2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate ►

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: Certificate
Department: Industrial Engineering and Management System
Program Website: https://www.ucf.edu/online/degree/healthcare-systems-engineering/

Program Description

The Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate is a fully online degree program designed to be completed within one year. This 15-credit-hour program trains students to implement, manage and introduce systematic changes to improve patient care and enhance utilization of organizational resources. This unique program is offered in response to the growing needs of the healthcare industry.

Students will receive a Certificate, offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, in the Healthcare Systems Engineering Track.

This degree can help students realize their leadership potential, fuel their passion for healthcare innovation, and provide the necessary tools needed to make this systemic change a reality. Through the ideology and principles of systems engineering taught in this degree, individuals learn the specialized skills needed to foster operational change within healthcare organizations.  

By completion, students will be able to help healthcare organizations to:

  • Conduct analyses of large-scale social and ecological systems across the healthcare sector
  • Assess and mitigate risks throughout organizational processes and relationships
  • Analyze risks to individual and public health impacted by issues in the healthcare system
  • Bring evidence-based thinking and analysis to process and system change
  • Develop and manage a quality management system across an organizational setting
  • Adapt information systems to improve management planning and control

Sampling of career opportunities include:

  • Healthcare Management Engineer
  • Operational Excellence Project Manager
  • Systems Redesign Consultant
  • Lean Specialist
  • Process Improvement Consultant
  • Continuous Improvement Specialist
  • Healthcare Analyst

Please note: Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Certidicate requires 15 credit hours of courses beyond the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the program, please contact the HSE Director Dr. Vernet Lasrado (vernet.lasrado@ucf.edu).

Total Credit Hours Required: 15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree


An undergraduate course in probability and statistics

Required Courses: 9 Credit Hours

All of the following courses are required for completion of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate.

Elective Course 1: 3 Credit Hours

One of the two of the following courses is required for completion of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate.

Elective Course 2: 3 Credit hours

One of the two of the following courses is required for completion of the Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate.

Cost Per Credit Hour

For both in-state and out-of-state students, the cost is $1,239.16 per credit hour which includes tuition and fees.  

*Fee subject to change.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirement , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vita
  • Goal statement
    • The goal statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of a graduate certificate in Industrial Engineering. Future educational and career goals after the completion of the applicant’s certificate study should be discussed.The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • International Students
    • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
    • Given the fully online nature of this degree program, International students will not receive an F1 visa, hence you will not take this degree program in the US. International students are free to take this degree program from their home or any country besides the US.
  • Applications are accepted for the fall and spring terms only.
  • Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Application Deadlines

Healthcare Systems Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants        

*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Vernet Lasrado PhD
Director, HSE MS Track
Telephone: 404-769-5264
Engineering II, Room 312  

Ahmad Elshennawy PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2204
Engineering 2, Room 312

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-5692
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes

GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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