Health Care Systems Engineering

Offered jointly by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and Pitt Public Health, this program provides specific competencies and analytical tools required for effective problem solving relevant to quality improvement and process engineering in the health care industry. It is designed for master’s students in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Industrial Engineering. As a student in this certificate program, you will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy and environmental context of health and health care to formulated solutions for health policy problems.
  2. Design and implement projects, including collecting, analyzing, interpreting data and offering sound evidence-based recommendations.
  3. Summarize and present health care engineering-related research orally and in writing.

Academic Requirements

As a student from either affiliated department, you must fulfill a series of prerequisites that provide a foundation in health care financing, organization, and reimbursement, as well as basic engineering principles. You will then take a series of core methods and projects courses, coupled with practical, hands-on project experiences in health care organizations.

Required prerequisite courses

  • IE 2000 Fundamental of Industrial Engineering
  • IE 2001 Operations Research
  • IE 2005 Probability and Statistics
  • BIOST 2041 Introduction to Statistical Methods I
  • BIOST 2042 Introduction to Statistical Methods II
  • HPM 2105 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System I
  • HPM 2106 Health Systems Leadership and Professional Development II
  • PUBHLT 2033 Foundations in Public Health

Required courses

  • IE 2101 Lean/ Six Sigma
  • IE 2076 Total Quality Management
  • HPM 2017 Quantitative Methods in Health Care
  • HPM 2207 Quality Assessment
  • HPM 2220 Cost Effectiveness Analysis

Other requirements

  • One elective in HPM or IE
  • Seminar
  • Capstone project


Requirements for admission are identical those for the MS in industrial engineering or the MHA. MHA applicants and current MHA students already enrolled at Pitt Public Health may apply by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at Students already enrolled in the Department of Industrial Engineering should contact the graduate program administrator at

Certificate admission may be initiated at any time after the applicant has been admitted to either the MHA or the MS program. 

How to Apply

Admissions decisions are made by the program directors in both the Department of Health Policy & Management and the Department of Industrial Engineering.

This program is managed by the Department of Health Policy and Management.