Healthcare Engineering Option in the Master of Engineering Degree
Curriculum and Course Descriptions
The Healthcare Engineering curriculum consists of 36 graduate-level semester credit hours, including 33 course credits (11 courses) and 3 credits for research. The 11 courses include 9 required courses and 2 electives described below:
(I) 9 required courses including 6 in Engineering and 3 in Health Sciences:
A. 6 engineering courses to be selected from the following:
Chemical Engineering (CHE)
- CHE 5363 Biochemical Engineering (3:3:0). Introduction to biochemical reaction engineering and separations. Kinetics of biomass and product information and substrate utilization. Biotransport phenomena, bioenergetics, downstream separation, and purification process.
- CHE 5364 Chemical Engineering Applications in Biological Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or 3354. Transport phenomena and chemical reactions at the molecular and cellular level in biological systems.
- CHE 5365 Biotransport (3:3:0). Mass and momentum transport in living systems.
- CHE 5366 Biomicrofluidics (3:3:0). Fluid phenomena at small scales. Science and engineering of miniaturized lab-on-chip devices for applications in chemical, biomolecular, and cellular analysis
- CHE 5385 Bioprocess Control (3:3:0). Problems and solutions associated with optimization and control of bioprocesses.
- CHE 5660 Advanced Bioengineering (6:3:9). In-depth investigation of current topics of importance in bioengineering, including theoretical, experimental and computational methods for studying biological membranes and advanced bioprocess engineering.
- CE 5327 Geotechnical Practice for Waste Disposal (3:3:0). Review of government regulations; risk assessment; site investigation techniques; design and installation of land fills; land treatment; toxic waste handling.
- CE 5395 Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial solid and hazardous wastes.
Computer Science (CS)
- CS 5352 Advanced Operating Systems Design (3:3:0). Topics on distributed operating systems, such as synchronization, communication, file systems, and memory sharing are discussed. Several programming projects are implemented. Offered on-line.
- CS 5356 Advanced Database Management Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CS 3364, equivalent, or consent of instructor. Systems aspects of relational databases are emphasized. Topics include relational database design, index and access structures implementation and performance evaluation, query processing and optimization, transaction management, and concurrency control. Offered on-line.
- CS 5358 Software Studio I (3:3:0). Capstone design and implementation experience of a major software project applying comprehensive software engineering techniques. Offered on-line.
- CS 5363 Software Project Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CS 3365, equivalent, or consent of instructor. Explores the principles of software project management and their effective application. Topics include project, risk, process, and resource management and improvement techniques. Offered on-line.
- CS 5366 Software Process Improvement (3:3:0). Corequisite: CS 5302 or equivalent. Theory and practice for software process improvement and certification at the organizational, project team, and individual level. Offered on-line.
- CS 5368 Intelligent Systems (3:3:0). Comprehensive introduction to the field of artificially intelligent computer based systems. Theory and applications in artificial intelligence. Offered on-line.
- CS 5369 Web-Based Software Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CS 3365, equivalent, or consent of instructor. In-depth study of how to engineer Web-based software systems. Topics include process, development, testing, and performance issues. Offered on-line.
- CS 5373 Software Modeling and Architecture (3:3:0). This course introduces the theory and practice for software development and covers software requirements, analysis, software architecture and detailed design. Offered on-line.
- CS 5375 Computer Systems Organization and Architecture (3:3:0). Introduction to the architecture, organization, and design of computer systems. Topics include processor, control and memory design, computer arithmetic, I/O, and a brief introduction to multiprocessors. Offered on-line.
- CS 5376 Communication Networks (3:3:0). Networks in the context of parallel and distributed systems. Information theory applied to networks. Network topology. Problems and approaches in design, development, and management of communications networks. Offered on-line.
- CS 5388 Neural Networks (3:3:0). Neural network theory, models, and implementation. Applications to real-time systems, robotics, pattern recognition, computer vision, and event driven systems. Offered on-line.
- CS 5393 Bioinformatics (3:3:0).Computational analysis of biological sequences gene expression and protein structures. Topics include sequence alignment, gene expression data analysis, and geometric analysis of protein structure.
- ECE 5316 Power Electronics (3:3:0). Switch mode power conversion, converters and inverters, power supplies and regulators, and power semiconductor circuits. Offered on-line.
