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Graduate Certificate

Health Systems Innovation Certificate

The Health Systems Innovation Certificate prepares you for growing career opportunities in the healthcare industry. Driven by the need to provide access to excellent care for everyone at a reasonable cost, growing career opportunities exist with service providers, medical device and equipment manufacturers, insurance providers, smartphone application developers, electronic health record system and other software vendors.

WPI’s Graduate Certificate Programs help technical and business professionals keep up with changing technology—and the accompanying business issues—by targeting specific areas of technology management.

If you decide to pursue further study, certificate credits can be applied toward a graduate degree.



To apply for this certificate program, you must have a BS degree in any discipline.

The graduate certificate in Health Systems Innovation requires completion of four courses: two required courses for a total of six credits and two three-credit elective courses.

Two Required Courses (6 credits)

  1. BUS 545: Introduction to Health Systems
  2. OIE 556: Health Systems Modeling and Improvement

Two Electives

  1. FIN 500: Financial Information and Management
  2. MIS 500: Innovating with Information Systems
  3. MIS 584: Business Intelligence
  4. OBC 505: Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
  5. OIE 501: Designing Operations for Competitive Advantage
  6. OIE 542: Risk Management and Decision Making
  7. OIE 544: Supply Chain Analysis and Design
  8. OIE 552: Modeling and Optimizing Processes
  9. OIE 555: Lean Processing Design
  10. OIE 558: Designing and Managing Six-Sigma Processes
  11. OIE 559: Optimization Methods for Business Analytics
  12. DS 501: Introduction to Data Science
  13. SYS 501: Concepts of Systems Engineering

How to Apply

The following materials are required when applying to a certificate program:

  1. Completed online application
  2. Official transcripts from undergraduate institutions previously attended
  3. The application fee (waived for current WPI undergraduates and WPI alumni)
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Official TOEFL/IETLS test scores required for international students who come from countries where English is not their first language.
    • For all Business School graduate programs the minimum score for the TOEFL exam is 90 and the IELTS minimum score is 7.
    • Applicants who have completed two years of full-time study in a college or university in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or the Anglophone regions or Africa, Canada, or the Caribbean, within five years of matriculating at WPI are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS* scores. Students who have studied at a school where the language of instruction is English, but the official language of the country is not English do not qualify for a waiver (e.g., study at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, does not qualify a student for the TOEFL waiver).
  6. Statement of Purpose

  7. Resume

For the standardized tests, WPI’s institution code is 3969 and all departments use the same code.

*Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. We will not accept paper IELTS test report forms. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduate Admissions
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609