The Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering graduate program at UW–Madison focuses on data, system design, and the health care system. In just 12 months, you are ready to excel in your industry.

Is this program right for you?

Challenges and problems with health systems bring an increased need for engineers who can lead innovation. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Industrial Engineering: Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering named option enables you to improve system performance and drive positive change in the health industry.


While people work with computers in every industry, the need for accuracy and ease of use increases dramatically in the healthcare field. At UW–Madison, you learn to address and overcome known challenges by applying existing human performance knowledge and generating new and relevant experimental data.


Work with renowned faculty to learn traditional engineering principles, such as ergonomics, management approaches, job design, and decision science. Then apply those principles to broad issues in health care, including long-term care, prevention, quality improvement, and patient safety.


With an emphasis on real-world application and an accelerated 12-month timetable, the UW–Madison Human Factors and Healthcare Systems Engineering master’s program provides a path for you to substantially contribute to human health and wellbeing through your engineering expertise.


What you Learn

  • Identify sources and investigate solutions to questions and challenges in industrial and systems engineering
  • Combine traditional engineering principles and human factors research to achieve compatibility among machines, people, and environments
  • Optimize human well-being and overall system performance through problem solving and the application of classroom knowledge
  • Critique or elaborate on theories, research methods, and approaches to human factors and their effect on systems, such as decision science, operations research, and quality engineering
  • Synthesize industrial data to solve problems in the healthcare industry

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • The flexible curriculum can be personalized to suit your needs
  • Students who hold a graduate degree may transfer up to 9 credits of prior graduate work
  • UW–Madison Industrial Engineering students may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards degree
  • Complete in 12-16 months: Fall-Spring-Summer or Fall-Spring-Fall (allows for summer job internship)

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All applicants must:

    • Meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School.
    • Meet department specific requirements as outlined below:
  • Hold a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering or related area or equivalent
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose with online application
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 243 (computer-based test), or 92 (Internet version).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Information on taking the GRE exam can be found here: Please note: Applicants should plan to take their exam by Dec. 1st to allow scores to be sent and processed.
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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