Healthcare Logistics

As a result of aging, the cost for healthcare will increase in the coming years. To a large extent these costs consists of labour costs, while employees in healthcare will become scarce by population ageing. The goal of the Center for Healthcare Operations Improvement and Research (CHOIR) is to provide the same healthcare in the future with the same number of staff, without lowering the quality of care.

In recent years, a large number of projects have shown that techniques of Operations Research and Operations Management (OR/OM) make it possible to increase the efficiency of the logistics processes. The PDEng programme in Healthcare Logistics aims to educate professionals who are able to convert theory into implementation of OR/OM methods in healthcare. On the one hand, these professionals need a clear understanding of the theoretical developments within OR/OM, and on the other hand they should have a clear picture of the logistical processes in the healthcare sector. The healthcare sector has a high demand for professionals who implement the results of research in the sector. In many cases, the PDEng trainee will design an algorithm during his/her project, and the product will be a software tool.

PDEng programme in Healthcare Logistics

As a PDEng trainee in Healthcare Logistics, you will be appointed at a healthcare organisation, mostly within a department that focuses on increasing quality and efficiency. During the PDEng you will design solutions for recognition of logistical improvement, collect and analyse data, create support for improvements within the organisation, deploy logistical methods, implement prototypes, communicate with software developers, and monitor results of the improvement programme.

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If you have any further questions about the PDEng programme in Healthcare Logistics, please contact programme director prof.dr. R.J. (Richard) Boucherie: