Healthcare Modeling and Simulation Certificate

The Naval Postgradute School, in partnership with the Uniformed Services Univeristy of the Health Sciences, have collaborated to design and deliver a distance learning educational program for healthcare simulation professionals.  This program focuses on the effective use of modeling and simulation in the healthcare domain.  The materials developed have been reviewed and incorporated into an efficient, interactive, fast-paced certificate program for working professionals.

The certificate requires the completion of four courses, comprising of 16 credit hours of work at the graduate level.  These courses form a coherent sequence to equip the certificate student with the core skills necessary to manage a modeling and simulation education and research program which can be completed in 12 months. 


Healthcare Modeling and Simulation Certificate Courses


MV4002: Simulation and Training: This course focuses on training issules in virtual environments (VEs).  VEs have often been considered to be general purpose trainers.  However, systems are often built without an understanding of how to build a trainer that can verify that it improves subsequent performance without forming bad habits or other reverse training artifacts.  This course will first investigate VE training systems from a theoretical perspective, focusing on learning, memory, and cognition.  From this framework, actual training systems will be studied with the focus being on actual study of training transfer of a recall training system. Prerequistites-None. (4 hours lecture; 1 hour lab)

MV3403: Research Methods and Statistics for Healthcare Simulation: This course focuses on common research and statistical methods used to assess performance in simulated healthcare environments.  Research methods covered include differences between surveys, observational studies and experiments, sampling procedures, instrumentation, reliability and validity, ethical requirements in conducting human subjects research, and the components of a grant proposal.  Statistical methods include hypothesis testing, t-tests, z-test, ANOVA, regression, and chi square methods.  Labs will be conducted using appropriate statistical software that will provide students with hands-on understanding of many of the statistical methods covered in lecture.  Prerequisites: None. (3 hours lecture; 1 hour lab)

MV4003: Technology and Simulation in Healthcare Education: This distance learning course exposes students to the full breadth of medical simulation technologies used to train healthcare-related tasks, recreate physiologic conditions and disease states, assess domain knowledge, and support review and/or archiving.  An integral part of the course is participation in a hands-on simulation practicum.  The course combines structured asynchronous independent study, on-line discussion forums, post-and-assess peer-learning exercises, and weekly synchronous 'office hours' with subject matter experts (physicians, nurses, medical technology specialists) and the NPS course facilitator.  Prerequisites-None. (3 hours lecture; 1 hour lab)

MV4460 Management of Modeling and Simulation Development: The purpose of this course is to prepare MOVES students to manage large-scale modeling and simulation projects.  The course traces the development lifecycle of modeling & simulation systems, including but not limited to project management, measurement, lifecycle models, requirements, implementation, testing, verification, and deployment of large-scale systems typical of DoD acquisition.  Prerequisites- None. (4 hours lecture)


Healthcare Modeling and Simulation Graduate Certificate Program


Contact Information

Program Officer: Marianna Jones

Bullard Hall, Room 102

(831) 656-7857, DSN 756-7857


Academic Associate: Rudy Darken, Ph.D.

Code CS/Rd, Watkins Hall, Room 384

(831) 656-7588, DSN 756-7588