New Health Systems Professional Ed Classes Launched

Short courses cover the latest techniques in decision analysis, financial management, quality of care measurement, and more

This fall Georgia Tech's renowned health systems faculty will launch a series of short courses designed for working professionals in the healthcare industry - from hospital administrators to consultants to mid-level managers and clinicians.

"The healthcare system in the United States is a very complex system, suffering in terms of costs, quality of care, efficiency and productivity - issues which engineers are good at solving," says Francois Sainfort, the William W. George professor of health systems and professor of industrial and systems engineering. "Now is a good time to start bringing engineering solutions to healthcare and to look at ways to re-engineer and redesign the system."

Founded in 1958, Georgia Tech's graduate program in health systems is top ranked in the field. Faculty members bring their extensive experience in consulting, research and teaching to the classroom.

Courses offered include:
· Healthcare Financial Management
· Essentials of Statistics For Health Professionals (Basic)
· Statistics for Health Professionals (Intermediate)
· Decision Analysis in Healthcare
· Healthcare System Modeling and Operations Management
· Measurement and Management of Quality of Care
· Computer Simulation in Healthcare
· Measurement and Analysis of Health Outcomes
· Informatics and Healthcare Delivery (Fundamentals)
· Human Computer Interaction and Healthcare Informatics (Informatics Design)
· Optimization in Medicine

In addition, Sainfort will offer a free sneak preview of Georgia Tech's new health systems courses through a live webinar on August 2, 2005 from noon - 1 p.m.. Sainfort will give a brief lecture on "Re-engineering Healthcare Systems" for interested students.

All courses will be taught at Georgia Tech's new state-of-the-art Global Learning & Conference Center located in midtown Atlanta and are organized by the Professional Education division at Georgia Tech.

"Through these short courses, Professional Education at Georgia Tech strives to share Georgia Tech's expertise in a variety of disciplines with leaders in business, government and other organizations. It is our mission to provide the best educational experience possible," said Nelson C. Baker, associate vice provost for Distance Learning and Professional Education.

Detailed information about these courses and the sneak preview is available online at http://www.emarket.gatech.edu/healthcare.