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Design the Future of Healthcare

Recommended in 2014 by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology as a way to accelerate improvements in healthcare and lower costs, health systems engineering is a strategy the industry needs to help advance and optimize healthcare. With millions gaining access to coverage through the Affordable Care Act, health system engineers will play a critical role in ensuring patients can access high quality, safe and affordable care as the industry continues to grow. UCF Online’s Healthcare Systems Engineering programs can provide you with the engineering and critical thinking tools needed to improve the overall operations of a healthcare system. Unlock your leadership potential today.

Choose from two different degree options designed to fit your schedule and timeline.

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Explore Graduate Certificate

Online Health Systems Engineering graduate working with doctor

Why Healthcare Systems Engineering?

Healthcare systems are becoming increasingly complex. To cope with this complexity, organizations will need healthcare systems engineering experts to ensure the effective delivery of care needed by patients. Through the online graduate Healthcare Systems Engineering program tracks, students will learn how to redesign current healthcare systems and, in turn, become a part of a necessary systemic change in this industry.

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What can You do with a HSE degree or certificate?

  • Conduct analysis of large-scale systems in healthcare
  • Analyze the risks to public health impacted by issues in the healthcare system
  • Simulate the operations of healthcare organizations
  • Develop and manage a quality management system
  • Plan and conduct initiatives that directly impact organizational quality and costs
  • Adapt information systems to improve management planning and control
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of processes, therapies and organizational controls

Healthcare Systems Engineering, MS

Program at a Glance

Online Master’s
Engineering and Computer Science
Per Credit Hour


Deepen your impact on the health care industry.

As healthcare systems management continues to evolve and grow, so does the demand for innovation at the systemic level. This is a call for the next generation of motivated leaders, progressive thinkers and empowered helpers. With an advanced degree in healthcare systems engineering, you’ll improve patient care while optimizing organizational resources.

Through UCF Online, you have the opportunity to implement, manage and introduce dynamic changes that will unleash the full potential of a modern, progressive healthcare system. This unique program’s coursework will prepare you to improve the design and implementation of social and ecological-systems solutions across the healthcare sector. Within UCF Online’s exciting, experiential learning environment, you’ll learn to use quantitative analysis, systems modeling and computer simulation to mitigate systemwide health risks and develop the infrastructure for a quality healthcare management system.

The work you do within your healthcare systems engineering degree will equip you to spearhead cutting-edge change initiatives needed to lead healthcare organizations into the future. Designed for healthcare practitioners, engineers, students and professionals from a variety of other educational backgrounds, you can earn your degree in as little as two years.

Healthcare Systems Engineering Certificate

Program at a Glance

Online Certificate
Engineering and Computer Science
Per Credit Hour


Fuel Your Passion for Healthcare Innovation.

If you’re not yet ready to commit to the full master’s program, then this certificate option may be for you. Upon completion of the certificate, you’ll receive the option to continue your studies on the path to the full master’s degree program.

With a certificate in healthcare systems engineering, you can directly introduce and implement system changes that help provide exceptional patient care and optimize organizational resources. With an online HSE graduate certificate, you’ll gain skills that will prepare you to make an impact in healthcare without requiring the full commitment of completing a master’s degree. As an added advantage, this certificate can also be used as a stepping-stone in completing your master’s degree in healthcare systems engineering when the time is right for you to take your degree to the next level.

Through UCF Online, you’ll gain tools to help realize your leadership potential and make systemic change a reality. This program’s unique curriculum will help prepare you to analyze social and ecological systems, provide strategies to mitigate risk and adapt systems to improve management planning.

Whether your goal is to break into the healthcare industry or refine your existing level of specialization, UCF Online’s healthcare systems engineering certificate is designed for healthcare practitioners, engineers, students and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. In as little as one year, your online healthcare systems engineering certificate can help grow your knowledge and allow you to make meaningful strides in improving patient care and deepening your impact on the healthcare industry.

Courses You’ll Take Include

Explore topics like the measurement of economic worth and economic optimization under constraints while also learning how to analyze economic risk and foundations of utility functions.

Learn more about concepts and philosophies relating to quality management, organization for quality and quality audits along with tools and techniques for evaluation and improvement.

Industrial Engineering Analytics for Healthcare

Get an overview of major data analytics algorithms and methods through examples from healthcare.

Full Course List Available in the Program Brochure.

Career Opportunities

The Healthcare Engineering programs help you develop the skills to prepare for some of the following positions in health if you can match your education with the necessary experience:

  • Continuous Improvement Specialist
  • Health Care Manager
  • Health Systems Engineer
  • Healthcare Analyst
  • Healthcare Management Engineer
  • Hospital Process Engineer
  • Industrial Healthcare Engineer

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Jobs Nationally

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*according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Computer and Information Systems Managers

Vernet Lasrado

From the Program Director

"Be the change in the future of health care today. Use Health care Systems Engineering to deliver systemwide solutions that accelerate improvement in patient quality of life and affordability of care."

Vernet Lasrado, PhD

Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way. Connect with a coach now.