Healthcare Systems Engineering & Thinking Course

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The Johns Hopkins Healthcare Systems Engineering and Thinking course provides participants with a deep understanding of today's ongoing healthcare challenges and the tools and strategies they need to develop high-impact, long-lasting systems-based solutions.

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Course Description

Healthcare systems engineering. Scientist using digital tablet working in modern healthcare research laboratory.

Using a systems-thinking and engineering approach, participants in Johns Hopkins Engineering Lifelong Learning Healthcare Systems Engineering and Thinking course will learn to define, parse, and articulate solutions to existing and anticipated healthcare challenges in a variety of settings and ecosystems. You’ll learn to understand different intervention concepts, archetypes, and frameworks that can be applied to solve the most pressing healthcare challenges.

Key Takeaways

Learning objectives will be realized through the process of creating enduring healthcare change. Specific use cases will apply baseline knowledge and approaches to create change that enables remote care in large-scale health events (LSHE) where immediate on-site care is not possible. Given the ways COVID-19 exposed the frailties of the global healthcare system, as well as its impact on emerging healthcare innovations, this is a particularly timely objective.

  • Differentiate systems thinking, engineering terms and concepts.

  • Enumerate systems methods to better impact change in healthcare challenges.

  • Describe healthcare systems and their components in an ecosystem.

  • Map public health challenges to systems frameworks to address risks.

  • Identify technology and process possibilities to address and improve healthcare systems.


It is recommended that participants have at least seven to ten years of experience working in healthcare or a systems-related field, as well as at least three to five years of experience in a leadership role so they can make an impact on their organization’s long-term strategy as well as contribute to the program’s team learning objectives. It is also recommended that participants have at least a bachelor’s degree in systems, science, business, or healthcare field as well, as it will better enable the learning and application of the course’s concepts.

Who Should Take this Course

Executive, senior, and rising junior healthcare professionals, as well as healthcare stakeholders who are passionate about enduring change to our current global healthcare systems.


  • Johns Hopkins Engineering Lifelong Learning courses do not offer academic credit.
  • Learners will have view only access to online materials for 1 year after the conclusion for the course.
  • Additional policies are available on the Johns Hopkins Lifelong Learning Policies page.

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Lia Scarince
Lia Scarince leads program strategy and project execution initiatives within the National Health Mission Area at JHU/APL, where she leverages 20 years’ experience at the front lines of public, private, and military health systems.
Alan Ravitz
Alan D. Ravitz is chief engineer in JHU/APL’s National Health Mission Area and is chair of the Whiting School of Engineering’s Engineering for Professionals MS program in Healthcare Systems Engineering.
Matthew Montoya
Dr. Matthew (Matt) Montoya is an advisor, instructor, professor, academic program director, and researcher at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Systems Engineering, Healthcare Systems Engineering, and Lifelong Learning programs.
James Caroland
James Caroland is an active-duty Navy Captain in the Cyber Warfare Engineer community.  He is currently the Chair of the Cyber Science Department at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Design Thinking Team

Andrew Ball
Andy Ball is the human and complex systems design strategist in JHU/ APL’s Design Thinking Group, where he leads cross-functional teams in the delivery of amazing solutions in the service of national security and space exploration.
Sarah Rigsbee
Sarah Rigsbee is a senior human-centered design and innovation strategist and senior professional staff member at JHU/APL and is the lead human-centered design strategist for JHU’s Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA).