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Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering

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Application Deadline: August 12, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Lead Transformative Change in Healthcare

Offered through LSU Online and the LSU College of Engineering, the online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering is designed to prepare students with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to address rising healthcare costs. Students will gain technical skills necessary to analyze healthcare systems, identify inefficiencies and propose solutions or new processes to improve the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare.Systems engineers are educated and trained to focus on the system as a whole, and to implement changes in components that actually optimize the whole system.

It’s the synthesis of all of that knowledge with systems thinking that will improve the healthcare system for the future.

This graduate certificate doesn’t require a specific bachelor of science and is taught by renowned faculty with healthcare experience. It also serves as a pathway to the online MS in Industrial Engineering.

This program is offered in partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. The coursework was developed and reviewed with OLOL MDs and executives to reflect the current needs of the healthcare industry.

Our Lady of the Lake Innovation Scholarship is available, learn more here!

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No GRE required for admission.

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Receive a dedicated coach from application to graduation.

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Relevant coursework equips graduates with the confidence to land jobs in their field of study.

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Total credit hours per program: 12 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $750

Total cost with fees: $9,000

LSU Online offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn More.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings

  • IE 4113 - Project Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • IE 4120 - Healthcare Engineering | Credit Hours: 3
  • IE 7361 - IE Research Methods | Credit Hours: 3
  • IE 7850 - Quality Management | Credit Hours: 3

Total: 12 Credits

Our Lady of the Lake Health Innovation Scholarship

Our Lady of the Lake Health Innovation Scholarship 

Transforming healthcare through applied science, analytics and industrial engineering.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support industrial engineering graduate students completing either the Healthcare Analytics or Healthcare System Engineering Graduate Certificates, delivered via LSU online.

The scholarship will cover half of the cost ($4,500) of the 12 total credit hours required to complete either certificate for one calendar year.

Recipients will be chosen through a competitive application process, using the application package below. 

The package consists of:

One-page written summary
The applicant’s resume or CV
Interest Summary: Provide a one-page summary of your rational for pursing the graduate certificate and include the following information:Cycle to start award (first fall, second fall, first spring, second spring, first summer or second summer)
Graduate Certificate pursuing
Applicant CV or Resume

To apply for this scholarship please click HERE

Admission Requirements

Although there are no restrictions regarding the major area of study pursued in the baccalaureate program, graduates of curricula outside the program area will be required to satisfy prerequisite requirements in the program area. This prerequisite work will not carry graduate credit but is intended to satisfy deficiencies. The number of courses required will depend on the student's background and preparation; such requisite courses may have prerequisites that need to be fulfilled prior to enrolling in those courses.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution
  • At least a 2.80 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA overall in their undergraduate courses and in any graduate work already completed
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities

  • Continuous Improvement Specialist
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Healthcare Management Engineer
  • Hospital Process Engineer
  • Industrial Healthcare Engineer
  • Medical Manager
  • Health Services Manager

What Will I Learn?

Students who earn an online healthcare systems engineering certificate will acquire the skills and knowledge to transform healthcare systems and processes.

Topics covered in this program include:

  • Project management and theory practice. Practical approach to organizing, planning, and controlling projects in information systems, healthcare, manufacturing and services
  • Overview of the current healthcare system in the United States, applications of industrial engineering tools to the healthcare domain, and a review of current topics in industrial engineering in healthcare
  • Analyzing industrial engineering research and improvement initiatives through planned data collection using laboratory and field studies, basic approaches to data presentation and analysis, IRB, HIPAA and other regulatory policies, and practical aspects of experiment execution
  • Philosophy and concepts of quality management, organization for quality, quality cost, quality audits and corrective actions, tools and techniques for improvement

Why Choose This Program?

Why choose LSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering?

As the healthcare industry rapidly grows, organizations will need experienced professionals to design and operate new healthcare systems. The online certificate in healthcare systems engineering from LSU provides you with the practical knowledge and skills to become a key part of your company and advance your career.

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