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.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CE)

  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • CS 5358 Software Studio I (3:3:0). Capstone design and implementation experience of a major software project applying comprehensive software engineering techniques. Offered online.
  • 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 online.
  • CS 5366 Software Process Improvement (3:3:0). Co-requisite: CS 5302 or equivalent. Theory and practice for software process improvement and certification at the organizational, project team, and individual level. Offered online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

  • ECE 5316 Power Electronics (3:3:0). Switch mode power conversion, converters and inverters, power supplies and regulators, and power semiconductor circuits. Offered online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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.

Engineering (ENGR)

  • 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.

Industrial Engineering (IE)

  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 queuing networks. Offered online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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 online.
  • IE 5329 Project Management (3:3:0). Technical, organizational, and personnel project management examination including planning, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, resources management, and control. Risk analysis and management using software for project performance evaluation. Offered online.
  • IE 5342 Design of Experiments (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Understanding of basic probability and statistics. Single factor, factorial, blocked, and split plot designs. Means comparisons, contrasts, and estimates of variation. Confounding and fractional factorials. Offered online.
  • 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 online.
  • 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, including assembly, nanomolding and embossing, nanotransfer printing, scanning probe lithography, and synthesis of nanostructured materials.

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

  • 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 5337 Mechanics and Processing of Nanomaterials (3). The testing and evaluation of mechanical properties for nanostructured materials are considered in relationship to their synthesis and processing.
  • 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 5355 Complexity Theory for Design and Process (3). Prerequisites: ME 5353. Fundamentals of complexity theory to apply to engineering designs, processes, and systems to improve control and reliability.
  • ME 5356 Digital Human Modeling for Human-Centric Design (3). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Knowledge of kinematics and dynamics, vector and matrix algebra, C programming. Introduction to human anatomy, skeletal model, anthropometry, human modeling packages, kinematics of human multibody system, posture prediction and dynamic motion prediction.
  • ME 5357 Transdisciplinary Discovery and Innovation (3). Process of scientific discovery and technology development, integrated tools and processes for engineering innovation, and theoretical foundations and current topics in transdisciplinary engineering and science.
  • ME 5358 Biomaterials (3). Prerequisite: Materials Science. Develops an understanding of structure and manufacturing-dependent properties for both synthetic and natural biomaterials used in biomedical engineering.
  • 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.
  • ME 5366 Healthcare Engineering (3). Principles of engineering and advanced topics involved in all major aspects of healthcare delivery processes and systems.
  • ME 5385 Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS) I (3). 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.
  • ME 5386 Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS) II (3). Prerequisite: ME 5385. Application of microfabrication to create microsensor systems. Integration of optics, optoelectronics and microfluids. Includes other MEMS projects.
  • ME 5387 Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS) III (3). Prerequisite: ME 5386 or consent of instructor. Leadership of a design team in an interdisciplinary environment. Simulation and computer-aided MEMS design and analysis.

B: 3 Health Sciences Courses to Be Selected from the Following:

Clinical Practice Management  (HPCP, all courses distance-based)

    • HPCP 5301 Current Concepts in Healthcare (3:3:0,O). This course discusses topical issues that pertain to healthcare. These may include, but are not limited to, the delivery and financing of healthcare, technological advances in healthcare, consumer-important issues in healthcare, recent advances in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease, and legal issues related to healthcare. The course is conducted in a seminar format, with the instructor and students providing current material for discussion. Prior to enrolling in this course, the student is expected to have a firm foundation in the subject of healthcare delivery in the United States. Recommended prerequisite: AHCP 5306 Healthcare Delivery System.
    • HPCP 5305 Leadership & Ethics in the Health Professions (3:3:0,O). The emphasis of this course is on understanding the fundamentals of leadership and ethics as it applies to leading personnel in health professionals. A heavy emphasis is placed on understanding the seminal concepts of leadership and ethics as it applies to organizational behavior and theory in practice within the health professions. Several leadership, personality and ability-job- fit diagnostics tests are given to students to discern natural leadership tendencies for decision making. These tests also support the creation of a personal ethical framework. These competencies and skills are later applied to case studies and practical exercise. Measurement of leadership performance and ethical outcomes are evaluated.
    • HPCP 5306 Healthcare Delivery Systems (3:3:0, O). This course provides an introduction to health care services, offering students an overview of the U. S health care delivery system and the important components of the system. The course will examine the health care delivery system broadly and explore contemporary issues affecting the institutions that provide health care and are designed to protect the health of the American public. The course will cover the historical development of the U. S. health care system, the changing roles of health care providers, major health programs, determinants of health, disparities in health, and health care finance. The goal of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills to be effective participants in efforts to improve the U. S. health care system.
    • HPCP 5307 Practice Management I (3:3:0, O). This course discusses managerial principles, operations, and functions within the healthcare system. The purpose of this course is to provide a strong foundation in key concepts important to healthcare management. A wide range of topics, including management, leadership, healthcare law, human resource management, financing, strategic planning, and quality improvement are addressed.
    • HPCP 5309 Decision Making and Business Statistics (3:3:0, O). This course is intended to provide an overview of descriptive and inferential statistical methods and applications pertinent to health care management professionals, with an emphasis on the use of commonly available software applications, such as Microsoft Excel, to formulate and carry out decision-making practices applied to real world healthcare issues in the practice setting.
    • HPCP 5310 Coding and Healthcare Law (3:3:0,O). 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
    • HPCP 5315 Professional Development and Healthcare Ethics (3:3:0,O). 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.
    • HPCP 5317 Introduction to Health and Public Policy (3:3:0,O) .  This course presents an overview of policymaking and describes health and public policy in the United States, Questions concerning practical issues in problem identification, policy formulation, implementation, and policy evaluation are addressed in this course. Special emphasis is placed on the interaction of social, political, and economic forces in shaping health policies.
    • HPCP 5321 Regulatory Aspects of Long-Term CareAnalysis 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.
    • HPCP 5322 Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management (3:3:0,O). 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.
    • HPCP 5330 Introduction to Informatics (3:3:0,O). 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 about information technology (IT) necessary to practice within the modern healthcare environment.
    • HPCP 5318 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3:3:0, O). The purpose of this course is to help students gain an appreciation of the theory of organizations and how this theory shapes the way healthcare administrators come to think about their administrative responsibilities and the range of options available to them through the literature. Understanding the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups in healthcare organizations will also be emphasized. Students will earn about organizational strategy that draws from and integrates a number of disciplines, including organization theory, finance, planning, and marketing. Course concepts will be applied in a series of cases.

Nursing (NURS)

    • 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 online.
    • 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% online, 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% online, 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% online, 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% online, 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.

Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences (ISQS)

  • 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.

Management (MGT)

  • 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.