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Health Systems Engineering

Whether it’s a natural disaster, the flu season or your doctor’s office, NC State’s industrial engineers are working to improve the effectiveness and quality of healthcare. Our Health Systems Engineering Program (HSE) focuses on the entire patient care cycle. This includes screening, vaccination, preventive medicine, diagnosis, treatment, medications, monitoring, and checkups.

Our students and faculty focus on research that drives innovation in:

  • clinical operations
  • individual treatment choices
  • and supply chain optimization

HSE research is interdisciplinary and uses a variety of tools to optimize systems and processes. These tools include:

  • simulation
  • mathematical programming
  • statistical analysis
  • metaheuristics
  • dynamic programming and decision analysis

ISE is a founding member of the Healthcare Engineering Alliance (HEA). We often partner with UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and the Durham VA to model real world problems and provide solutions. This allows us to continue developing a world-class research and academic program.

Are you a current or potential student looking for more information? Please contact our Undergraduate Services Coordinator | | 919.513.2189

Are you an industry leadergovernment agency or university and want to partner with ISE on a research project? Contact Julie Swann | | 919.515.6423

Health Systems Certificate Program

Our program, the first of it’s kind in North Carolina, is designed to prepare you for a career in the healthcare field. After successful completion of the program, you will receive a Health Systems Engineering Certificate which sets you apart and makes your more marketable for a future career in the healthcare industry.

Personalized Medicine Cluster

Through the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University has established a Faculty Cluster in Personalized Medicine Discovery focused on the development of quantitative methods toward the promise of personalized medicine and their implementation in practice. Industrial and Systems Engineering has partnered with the Department of Statistics and the Department of Mathematics to establish this innovative entity, whose goal is to bring together faculty who are separately pursuing personalized medicine research to draw strength from their diverse perspectives, fostering innovation. An added benefit will be interdisciplinary training of graduate students in the quantitative sciences allowing them to emerge with unique, cross-cutting methodological and collaborative skills that will be in high demand.

Want to see the research projects our students are working on right now? View our Current Ph.D. Student Page. Are you a student and want to join us? Undergraduates contact Undergraduate Services Coordinator | | 919.513.2189 and graduates contact our Graduate Services | 919.515.6410

Health Systems Engineering Faculty

Associate Professor


Goodnight Distinguished Chair in Operations Research and Director of Operation Research


Associate Professor of Personalized Medicine


A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor and Department Head


Associate Research Professor Emeritus