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Quick Facts

  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

In the Community

The College of Health and Public Affairs is actively engaged in education, research, service and community partnerships that enrich the lives of its students, faculty and staff while strengthening communities both in the region and beyond. 


  • The College of Health and Public Affairs formed a long-term partnership with Children's Home Society of Florida, Orange County Public Schools and Central Florida Family Health Center, Inc., to establish Evans Community School in the Pine Hills area of Orlando.
  • The Communication Disorders Clinic annually serves more than 1,500 children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems.
  • The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management partners with the Corporation for National and Community Services to host a Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program that places volunteers in local organizations to increase the organization's capacity to assist homeless children.

Student Service-Learning

Many of the college's students gain real-world experience while addressing needs in the community through service-learning; for example:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy students complete 30 weeks of full-time clinical training at affiliated sites throughout the region.
  • Master of Public Administration students assess, analyze or evaluate programs for local public and nonprofit organizations.
  • Nearly 200 health services administration majors annually complete a semester-long internship at a health care organization.
  • Social work majors annually gather supplies from organizations and distribute them to disadvantaged citizens in the region.

Regional Campus & Online Programs

  • The college offers bachelor's degree, master's degree or minor programs at many UCF Regional Campuses.
  • The college offers many online courses and several completely online programs and is a leader in online education at UCF.

Alumni Serving the Region

College alumni serve the region in many ways; highlights include:

  • The police chiefs for the cities of Apopka, Lake Mary, Oakland, Ocoee and Titusville in Florida are graduates of the college's criminal justice or public administration programs.
  • The managers of Lake, Osceola, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties are graduates of the college's public administration programs.
  • The vice president/COO of Health First Palm Bay Hospital is a two-time graduate of the college's health managment and infomatics programs.
  • The president/CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition is a graduate of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs.

Center for Community Partnerships 

The college's Center for Community Partnerships supports the development of community-based partnerships that benefit the region.


Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation 

The college's Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation assists school districts and communities interested in establishing a comprehensive community school.

Amy Ellis with students 

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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