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221.659.11 Introduction to Health Systems Modeling

International Health
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
East Baltimore
Tue 06/21/2016 - Fri 06/24/2016
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Bruce Lee
Course Instructor:

Basic statistics, basic knowledge of Excel


Mathematical and computational modeling and simulation methods have helped transform many industries and fields such as manufacturing, transportation, communications, and finance and are increasingly being used for health systems. As the use of such methods continues to grow, regardless of one’s eventual role in health systems, familiarity with such approaches and methods will likely become more and more important in the future.

Introduces students to mathematical and computational modeling and simulation methods to better understand, evaluate, and improve health systems. Addresses the basic concepts of mathematical and computational modeling and simulation and how they may apply to health systems. Covers the basics of economic and operational modeling and simulation, and introduces advanced Microsoft Excel features and the VenSim software.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Evaluate and critique a health system model
  2. Develop a basic mathematical/computational model of a health system
  3. Utilize a model to address a health system decision
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 20%
Interim Project Presentation: 30%
Final Project Report: 50%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are required to complete readings and a write-up/outline of their final project report prior to class. A final project report will be due on 6/24.