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Lawrence West

Lawrence West

, Ph.D., MBA
Associate Professor
Health Management and Informatics
Employed Since: 2010

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Biography

Larry West is an associate professor with the Department of Health Management and Informatics at UCF. He previously worked in the Department of Information Management Systems at the UCF College of Business Administration.

West received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Davis, his MBA from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in information systems and industrial organization economics from Texas A&M University. He has published multiple papers on the economics of information and information systems, geographic information systems as a decision support technology, and the international labor market for skilled professionals.  His teaching interests are database management systems and the development of custom web and Windows-based applications.

Following graduation from UC Davis, West served as a Regular Army Infantry Officer and Comptroller for 10 years, and  in the US Army Reserve, mostly in the Civil Affairs Corps, for 18 years. He is a veteran of the first deployment of U.S. forces to Iraq, where he earned the Bronze Star and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools. West enjoys poker and plays it badly.

Credentials

  • Ph.D.
  • MBA
  • Research Interests

    • geographic information systems
    • information economics
    • decision support systems
    • electronic commerce
    • government information systems

    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."
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    — 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."
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    — 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."
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