- ECE 5325 Telecommunication Networks (3:3:0). Networking and standards. Data and voice network architectures, cellular, satellite and telephone networks. Protocols. Network modeling and optimization. Queuing theory.
- ECE 5343 Power Systems Engineering (3:3:0). Electrical power transmission and distribution systems; power generation systems; system modeling, planning, management and protection. Offered on-line.
- ECE 5350. Introduction to Medical Instrumentation (3:3:0). Biomedical instrumentation, transducers, signals, circuits and filters, utilization of biopotential techniques in respiration, cardiac, and audiology.
- ECE 5351 Biomedical Signal Processing (3:3:0). An overview of conventional and modern signal processing techniques and their applications taught in the context of biomedical signals and signal models.
- ECE 5352 Medical Imaging (3:3:0). Medical imaging techniques including radiography and ionizing radiation, computer aided tomography, PET, MRI, and image reconstruction and processing techniques.
- ECE 5355 Genomic Signal Processing and Control (3:3:0). An introduction to genomics with techniques from signal processing and control. Intergene relationships, classification of disease, genetic regulatory networks, and dynamic behavior.
- ECE 5356 Biosensors and Bioelectronics (3:3:0). Biosensors and semiconductor devices, cells, and other biomaterials. Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (Bio-MEMS) and low-power wearable/implantable medical devices, self sustained discharge, paschen law, glow discharge, arc discharge, streamers, spark discharge, corona discharge, gas lasers.
- ECE 5364 Digital Signal Processing (3:3:0). An introduction to digital signal processing. Sampling, z-transform, discrete and fast Fourier transforms, flowgraphs, design techniques for digital filters, effects of finite word length and applications.
- ECE 5367 Image Processing (3:3:0). Linear operators in spatial and spatial-frequency domains. Image enhancement and restoration techniques. Analysis and coding of images.
- ECE 5385 Introduction to Microsystems I (3:3:0). Fundamentals of microelectromechanical (MEMS) and microfluidic systems. Project-based course introduces basic microsystem design, analysis, simulation, and manufacture through several case studies using representative devices. Offered on-line.
- ECE 5391 Electric Machines and Drives (3:3:0). Analysis and control of DC machines and induction machines. Space vector theory. Field oriented control. Modeling of machine and controller dynamics. Offered on-line.
- ECE 6360 Computer Vision and Image Reconstruction (3:3:0). Theories of image formation and reconstruction. Reconstruction problems in tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, synthetic aperture radar, and other modalities of imaging.
- ECE 6363 Adaptive Pattern Recognition (3:3:0). Adaptive approaches to the design of discriminant functions for pattern classification and recognition. Statistical, syntactic, neural networks and fuzzy-set based optimization constraints for discriminants.
- ENGR 5392 Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Formal technical report on an interdisciplinary topic under guidance of faculty from one or more departments.
- IE 5301 Ergonomics and Design (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Functional anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system and their applications in work design. Introduction to work physiology, kinesiology, and anthropometry and their applications.
- IE 5302 Environmental Ergonomics (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Evaluation, measurement, and control of the physical environment. Environments considered include: heat, cold, noise, vibration, light, radiation, and air contaminants.
- IE 5303. Work Physiology (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Study of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and muscular responses to work, including energy costs of work endurance, fatigue, physical work capacity, and physiological modeling.
- IE 5304 Occupational Biomechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Historical development and theoretical fundamentals of body mechanics. The body link system and kinematic and kinetic aspects of body movement. Applications to work systems.
- IE 5305 Cognitive Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Implications of human perceptual, cognitive, and psycho-motor capabilities for the design of systems for effective human use and control.
- IE 5306 Safety Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Loss prevention principles, practice, and regulations; accident factors, models, costs, and analysis; systems safety; product safety; safety and health related workplace hazards. Offered on-line.
- IE 5309 Human Factors in Engineering and Design (3:3:0). Introduction to human factors issues in the design of human-machine systems. Design of workstations, controls, and displays, human-computer interfaces, and the environment in industrial systems. Offered on-line.
- IE 5312 Queuing Theory (3:3:0). Modeling and analysis of simple and complex service systems. Includes single and multiple server Markov queues, queues with general arrival processes and service times, bulk and batch queues, priority queues, and queueing networks. Offered on-line.
