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Department: Extradepartmental
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Jamila Savage
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

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.

Learning Objective(s):
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

Methods of Assessment: Homework, case studies and project consisting of an application of an operations research technique covered in the course.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Friday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 45
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this class
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

All students must receive consent from Jamila Savage to register.

For consent, contact:

Intermediate level of Excel competence

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: