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Health Systems Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
828 West Peachtree Street, NW
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Atlanta, 30308
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Masters Program

Frequently Asked Questions

When was your program first established?

In 1958 when Harold Smalley came to Georgia Tech. Throughout the 60s and 70s, the Health Systems (HS) program hosted several Ph.D. students and the BSHS and MSHS programs were established in 1974. The BSHS was discontinued in the mid-80s when a consolidation of programs at Georgia Tech merged Health Systems with Industrial Engineering.  In 2006, the Health Systems Institute was established and connected with the Wallace H. Coulter Dpartment of Biomedical Engineering due to its multi-disciplinary approach and close partnership with Emory University. HSI currently participates in significant research with Emory University's School of Medicine, Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

How many students have graduated from your program?


How many students are currently enrolled in the program?

12 in the master's program, 10 in the Ph.D program, and 3 who are pursuing minors in HS as apart of Ph.D. in Architecture.

What is the duration of the program?

One calendar year (3 semesters). Students can start any semester, although it is suggested to start in the fall.

Is the program course-only or are there project and/or thesis options?

The program is course-only with internships/GRAs.

What makes your program unique?

Our industry sponsorship/mentors. Almost all students are paired with local industry leaders in graduate research assistant positions. We also have an incredible network of alumni who are actively involved with the program.

How difficult is it to find a job after completing the program?

After graduation, students find good jobs in various areas around the country. Most MS students have several job offers with competitive salaries before they complete their second semester. Salary is dependant on prior work experience and the nature of the site (hospitals pay on the lower end with consulting paying at the higher end).  In the last 5 years, we have had no problem placing students with the proper work visas.

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