- IE 5319 Risk Modeling and Assessment (3:3:0). Probabilistic risk models; probability distributions for risk modeling; input data for risk modeling; low probability events; risk modeling software; and analysis of risk modeling results. Offered on-line.
- IE 5320 Systems Theory (3:3:0). Examines theoretical foundations of general systems theory applied to engineering and organizational enterprises, addressing issues of systems efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, economics, innovation, quality, and QWL. Offered on-line.
- IE 5321 Decision Theory and Management Science (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Philosophy, theory, and practice of management; decision theory and social responsibility. Offered on-line.
- IE 5322 Industrial Cost Analysis (3:3:0). Cost analysis and/or control of industrial enterprises. Economic budgeting, planning, decision making, and financial analysis for engineering and engineering management. Offered on-line.
- IE 5325 Productivity and Performance Improvement in Organizations (3:3:0). Productivity and performance improvement (including efficiency, effectiveness, quality, QWL, innovation, profitability, and budget ability theories, techniques, analysis, and applications for industrial systems. Offered on-line.
- IE 5329 Project Management (3:3:0). Technical, organizational, and personnel project management examination including planning, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, resources management, control. Risk analysis and management using software for project performance evaluation. Offered on-line.
- IE 5342 Design of Experiments (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Understanding of basic probability and statistics. Single factor, factorial, blocked, split plot designs. Means comparisons, contrasts, estimates of variation. Confounding and fractional factorials. Offered on-line.
- IE 5344 Statistical Data Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: IE 3341 or equivalent. Exploratory data analysis, graphical displays and analysis. Linear and nonlinear regression, response surfaces. Selected mainframe and microcomputer packages. Offered on-line.
- IE 5346 Total Quality Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Total quality philosophy, customer definition and demands, quality strategies, planning and integration, benchmarking, team structures and interaction, supplier qualification, and quality audits.
- IE 5356 Biomedical Design and Manufacturing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Introduction to concepts and issues in biomedical design and manufacturing, including biomaterials and nanomaterials, medical devices, body mechanics, design requirements, manufacturing, quality control, and ethics.
- IE 5371 Bioengineering Systems (3:3:0). Fundamentals of bioengineering with an emphasis on a systems viewpoint. Use of engineering tools to understand, mimic, and utilize biological processes.-assembly, nanomolding and embossing, nanotransfer printing, scanning probe lithography, and synthesis of nanostructured materials.
- ME 5317 Robot and Machine Dynamics (3:3:0). An overview of planar mechanism (cams and linkages) and set analysis and synthesis. Introduction to spatial mechanisms and robotics kinematic and dynamic analysis and control. An extended and in-depth project is required. (ME4335)
- ME 5351. Advanced Engineering Design (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Design analysis and synthesis of multicomponent systems. Application of fatigue, fracture mechanics, random vibration, acoustic and anisotropic materials to component design.
- ME 5352 Probabilistic Design (3:3:0). Application of probabilistic approaches in engineering design. Techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk inherent in mechanical systems.
- ME 5353 Fundamental of Transdisciplinary Design and Process (3:3:0). The fundamental aspects of design and process which cut across the boundaries of all disciplines and provide a means for solving complex problems.
- ME 5354 Systems Engineering Principles (3:3:0). An overview of the systems engineering design process focusing on defining both the business and the technical needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements with design synthesis and system validation is presented.
- ME 5360 Bio-Fluid Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic fluid mechanics. Teaches fundamentals of blood flow mechanics, blood rheology, blood vessel issue mechanics, blood flow measurements, cardiovascular disease and therapeutic techniques related to blood flow, hemodynamics in main organs, and airflow in the airway.
- ME 5362 Orthopedic Biomechanics (3:3:0). The study of kinematics and kinetics of the human musculoskeletal system with emphasis on injuries (sports and trauma), orthopedic fixation, fixation, fixation device design.
B: 3 health sciences courses to be selected from the following:
Clinical Practice Management (AHCP, all courses distance-based)
- AHCP 5301 Healthcare Foundations (3:3:0). The purpose of this class is to focus on stakeholder dynamics in healthcare. Special emphasis is placed on payer, provider, patient and employer relationships as they relate to issues of cost, quality and access in the healthcare delivery system. As a class capstone project, students use an assigned healthcare theoretical model, or an environmental issue, and are asked to forecast stakeholder behavior in the practice setting.
