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Get insights into the possible impact of technology on healthcare and learn how to make decisions based on that.

The specialisation in Healthcare Technology & Management (HCTM) gives you unique expertise in optimising healthcare processes. It will familiarise you with systems for healthcare finances and new developments in healthcare technology. Using your skills in mathematical modelling and computer simulation, you will be able to put new business process technologies to use in helping healthcare institutions provide high-quality care and engage in continuous innovation at a minimal cost. Your knowledge will enable you to bring together technology developers and researchers and new technologies and strategies with the demand challenges faced by care providers and patients. 

Research orientations

A research orientation represents a scientific research area and determines a part of the mandatory courses you are going to follow and the field in which you will complete your master’s thesis. Within the specialisation in HCTM, there is only one research orientation, which is fully in line with the specialisation itself and is also called Healthcare Technology and Management.

What to expect?

In this specialisation, you will focus on two main themes. Entrepreneurship in Technological Innovation is all about the effective development and implementation of healthcare technology. Healthcare Logistics focuses on the efficient and effective application of modelling techniques in healthcare organisations, with a particular focus on hospitals. You also get to explore the organisational aspects of hospitals from an Industrial Engineering and Management perspective, with some courses being taught in collaboration with the Master’s in Health Sciences.

Examples of courses you follow during this specialisation:
  • The course Decision Making in Healthcare provides you with the skills needed to determine for example which care pathways are optimal for individual cancer patients.
  • Do you want to optimise and tailor the use of innovations in healthcare through simulation? The course Advanced Simulation for Health Economic Analysis will teach you how.
  • How can you identify the patterns underlying disease progression and individual behaviour using Big Data? You will develop the skills needed in the course Applied Statistical Learning.

As you are educated to become an engineer, you will learn to come up with solutions to complex problems. This way, you get to deal with a lot of various cases. Think, for example, of weighing cost savings against risk in decisions regarding the adoption of new therapies, optimising personnel costs for different hospital departments, or identifying bottlenecks in the care process and figuring out how many machines you need to achieve maximum efficiency and quality. Just as in the other two specialisations, you will get many opportunities to work on such real-life cases. Not only during some of the courses, but also in your master’s thesis, which you will complete at a (healthcare) organisation, solving an actual problem.

What will you learn? 

As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge and skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have an understanding of decision-making processes in healthcare;
    • have insights in uncertainties and know how to reflect their impact in simulation modelling;
    • know the limitations of methods used to inform healthcare decision making.
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • can design simulation models that reflect processes in healthcare accurately;
    • have skills in data analysis and machine learning approaches;
    • are able to programme advanced discrete-event simulation (DES) models.
  • Value

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have a critical attitude towards value assessment in healthcare;
    • recognise and balance the needs of different stakeholders (individuals, patients, care providers, insurers, ministry) regarding healthcare provision;
    • value multidisciplinary collaboration.

Other master’s and specialisations

Is this specialisation not exactly what you are looking for? Maybe one of the other specialisations suits you better. For example, you can also choose the specialisation in Production & Logistic Management, with the research orientation Operations Management in Healthcare.

It is also possible – and welcomed – to make bridges between specialisations, by adding a second specialisation (within or outside of the Master's in Industrials Engineering & Management). 

Not sure if the Master's in Industrial Engineering & Management is the right choice for you? Find out more about these other Master’s at UT:

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