About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for QUANTITATIVE TOOLS FOR MANAGERS (551.604.01), a course offered by Extradepartmental at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Provides current and future managers in health care with operational understanding of quantitative modeling tools that can be used to support decision-making. Involves formulation of decision problems into models, solving models using spreadsheet and optimization software, and interpretation of modeling results. Modeling methods to be covered include linear programming, decision analysis, queueing, and simulation. These methods are applied to problems involving staffing, scheduling, patient flow analysis and other management problems.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • To develop an understanding of the process of quantitative modeling
  • To formulate decision-making problems in terms of goals, objectives, constraints and decision variables (options)
  • To identify appropriate applications of linear programming, decision analysis, and queuing models
  • To develop a conceptual, as well as computational understanding of these models
  • To stimulate critical thinking about operational issues in a system

Course Time

Wed Fri   1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

Course Faculty

Intermediate level of Excel competence

Intended Audience

Individuals who expect to become health care managers and leaders and will need to make decisions regarding the use of resources in large or complex organizations.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Homework, case studies and project consisting of an application of an operations research technique covered in the course.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Jamila Savage
E-mail: jsavage@jhsph.edu