- AHCP 5305 Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (3:3:0). The emphasis of this course is on understanding the fundamentals of leadership as it applies to leading allied health personnel in healthcare organizations. A heavy emphasis is placed on understanding the seminal concepts of leadership as it applies to organizational behavior and theory in practice. Several leadership, personality and ability-job-fit diagnostic tests are given to students to discern natural leadership tendencies. These competencies and skills are later applied to case studies in leading and managing change in organizations. Measurement of leadership performance is evaluated.
- AHCP 5306 Healthcare Delivery System (3:3:0). This course provides the student with the basic understanding of the local and international origins, evolution, and trends in institutional and non-traditional healthcare delivery. Hospitals, ambulatory care organizations, managed care organizations, integrated delivery systems, and other models are discussed in detail. Additionally, various practitioners' roles in the delivery of care within the different models are addressed. Offered on-line.
- AHCP 5307 Healthcare Practice Management I (3:3:0). This course discusses managerial principles, operations, and functions within healthcare delivery systems. Examination will focus on issues such as organizational design, operational measurement, and stakeholder management. Topics include theories of leadership, management, customer service, and negotiation.
- AHCP 5308 Healthcare Practice Management II (3:3:0). The course includes personnel management, organizational behavior, and operational issues within healthcare delivery systems. Examination will focus on individual, interpersonal, and group management; employment law; selection; discipline; motivation; staffing; productivity; and team building.
- AHCP 5309 Decision Making with Statistics (3:3:0). Decision Making with Statistics is a unique blend of statistics, research methods, theory and decisionmaking practices applied to real world healthcare issues in the practice setting. The class is designed to give students experience working with large data sets, and confidence in selecting appropriate quantitative tools in management analysis using SPSS.
- AHCP 5310 Coding and Healthcare Law (3:3:0). This course addresses current CPT and HCPCS coding issues and healthcare related laws. The course will provide the learner with current coding requirements, reimbursement changes, and legal issues facing the healthcare industry. Topics include utilization review, HIPPA, patient rights, and malpractice legislation.
- AHCP 5315 Professional Development and Healthcare Ethics (3:3:0). This course guides the student's growth through professional development. Topics include effective communication, education, professionalism, ethical issues, practice expectations, and promotion of the student's profession.
- AHCP 5317 Public Policy and Issues in Aging (3:3:0). This course focuses on the development and evaluation of public policy, state and federal legislative processes, insurance and financial planning, retirement income, protective services, and legal issues that affect the population, especially older individuals. The course investigates current events related to the public policy implementation, using both educational and consumer-based literature. Offered on-line.
- AHCP 5320 Long Term Care Management (3:3:0). An overview of the nursing home industry and the managerial requirements associated with long term care institutions. Topics of study focus on an introduction to: state and federal regulatory aspects of facility management, care delivery systems, reimbursement and personnel administration.
- AHCP 5321 Regulatory Aspects of Long-Term Care (3:3:0). Analysis and application of regulatory requirements in the daily operational environment of a certified and licensed long term care facility are covered. Topics in this course will include Texas, Federal and JCAHO regulatory requirements in the care, architectural and life safety code compliance issues of long term care facility operations.
- AHCP 5322 Risk, Quality and Patient Safety (3:3:0). This course introduces the concepts of health care risk and quality management and how these domains go hand in hand with patient safety. Class work addresses the major elements of a risk management program including claims management, risk financing, risk reduction, and emergency preparedness. A "systems" approach to health care quality is provided including performance improvement methodologies, tools, and strategic initiatives to address continuous quality improvement. Appropriate standards, laws, and regulatory requirements are covered with special emphasis on compliance with Join Commission accreditation. No textbook is required.
- AHCP 5330 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3:3:0). This course will introduce the student to the uses of information technology as it applies to healthcare, including information retrieval, electronic medical records, physician order entry, telemedicine, consumer health informatics, security, privacy and confidentiality in the electronic environment, HIPAA regulations, ethics, computerized medical imaging, and decision support. The course will provide the student with the fundamental knowledge necessary to practice within the modern healthcare environment and communicate with information technology (IT) personnel. Practical exercises are included that are designed to acquaint the student with healthcare related applications of information technology.
