random variates, output data analysis, terminating and non-terminating simulations, model validation, comparison of alternatives, variance reduction techniques, sensitivity analysis, experimental design and predictive models. Prerequisite: SSIE 505 or equivalent.

SSIE 561, QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR ENGINEERS

Statistical quality control, designing for quality, process control, vendor and customer quality issues, quality costs and production.

SSIE 501, INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS SCIENCE

Includes a general characterization of systems science as a field of study; intellectual roots, philosophical assumptions and historical development of the field; an overview of fundamental systems concepts, principles and laws; and a survey of application areas of systems science and its implications for other fields of study.

SSIE 539, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING IN HEALTHCARE

This course introduces and emphasizes the role that human factors engineering/ergonomics plays in healthcare systems, with a focus on its applications to help improve quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of patient care. Focused topics include human factors in workflow models; work system design for patient safety; human error analysis/taxonomies to reduce medical errors; task analysis and data collection methods in healthcare environments; clinical staff workload and patient safety; physical ergonomics in healthcare and human performance modeling; and diffusion and adoption of technology in healthcare, with emphasis on the usability and design of medical devices and information systems.

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Semester 3

SSIE 538, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH SYSTEMS

This course is intended to provide an overview of healthcare finance and the current financial environment for the healthcare industry and to learn how to apply engineering economics to healthcare financial management. It will provide information on financial and managerial accounting and how the use of Systems Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering principles can be applied to financial management concepts to allow for health-related organizations to make sound business decisions.

SSIE 637, ADVANCED TOPICS IN HEALTH SYSTEMS

The application of industrial and systems engineering principles to continuous process improvement in the health care domain will be studied. Concepts that will be addressed will include, but not be limited to, process mapping, optimization, scheduling, lean and flexible systems, quality enhancement, simulation, supply chain management, inventory control, and information management.

SSIE 595 or 598, HEALTH SYSTEMS PROJECT

In depth study and analysis of a selected topic in health or other service system development, or manufacturing system development, as approved by the project advisor. Course requires a formal report, defense, and presentation.

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Last Updated: 8/28/14