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Our health care systems are changing – globally, nationally, regionally and locally – and much of that change is happening without the support of systems engineers who understand the issues associated with massive systemic change involving a diversity of people and organizations. Many health care professionals have significant expertise in their respective health care occupations, but often lack expertise in continuously improving the design of systems, processes or products. A May 2014 PCAST study recommended that “the United States build a health care workforce that is equipped with essential systems engineering competencies that will enable system redesign.”

This web-based online master’s program in Healthcare Systems Engineering is designed to attract students with a variety of educational backgrounds and keen interest in working in the healthcare field. It provides existing healthcare practitioners, and individuals with an engineering background who are interested in joining the rapidly expanding field of healthcare systems, with models and tools such as quantitative analysis, systems modeling and computer simulation for effective decision-making in healthcare organizations and systems.

Translating a specific design into an organizational or physical reality in the most effective manner, and with highest possible quality, is the focus of the industrial engineering and management systems field. This program is tailored to meet the needs of a broad range of national and global working professionals interested in leading healthcare systems engineering and management initiatives. It is the first program of its kind, with no other university currently offering a similar program fully online.

Application and Admission Requirements

The Healthcare Systems Engineering Graduate Program requires an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics, quantitative management or similar field. Outstanding students with degrees in other disciplines such as business, economics or computer/information sciences may also be considered on a case-by-case basis, provided they have significant work experience and/or very high academic standing. For general information on UCF graduate admissions requirements visit the Graduate Admissions page.

For information about the program, please contact Dr. Vernet Lasrado (

Course of Study

  • HSC 6636 – Issues in the Health Professions
  • EIN 6551 – Systems Architecting
  • EIN 6357 – Advanced Engineering Economics
  • ESI 5359 – Risk Assessment & Management
  • EIN 5117 – Management Information Systems
  • ESI 5219 – Engineering Statistics
  • ESI 5531 – Discrete Systems Simulation
  • ESI 6609 – IE Analytics in Healthcare
  • ESI 6224 – Quality Management
  • EIN 5140 – Project Engineering (Capstone)

Quick Facts

  • Fully Online Degree
  • 2 year completion
  • 7 week classes
  • Admission twice per year (Fall and Spring)
  • Requires 30 credit hours (10 courses)
  • No GRE requirement
  • Wide range of professional and research opportunities

For information about the program, please contact Dr. Vernet Lasrado (