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Aaron Liberman

Aaron Liberman

, Ph.D., L.H.R.M.
Emeritus Professor
Health Management and Informatics

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Aaron Liberman, Ph.D., retired Jan. 6, 2014, as a professor of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. During his almost 18 years at UCF, Liberman served as the department chairman for a total of seven years. Liberman is a trained hospital administrator and worked actively in the field as a CEO and COO of several hospitals and health services organizations. He also earned and has retained State of Florida licensure and certification as a health care risk manager. Liberman was awarded the rank of professor emeritus in April 2014 for his contributions to the university.

As a researcher, Liberman has published 98 scholarly manuscripts in refereed national and international journals, five monographs, and four books. His most recent book is titled "Raising a Parent." Liberman has served as a member of the editorial review board of two national journals. He is a charter faculty fellow of UCF's School of Teaching Learning and Leadership. Liberman also has had consulting assignments with more than 100 organizations in a variety of health services, defense and other industrial settings. Included in his portfolio of consulting assignments have been studies of the financial value of 35 hospitals and health systems to their communities of service. 

Liberman has earned four academic degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baylor University; a Master of Science in educational psychology from Indiana University; a Master of Arts in hospital and health administration from The University of Iowa; and a Doctor of Philosophy in hospital and health administration, also from the University of Iowa.

Liberman and his wife, Joan, a licensed clinical social worker, have resided in Orlando since 1996. In July 2014, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of two grown children and they have three school-aged grandchildren, and recently were advised that a fourth will soon be on his way.  


  • Ph.D.
  • L.H.R.M.
  • Research Interests

    • health care risk management
    • strategic planning
    • dispute resolution
    • financial management

    The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
    — Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
    My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
    — Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
    UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
    — Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
    UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
    — Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
    My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
    — Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
    The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
    — Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
    The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
    — Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
    As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
    — April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
    It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
    — Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
    I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
    — Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
    The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
    — Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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