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The rigorous online curriculum balances systems engineering theory and practice, enabling engineers and healthcare professionals to re-engineer healthcare delivery on a broad scale. Students develop concepts for possible solutions that seamlessly integrate technology into healthcare settings, addressing issues such as safety, affordability, security and privacy, performance, and healthcare outcomes. Instructors are practicing professionals who incorporate real-world problem-solving activities and case studies into discussion topics.

For those that wish to start this program in the spring of 2019, please review the Healthcare Systems Engineering schedule planning document, which maps out some sample course paths for you.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Develop a systems description or design for healthcare-related systems and processes;
  2. Describe the requirements, drivers, functions, components, interdependencies, risks, and quality factors for various healthcare systems and proces;
  3. Develop new healthcare devices, systems, or policies using a systems approach;
  4. Direct the evaluation of healthcare system components and recommend improvements in performance and efficiency;
  5. Incorporate humans in the engineering systems design to ensure patient safety and value.


Program Chair: Alan Ravitz

Program Coordinator: Arti Kennedy (410-516-2262,


Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include an undergraduate major in engineering or the sciences.
  • Must have at least two years' experience in engineering or the healthcare field.
  • A detailed work résumé must be submitted.
  • When reviewing an application, your academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • The curriculum consists of six required core courses (18 credits) and 12 credits of electives. Subject to advisor approval, an elective may be substituted for a required course if the student has previously completed an equivalent graduate-level course.
  • Electives may be chosen from a selected list of courses in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (, the Applied Biomedical Engineering program ( or from the Systems Engineering program (


Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.



140.611 - Statistical Methods in Public Health I (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)*
140.612 - Statistical Methods in Public Health II (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)*
140.651 - Methods in Biostatistics I (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)
140.652 - Methods in Biostatistics II (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)
309.730 - Patient Safety and Medical Errors (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)*
309.732 - Human Factors in Patient Safety (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)
311.615 - Quality of Medical Care (3 BSPH credits/2 EP credits)*

* Bloomberg (BSPH) courses with an asterisk refer to online courses; Bloomberg courses without an asterisk refer to in-person courses, which are offered for selected electives should a student prefer a classroom setting.

Program News

JHU Offers New Master's Degree Program in Healthcare Systems Engineering
November 6, 2018

Johns Hopkins Engineering has launched a new online master's degree program in healthcare systems engineering aimed at preparing engineers and healthcare professionals to make healthcare more efficient, affordable and safer. Approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the new program is now accepting applications for the spring 2019 semester.

Spring 2019 Program News
October 22, 2018

Johns Hopkins Engineering Advances: Professional engineering program news.

New Grant Will Support Faculty Training in Online and Digital Learning
June 7, 2018

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals has received a DELTA grant to build Faculty Forward, an intensive faculty development program to train fellows in the latest and most effective online and digital learning tools and techniques. The grant was awarded by JHU's Office of the Provost.