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Summer Healthcare Systems Institute

Empowering Nursing and Healthcare Leaders through Healthcare Engineering Partnership Education

The Healthcare Systems Institute equips nursing leaders to enact transformational change by reengineering healthcare delivery, promoting patient safety, and solving complex healthcare problems.

This institute offers two intensive face to face courses and one online course that may be taken for credit or a certificate.

  • Empower nursing leaders with new understanding, experience, and appreciation of how principles of systems engineering can contribute to healthcare improvement.
  • Focus nurses on research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes, and systems management.
  • Provide project opportunities for individuals to be involved in delivering real-world solutions that foster more effective and rewarding professional roles. 


System Approaches in Healthcare Engineering

May 18-22; 9:00AM – 12:00PM
May 21; 4:00PM – 7:00PM

Instructor: Sara McComb, PhD 

Introduces the fundamentals of systems engineering tools and approaches through hands-on problem solving exercises. Participants will develop basic skills in interpreting systems analysis results and applying systems tools such as process mapping, bottle neck analysis, queuing, lean engineering, simulation, optimization, dealing with uncertainty, “what if” analysis, quality control, and performance monitoring techniques.

Human Factors in Healthcare Engineering


Introduction to human factors and ergonomics, with applications focus on healthcare engineering. Students will study fundamental physical, cognitive, and organizational principles, and formulate studies for future research and evaluation of healthcare applications.

Principles of Epidemiology

Class will be scheduled over 6 weeks beginning in the second summer session. Start date TBA. Synchronous sessions held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for four weeks. One week off prior to exam.
Instructors: Randy Black, PhD

Introduction and application of basic/rudimentary epidemiologic descriptive statistics and study as related to human morbidity, mortality, and injury (disability). Other topics include the utility of public health vital statistics, concepts of disease transmission, types of epidemiological studies, and causality.

Note: These courses can be used as cognates for Doctor of Nursing Practice students.

Scholarships may be available. If you are interested in registering for the above courses or in applying for the scholarships, please contact

*All courses can be taken for course credit or for certificate*


Dr. McComb Dr. Sara McComb teaches the course in Systems Approaches in Healthcare Engineering. Dr. McComb will demonstrate how engineering tools and techniques apply to healthcare systems. By the end of the course, participants will have addressed a real-world problem from this perspective and be conversant in how the other tools and techniques might be applied. This type of knowledge will help them recognize opportunities for improvement and impact healthcare delivery directly.

Ji Soo YiDr. Ji Soo Yi, from the School of Industrial Engineering will be teaching the course on Human Factors in Healthcare Engineering, which includes methods, safety engineering, work methods and measurement, human-computer interactions, and ergonomics. All of these areas are concerns for the nursing workplace. Students are expected to bring issues and concerns from their experiences to the class and find helpful ways to analyze and improve working conditions.

Dr. Randy Black from the Department of Health and Kinesiology and PhD student Jennifer Smock offer students an intensive course in Epidemiology. This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the nature of epidemiologic study as it relates to human morbidity, mortality, and disability. This understanding of the health status of large populations is essential in determining healthcare needs as well as evaluating the impact of care.



System Approaches in Healthcare Engineering and Human Factors in Healthcare Engineering follow an intensive fiveday format. Supplemental work is required prior to and following the time on campus if you are taking these courses for Purdue University credit. The chance to experience the university environment and the opportunity to form strong relationships between and among students and faculty are highlights of this program. The Principles of Epidemiology course is an entirely online course.

Who Can Enroll

Graduate students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are invited to apply for the 2014 Summer Institute. Students wishing to take the courses for credit who are not already active graduate students must apply as a non-degree seeking student no later than May 1.

College Credit Available

Three university credits are available for each course. The registration deadline to receive college credit is May 1, 2014.


Delivery method: Face to face credit courses: $1,043.55 for in-state students $2,844.90 for out of state students.
Delivery method: Online credit course: $1,043.55 for in-state students and $1,537.14 for out of state students. For registration see the credit course information link on this Web site:

Certificate Option

A certificate option is available for those students who want the course content but choose not to take the examinations and complete the required projects. For certificate registration visit:

Certificate Fees Include

Register for a single certificate offering for $900 or two certificate offerings for $1,700. The registration deadline is May 16 for the certificate option. A certificate will be awarded for the completion of each course. Register online at:


Required readings for the courses may be purchased through The books are listed by course. The text for Systems Approaches in Health Care Engineering: Ozcan Y, Quantitative Methods in Health Care Management: Techniques and Applications, 2nd Ed. ISBN: 978-0-470-43462-8. The text for Principles of Epidemiology: Black, D.R.*, & Johnson, M.* (in progress). Epidemiology for nursing practice and research (3rd ed.). Oshtemo, MI: Center for Problem Solving and Measurement Press. A link to purchase this book will be provided via email on your Purdue email account and posted to Blackboard Learn. The text for Human Factors in Healthcare Engineering: Gosbee, J.W. and Gosbee, L.L. 2010. Using Human Factors Engineering to Improve Patient Safety, 2nd Ed., (The Joint Commission, Oak Terrace, Illinois). ISBN: 978-1-59940-411-0.

Housing Accomodations

For on campus intensive sessions, please visit for information about lodging, Maps and Parking, Transportation, and wireless access.

Payment by Employer Check or Purchase Order

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Cancellation Policy

Certificate Option: A 50 percent refund will be granted if a request is received two weeks prior to the start of the event. Course fees
will be non-refundable after May 4.

Credit Option: The refund will be calculated according to Purdue University Policy. You may contact for additional refund information.

For More Information

For registration information, please contact: Tricia Harlow; e-mail:; Phone: 765-494-9689, or Melody Carducci; e-mail:; Phone: 765-496-0338.

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