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Health Systems Engineering

The Health Systems Engineering (HSE) program prepares the architects of tomorrow’s healthcare system to take on its most urgent and complex challenges.

Health Systems Engineering

Healthcare represents 18% of the nation’s gross domestic product. As one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries, it is bursting with opportunities to create solutions to perplexing and unique problems that transcend medicine. Those with knowledge of technology, data, and multiple systems, as well as proven skills in hands-on problem solving, are in the perfect position to leverage their talents to transform the industry.

Health systems engineering involves a multidisciplinary approach that applies engineering and analytic principles to all aspects of healthcare. The implementation of engineering techniques combines concepts of advancement, process improvement, health informatics, cost reduction, and quality and safety.

The Florida Poly HSE program provides real-world experience with industry experts and a multidisciplinary faculty to prepare students for a career leading change in healthcare. Students can choose to pursue either a certificate or concentration within the business analytics, computer science, or data science degree programs.


Educational Team

HSE students will benefit from a team of established leaders in health, engineering, industry, and academia.
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Advisory Board

Includes experts in medicine, HSE, process improvement, mental health, entrepreneurship, and higher education.
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Industrial Collaborators

The HSE program has established relationships with seven healthcare partners representing for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, cancer research centers, Veterans Affairs, and medical schools..
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Twelve faculty members from disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science, natural sciences, and data science and business analytics are focusing their experience and expertise on helping HSE students succeed.

Ongoing Research

The HSE program currently has more than 15 ongoing projects. Students can dive in and begin contributing to an effort that could have a broad impact on current challenges. Projects include:

  • Smarter Surgical Device
    • The effort is working to turn the original Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery dome into a “smarter dome” by developing a semi-built-in assessment, such as sensors that can measure force and touch.
    • Led by Dr. Doga Demirel in partnership with Nicholson Center.
  • Fitness Awareness in Young Adults
    • The study seeks to collect data via a wearable device and analyze it to identify individuals at risk of hypertension and also identify factors for early diagnosis.
    • Led by Dr. Grisselle Centeno and graduate student Joshua Olabisi in partnership with Advent Health.
  • Applying Big Data to Address Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) in Hypertension
    • The effort analyzes and synthesizes data from patients within the Central Florida region with the goal of identifying SDoH factors of undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated hypertension, which is the leading cause of for both men and women as well as most racial groups across the country.
    • Led by Dr. Susan LeFrancois, Dr. Reinaldo Sanchez-Arias, Dr. Sravani Vadlamani, and Dr. Grisselle Centeno in partnership with Lakeland Regional Health.

Career Outlook

Among the in-demand careers HSE graduates pursue are:

  • Continuous improvement specialist
  • Healthcare business analyst
  • Health operations project management
  • Healthcare management engineer
  • Quality strategist

Multidisciplinary Faculty

HSE Concentration Required Courses

  • HIM 3000: Intro to Health Systems Engineering
    • Learn the fundamental principles of HSE examining system processes and design using quantitative tools to perform analyses and decision-making in the context of healthcare from a systems perspective.
  • HIM 3128: Health Systems Modeling and Optimization
    • The course focuses on continuous improvement in healthcare through mathematical and computational modeling.
  • HIM 4510 Health Systems Applications
    • Learn about the development of organizational structures in the course, which is devoted to designing a health systems experiment focused on the modeling, evaluation, and optimization of a health system and procedure by implementing various optimization and data analytics techniques.
  • Program elective or other concentration course

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