Healthcare Technologies Management

Joint-Degree Program with Marquette University

Degree Offered
Master of Science

Program Description
The Healthcare Technologies Management Program is a collaborative effort between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin that combines business, technology and healthcare. The objective of the program is to educate professionals capable of managing the design, development, commercialization, and regulatory compliance of diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices, and the implementation, utilization, and assessment of hospital-based healthcare technologies.

Healthcare institutions, medical device companies, and healthcare consulting firms have a growing need for skilled professionals with technical and managerial skills, and an understanding of the healthcare delivery and regulatory environments. Graduates of the program will have the education and skills needed to pursue career opportunities in clinical, industrial, and consulting environments. The program meets the needs of recent undergraduates seeking an advanced degree as well as employed engineers interested in opportunities for career advancement. Elective courses and independent study projects enable students to customize their training to meet individual needs, interests, and career goals. With the assistance of a faculty and industry/clinical advisor, students are required to design and complete an independent study project.

The course offerings and schedules are designed to allow working students to pursue this MS degree on a part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in three semesters (12 months). Course topics include technology assessment, ethics of technology utilization, standards and regulations, product development and the environment of healthcare delivery.

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  Program Admissions Requirements

Application is made through Marquette University

In addition to the general Graduate School admission requirements, this program has additional specific requirements.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or equivalent).

  Program Degree Requirements

The Healthcare Technologies Management Program has a required 37.5 course credits to complete.

  Required Courses (Medical College of Wisconsin Campus)

14200 Survey of Biomedical Engineering Technology. 3 credits.
Review of technologies employed in medicine for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of chronic and acute diseases, as well as hospital support. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the operating principles, economic aspects, and purposes of healthcare technologies in clinical care.

14211 Biomedical Technology Standards and Regulations. 2 credits.
An overview of standards and regulations that impact on the development, acquisition, and management of healthcare technologies. International technical standards, such as those promulgated by ISO and IEC, are important factors in product design and user acceptance. Consensus technical standards are also reiterated in federal regulations that cover the medical manufacture and distribution of medical devices and indirectly regulates their use, including the practice of medicine in healthcare facilities. In order for their organizations to compete, technology managers need to understand the regulatory paths to U.S. and international markets. Likewise, reimbursement standards and regulations affect medical technologies at all stages of maturation, from prototype development, through testing, marketing, customer use and into obsolescence. This course examines how these standards and regulations affect technology viewed from different perspectives based on what a technology is (e.g. physical device or drug, information and knowledge) and what technology causes in the adopting organizations (e.g. change, new processes).

14212 Ethics of Technology Utilization. 1.5 credits.
Ethics applied to the utilization and management of health-care technologies in a patient-care setting, including topics such as beneficence, nonmaleficence, quality-cost, resource allocation and personal-public conflicts, technology diffusion models and controls, clinical research and research integrity, and patient rights and confidentiality.

14230 Product Development of Medical Devices. 2 credits.
Activities required for the design, development, and commercialization of new medical devices. Design, testing, regulatory, and legal requirements will be presented along with project evaluation and management methods. Issues involving management of the product development process will be discussed.

14298: Special Topics in Healthcare Technologies Management. .5 credit

  Required Courses (Marquette University Campus)

BUAD 202 Accounting Foundations. 2 credits.
Emphasis on external reporting to stockholders, government, and other outside parties. Includes measurement of income and expenses and the valuation of assets and equities, under various forms of business organizations. Structuring data to aid management decisions.

BUAD 230 Managerial Accounting. 3 credits. Prerequisite: BUAD 202.
The course emphasizes the role of the accounting system as a quantitative information system. Available data are restructured in the form of internal reports to management for use in planning and controlling routine operations as well as in making non routine decisions and formulating major plans and policies. The analysis of data makes use of regression analysis, matrix algebra and linear programming.

BUAD 240 Marketing Management. 3 credits.
An integrated approach to marketing from a managerial point of view. Making use of economic, quantitative and behavioral concepts in analyzing and developing a framework for decision making and implementation of a firm’s marketing program.

BUAD 250 Financial Management. 3 credits. Prerequisite: BUAD 202.
Application of financial theory and advanced techniques to the managerial decisions of the business firm. Topical coverage includes the areas of risk, valuation, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, investment decisions and international finance.

BUAD 262 Organizational Behavior. 3 credits.
Analysis of the intersection of the administrative process and the organization in attaining goals in various environments. Determinants of group and organizational performance, with consideration given to the intergroup processes, complex organizational processes and the behavioral consequences of organizational structure.

HEAL 240: Environment of Healthcare Delivery. 2 credits.
Review of current models for healthcare delivery (e.g. fee for service, modified fee for service, managed care, capitated care, IPOs, HMOs), and the ascendancy/descendency of various models in different geographic regions and in response to economic incentives


Electives 6 credits

There are many elective courses to choose from. Students must obtain approval for their elective courses from the program director.