Interim Chairperson: Lars E. Olson, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies: Jay R. Goldberg, Ph.D., P.E.

Healthcare Technologies Management Program website

Degree Offered

Master of Science, Plan B only

Program Description

The healthcare technologies management program is a collaborative effort between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin that combines management, technology and health care. 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 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 to prepare for career advancement.

Elective courses, professional projects and internship opportunities enable students to customize their training to meet individual needs, interests and career goals. With the assistance of a faculty and industry/clinical adviser, students are required to design and complete a professional project in healthcare technologies management. This project will help develop skills that will be useful in the clinical or industrial environment.

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

See the Graduate School of Management Bulletin's transfer of credit policy regarding maximum business course transfer limits and requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applications are accepted from students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or a clinical field from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale).

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, directly to the Marquette University Graduate School:

  1. A completed application form and fee online.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of purpose stating career goals and how the program will help in reaching those goals.
  5. GRE (General Test only) average score of 60% minimum, GMAT, or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), average of 9 on the individual scores. (Waived for individuals with a doctoral degree.) For students with a GPA of 3.300 or higher, it may be possible to waive this test requirement.
  6. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of 580 on the paper-based version or 237 on the computer-based version is required. Minimum scoring for the Internet-based version is still being established for this program.

General Information

All admitted students are required to obtain and follow the department’s Graduate Student Handbook, which contains complete details about the program and degree requirements. This handbook is available through the Biomedical Engineering Office (414) 288-3375 and website.

Healthcare Technologies Management Master's Requirements

The program consists of 37.5 credit hours. All students are required to take the following courses.

Marquette University Courses

ACCO 6000Accounting Foundations2
ACCO 6100Managerial Accounting3
FINA 6100Financial Management3
HCTM 6200Health Care Technology Assessment3
HCTM 6500Management of Medical Product Development2
HCTM 6931Topics in Health Care Technologies Management0
HCTM 6998Professional Project in Health Care Technologies Management (Making the Transition from Engineer to Manager)3
HEAL 6840The Environment of Health Care Delivery2
MANA 6100Organizational Behavior3
MARK 6100Marketing Management3
Elective courses - must be approved by program director.6
Total Credit Hours30

Medical College of Wisconsin Courses

For each course listed below, students must register for HCTM 6946 Medical College of Wisconsin/HCTM-Joint Degree through MU and for the matching MCW course through MCW.

HCTM 6946Medical College of Wisconsin/HCTM-Joint Degree (and MCW 20250 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Management)1
HCTM 6946Medical College of Wisconsin/HCTM-Joint Degree (and MCW 14200 Survey of Biomedical Engineering Technology)3
HCTM 6946Medical College of Wisconsin/HCTM-Joint Degree (and MCW 14211 Biomedical Technology Standards and Regulations)2
HCTM 6946Medical College of Wisconsin/HCTM-Joint Degree (and MCW 14212 Ethics of Technology Utilization)1.5
Total Credit Hours7.5

Courses

HCTM 6200. Health Care Technology Assessment. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to health care technology assessment methods for hospital systems and medical businesses encompassing technical, clinical, and business elements. Topics include: clinical results analysis, gold standard comparison, Bland-Altman analysis, sensitivity/specificity analysis, and business trade-off analysis. Extensively uses case studies of present and developing medical technologies as examples of applied assessment methodologies.

HCTM 6500. Management of Medical Product Development. 2 cr. hrs.

Presents requirements for the design, development, and commercialization of new medical devices with an emphasis on management of the product development process. Topics include: formation and management of effective teams, creating an environment conducive to creativity and innovation, managing the R&D/Marketing and R&D/Manufacturing interfaces, motivation of technical personnel, and others.

HCTM 6931. Topics in Health Care Technologies Management. 0 cr. hrs.

Making the Transition from Engineer to Manager. Includes oral presentation skills, effective interviewing for managers, conducting performance appraisals, effective meetings and decision making/problem solving in groups, management and leadership of technical personnel, fundamentals of managing people, and conflict management. S/U grade assessment.

HCTM 6946. Medical College of Wisconsin/HCTM-Joint Degree. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Registration for this course allows students in the joint Marquette University/Medical College of Wisconsin health care technologies management program to take courses at the Medical College of Wisconsin to fulfill the elective requirements of the program.

HCTM 6995. Independent Study in Health Care Technologies Management. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

HCTM 6998. Professional Project in Health Care Technologies Management. 1-3 cr. hrs.

During the first term, students identify a project or internship involving the management of health care technologies, and present it to the faculty for approval. Project selection based on the career goals and interests of the student. Faculty and industry/hospital advisers assist students. Project completed during the third term and a final report presented to the faculty.