Undergraduate Education Program

Louisiana State University

Isabelina Nahmens, Laura Ikuma, Craig Harvey
Baton Rouge, LA
December 2016

While healthcare in the US has made great strides in improving health, the delivery system still needs major improvements, as evidenced by increasing costs (4-10% per year) and ongoing problems with patient safety.  Healthcare improvement requires skills in quality, information technology, safety, human factors, and project management, which are all taught in industrial engineering (IE) programs.  However, to accurately address healthcare needs, curricula needs to be enhanced with healthcare applications and reinforced with hands-on experience.  This project creates a healthcare certificate for undergraduate IE students at LSU to develop healthcare management professionals through partnerships with local healthcare entities.  In the past three years, the LSU-IE program has grown to 206 students (307% increase) and about 70% of students have either completed a capstone project or research in healthcare.  This project will expand IE students’ knowledge and career options via a healthcare certificate composed of one new healthcare course, one seminar course, two capstone courses with a healthcare project, and an internship in a healthcare business.  A Healthcare Industry Advisory Board will play a prominent role in guiding the initiative.

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