Clinical Service Management (AHCM)
- AHCM 5315 Issues in Gerontology for Healthcare Managers (3:3:0). Overview of the physical, psychosocial, cognitive, cultural, and environmental factors that affect persons as they age. Special topics include financial and administrative issues that affect patient service, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and community resources. Offered on-line.
- NURS 5376 Best Practices for Safe Healthcare Systems (3:3:0). This interdisciplinary course is designed to explore solutions and practices that promote safer patient care and reduce risk in a variety of health care settings. Offered on-line.
- NURS 6320. Systems Leadership for Effectiveness, Quality and Safety (3:3: 0). Explores the scientific underpinnings of leadership, organizational effectiveness and quality improvement. Students will be provided with strategies and tools for transformational leadership and systems thinking in complex adaptive systems including effective communication, process analysis, measuring and tracking quality and safety data, and facilitating change to improve health outcomes will be explored. Offered 50% on-line, 50% on-campus.
- NURS 6325 Informatics and Technology to Improve Healthcare (3:3:0).. Explores healthcare informatics and methods to apply information technology to clinical care for improving patient safety, quality and the health of the population. Students will learn information technology and research methods that collect appropriate and accurate data to generate evidence for practice and to inform and guide the design of databases to generate meaningful evidence for nursing practice. Offered 50% on-line, 50% on-campus.
- NURS 6340 Advancing Policy and Politics in Healthcare (3:3:0). Provides opportunities for nursing leaders to value the political processes that influence policy decisions through analyzing public policies, health policies, and legislation at the organizational, local, state, national, and international level. This course includes opportunities to advocate and participate in political and policy-making processes for a health issue in the student's area of interest and career trajectory. Offered 50% on-line, 50% on-campus.
- NURS 6345 Population Health and Epidemiology (3:3:0). This course provides a comprehensive investigation into the application of public health and epidemiology principles. Emphasis will be placed on using technologically advanced clinical information systems that aggregate patient data so that group and/or population-based clinical profiles, practice patterns and variations, genetic problems, and health disparities can be identified, analyzed and compared to regional and national benchmark norms and data bases. Offered 50% on-line, 50% on-campus.
(II) 2 electives to be selected from all graduate-level engineering and health sciences courses, including those listed above, in addition to the following:
Biological Informatics (BINF)
- BINF 5301 Biological Informatics (3:3:0). Introduction to assessment of data in computer data bases, management of multiple layers of biological information, and exploring hidden patterns in the data.
Biological Sciences (BIOL)
- BIOL 5302 Advanced Cell Biology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology, 8 hours of chemistry, plus at least one semester of organic chemistry; or consent of instructor. Structure and function of cells with introduction to modern techniques for cell study. Course is offered to graduate students with no formal training in cell biology.
- BIOL 5306 Advanced Cancer Biology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: BIOL 3416 or equivalent course in genetics. Presents a comprehensive overview covering the history of cancer biology to the most recent findings in the field. Molecular and cellular biology as well as clinical topics will be covered.
- ISQS 5231 Information Technology for Managers (3:3:0). The course examines information technology in organizations and its use in improving business processes and decisions for sustainable competitive advantage.
- ISQS 5341 Business Problem Solving and Information Technology (3:3:0). Problem solving and decision making for business analysis, reengineering, and competitive advantage.
- ISQS 6341 Data Communications and Network Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ISQS 5341. Concepts and terminology of data communications, network design, client -server architecture, distributed information systems with focus on communications architecture, and management.
- ISQS 6342 Strategic Uses of Information Systems Technology (3:3:0). The use of information technology for sustainable competitive advantage. IT in the global marketplace. Strategic use of information resources.
- MGT 5308 Consumer-Driven Healthcare Design (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MGT 5307 or consent of instructor. A systems-based view of healthcare organizations emphasizing the safe provision of high quality care to populations.
Public Administration (PUAD)
- PUAD 5334 Healthcare Policy and Administration (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Analysis of the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policy and service delivery, emphasizing skills and knowledge in policy-making, management, and decision-making.