Jul 23, 2018  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

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Graduate Director: Frederick S. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor: Bohdan W. Oppenheim, Ph.D., Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering


Steven Badelt, Ph.D.; Joseph Duhig; Arnold Galloway, Ph.D.; Elham Ghashghai, Ph.D.; Ali X. Ghobadi, M.D.; Howard Fullman, M.D.; Claire Leon, Ph.D.; Brian Lottman, Ph.D.; Catherine Martin, Ph.D.; Hugh McManus, Ph. D.; John Poladian; Richard Singerman, Ph.D.; John Stupar, Ed.D.; Charles Tang, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Weisz, M.D.; Ron Williamson

Program Advisers

James Horejsi, Col., USAF SM, Ret.; Michael Kanter, M.D., CPPS, Executive VP, Chief Quality Officer, Kaiser Permanente; Mitesh B Rao, M.D., MHS, Stanford Health Care; Donna Rhodes, Ph.D., MIT; Cara N. Steinkeler, M.D., Kaiser Permanente; Jeffrey Weisz, M.D., Sullivan, Cotter and Assoc., Inc. formerly CEO of Kaiser Permanente

Contact Information

Graduate Director: Frederick S. Brown

Office Location: Doolan Hall 218

Telephone: 310.338.7878

E-mail: fbrown@lmu.edu


Associate Director for Healthcare Systems Engineering: Bohdan W. Oppenheim

Office Location: Pereira 204

Telephone: 310.338.2825

E-mail: boppenheim@lmu.edu 

Mission Statement

The LMU Systems Engineering (SE) programs are graduate-only programs characterized by excellence in SE and Healthcare Systems Engineering education that prepare its graduates to address and ethically solve some of the most complex problems facing society. The programs are directed at working professionals and feature a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to the needs of the student including an option to focus in the standard engineering disciplines (civil engineering; environmental and water resources engineering; mechanical engineering; and cybersecurity), and in healthcare. The option to earn both the MS in SE and MBA degrees is rarely found at other universities. The unique strength of the programs is internationally recognized research and teaching in advanced Lean methods as applied to SE, programs, and the healthcare operations.

Modern technological programs and healthcare are characterized by high and ever growing complexity, multidisciplinary character, and strong interactions between science, technology, medicine, business, and human civilization. Systems Engineering is the body of knowledge evolved to successfully manage such systems. As a leader in Systems Engineering education, our programs offer a rich menu of study options and technical areas.

National Need for Healthcare Systems Engineering: In 2014, The White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued the so-called PCAST report recommending using Systems Engineering for the highly complex challenges in modern healthcare, stating: “…Systems Engineering know-how must be propagated at all levels [of healthcare]” and “Implementation of ]systems engineering] bears potential not only to improve the efficiency of [health] care delivery, but also to improve its quality. The LMU Healthcare Systems Engineering M.S. degree program offers unique education addressing this urgent national need. Systems Engineering is a body of knowledge that originated in aerospace industry to assure perfect performance of complex multi-disciplinary systems. Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) is mostly a non-mathematical body of knowledge, although some areas use statistics, modeling and simulations, and informatics. HSE helps solve healthcare problems in a broad range of areas, including: Lean Streamlining and modeling of operations in emergency departments, operating rooms, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, supply chain and administration; Interoperability and connectivity of medical devices; Electronic records and healthcare enterprise informatics; Connecting fragmented healthcare systems elements; Simulations and modeling of operations and economic analysis; and Population medicine and big data analytics.


Admission and Graduation Requirements

Both admission and graduation requirements are listed individually under the program names below. Please visit those pages.


Most engineering courses are offered on the LMU Westchester campus and typically meet in the evenings (online courses are identified individually). Usually courses meet one evening per week for three hours except during the summer terms when each course meets two evenings per week for 3.5 hours each.

The Systems Engineering MS program,and the Systems Engineering MS programs with Technical Focus, are designed to be completed in about two years by a working student taking two courses per semester, including some summer courses. 

The regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program is designed to be completed in about two years by a working student taking two courses per semester, including some summer courses. With aggressive scheduling of courses, the Healthcare MS program can be completed in one year. the 4+1 Healthcare Systems Engineering MS program is designed to be completed in one year.

The dual degree Systems Engineering Leadership Program is designed to be completed in about three years.

The Certificate programs can be completed within three consecutive semesters (but the Certificate in Lean Healthcare Systems can be completed in one year.)

The regular Healthcare Systems Engineering MS students and the Certificare in Lean Healthcare students enter the program in Summer Term II. They can apply year round. The 4+1 Healthcare Systems Engineering students must apply by November 1 and are admitted during November. They enter the program in the Senior Spring semester.

All non-Healthcare students can be admitted anytime during the academic year and can enter the program in any semester or summer terms.

Registering into the courses is the student’s responsibility. A student is expected to make reasonable progress toward the degrees to remain in good standing at the University.



Students who receive a grade of less than “B” in any 500-level course or a grade of less than “C” in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their degree. The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0 in the MS programs and 2.7 in the Certificate programs.



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