There are multiple program options for graduate studies in the field of health systems at Binghamton University. These programs apply traditional engineering tools and principles in quality and performance improvement, lean applications and other constructs toward improving systems, processes and outcomes in healthcare.
Health systems is a dynamic field open to students of all majors and does not require a prior background in engineering for several of the available program options. Building better healthcare delivery system requires effective partnerships harnessing the power of engineering, health and healthcare sciences, information technology, management and social sciences. Such partnerships are essential to facilitate high-performance environments that produce higher-quality care and better patient outcomes at lower cost. Healthcare systems transformed in this way embrace patient-centered care, optimized operations, efficacy, safety and equity. Binghamton University's transdisciplinary approach to the field of healthcare systems engineering and its active research program continue to position our university as a leader in this domain.
Students studying in our health systems programs will acquire advanced skills for modeling, analyzing and designing healthcare delivery systems and processes. These programs provide a competitive edge for leadership roles in healthcare systems and prepare students for versatile, high-level careers in healthcare institutions, pharmaceutical companies, universities and medical centers, management and consulting firms, and a variety of other settings.
Program Options Available:
- MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering: Students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related field may apply for admission to this program. Students with a non-engineering background who wish to pursue this program will be required to take additional prerequisite courses before completion of their degree; the number and subject of prerequisite courses in such cases will depend upon evaluation of the student's academic transcript(s).
- MS in Systems Science-Health Systems Concentration track: Students with a baccalaureate degree in any field may apply for admission to this program; this track is open to all majors.
- MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering-Health Systems Concentration track: Students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related field may apply for admission to this program. Students with a non-engineering background who wish to pursue this program will be required to take additional prerequisite courses before completion of their degree; the number and subject of prerequisite courses in such cases will depend upon evaluation of the student's academic transcript(s).
Interested students who would like to receive immediate feedback regarding credentials and the likelihood of acceptance into the program should go to our immediate evaluation meeting web page.
While a PhD in Healthcare Systems Engineering is not currently available, students with advanced interest in this field can continue into doctoral studies with focus in health systems via the PhD Systems Science or PhD Industrial and Systems Engineering programs.
- MS in Systems Science: Health Systems
- MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Health Systems
- MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering
- MS in Systems Science: Executive Health Systems - Manhattan
- MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Executive Health Systems - Manhattan
Internships, Research Opportunities and More
Rooted in ongoing research partnerships that we have enjoyed with a variety of healthcare networks since 2001, these programs are designed to provide students with a well-rounded, practical skillset that is immediately applicable in professional settings. Students can expect to develop beneficial skills, including application of systems science and industrial/systems engineering problem-solving tools and solution methodologies, with an emphasis on ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, quality and timeliness of healthcare delivery. The ability to apply qualitative and quantitative methods to study, model, analyze and improve health systems will also be key.
On-campus students also may take advantage of participation in the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), a research institute for advanced studies at Binghamton University that unites students and sponsors from industry to conduct innovative research. Aside from the invigorating coursework, students gain real-life experience through cutting-edge, industry-based research. See how WISE is helping re-engineer healthcare.
After You Graduate
Graduates of the program typically work as professionals in the field of healthcare or related industries and, with the help of their academic experience, continue on to hold positions such as management engineering or health systems engineer/analyst, business/data analyst, quality and patient safety manager, performance improvement specialist, clinical systems engineer, healthcare business analytics/intelligence specialists or directors and more. The department is dedicated to providing support for its students and alumni at every level of their career.
For more information, visit the Health Systems website.