Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Joseph A. Heim
IND E 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Industrial Engineering

Lecture and/or laboratory.

Class description

Introduction to Health Systems Design, Analysis and Operations examines the application of industrial and systems engineering theory, concepts and tools to the design, analysis and operation of contemporary health care systems. The course also provides a brief introduction to health care policy and examines the way in which health care delivery is organized in the United States.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is designed to help students understand how industrial engineering principles, concepts and methods can be used to design, analyze and improve the performance of health care systems. The fundamental teaching method will be instructor-facilitated health systems consulting engagements with student teams. These consulting projects will run throughout the quarter and require on-site visits by the teams to observe, collect data and analyze current health systems. The subject matter will also be covered using lectures and discussions, text and other readings, group problem-solving exercises, simulations, tours of health care facilities and class presentations by health care executives and practitioners.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joseph A. Heim
Date: 09/27/2009