MSIE – Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering
By examining, designing, testing and evaluating products, environments and how people interact in it, Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering professionals can create productive, safe and satisfying environments for humans, and apply industrial and systems engineering tools and approaches to specific health care problems.
- Fall: December 15
- Spring: October 1
Is This Program Right for You?
The demand for engineers who can combine a concern for the human component with traditional engineering principles is great. The Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering program provides students content from physical ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, macroergonomics and broad issues in health care, including long-term care, prevention, quality improvement, health care financing, and system evaluation.
This program considers human reliability, psychomotor capabilities and human characteristics in equipment. As an important aspect of equipment design is human-computer interaction. Engineers are concerned with the complex physical relationships between people, machines, job demands and work methods, design, work quality and assessment of skill. Also important are organizational issues such as management approaches, job design, participative problem solving, psychological stress, job satisfaction, performance effectiveness, product/service quality, and quality of work life.
Effective model building requires strong systems analysis skills. While skill in manipulating statistical and mathematical models is essential to an industrial engineer’s success, the health systems engineer must also be able to initiate resolutions to strategic problems using knowledge of how organizational decisions are made.
What You Learn
- Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in industrial and systems engineering including areas such as decision science and operations research, quality engineering, manufacturing and health systems, and/or human factors.
- Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in industrial and systems engineering.
- Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate industrial and systems engineering methodologies and practices.
- Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in industrial and systems engineering.
- Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to industrial and systems engineering.
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Degree & Prospective Student Information
- 30 credit degree program; may transfer up to 7 credits of prior graduate coursework if applicant has previous MS degree from institution other than UW-Madison with approval by department advisor
- UW-Madison students completing their bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison may count up to 6 credits of approved coursework numbered 300 or above towards the degree with prior ISyE Department program approval* **
- With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate course work from other institutions.
- 12-16 month program: Students may finish in a 12 month timeline by enrolling in summer session. If student wishes to complete a summer internship, student may finish their degree in an additional Fall semester. However, program must be completed within 16 months.
*If they were taken within 5 years of admission post a student’s bachelor’s degree graduation per Graduate School policy https://grad.wisc.edu/documents/prior-coursework/
**Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Information for Current Students
Please DO NOT mail any paper copies of application materials. They will not be reviewed. Please only upload the required application materials with the Graduate School application. This includes official transcripts. If an applicant is admitted by the ISyE Admissions Committee, they will receive further instructions from the ISyE Graduate Admissions Office.
Applicants should monitor your application status by visiting the “Graduate Application Status” window within your MyUW portal (information on this is received after submitting an application). You may need to activate a NetID to gain access to the MyUW portal.
Applicants will receive an email from the ISyE Graduate Admissions Office with the Admissions Committee’s decision as soon as the office receives it.
For more information about the Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering – Human Factors and Health Engineering please visit: https://advanceyourcareer.wisc.edu/degrees/human-factors-health-systems-engineering/
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