551.604.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
WF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Conan Dickson
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Homework, case studies and project consisting of an application of an operations research technique covered in the course.
  • Prerequisites
    Intermediate level of Excel competence
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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